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Derby, CT 06418
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$425.00

Meiji Metalwork Coffee Pot, Signed
Beautifully crafted cast brass or light bronze coffee pot with high relief decoration of a crane amid rough sea waves and two rabbits staring up at a crescent moon. An unidentified signature is impressed on the base. Meiji period (1868-1912). The handle is stylized, and there is a hinged cap on the top of the spout and a removable cover with finial. The crane, a symbol of long life and venerable old age, flies above the rough seas beneath a stylized cloud. Such extensive and freely executed representations of high waves, foam and spray are known as “araumi” (rough sea) motifs.

In Japanese art the rabbit is associated with longevity and is one of the twelve animals of the zodiac. Legends and design motifs associated with the rabbit link the animal to waves and also to the moon, where it is said to pound rice cakes and the elixir of immortality. Both cranes and rabbits are looked upon as auspicious creatures who bring good fortune and long life to those who pay them the proper respect.

The Meiji era produced a great number of outstanding metal artists who produced metal work unrivalled in artistry and craftsmanship. The government encouraged craftsmen to show their products at expositions at home and abroad. Western art lovers were enthusiastic about the metal wares, the likes of which they had never seen before.

CONDITION is excellent. The combination of high relief work and soft patina gives this heavily-cast pot a wonderful depth and character.

DIMENSIONS: 8 ½” (21.5 cm) high, 7 ½” (19 cm) wide.



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