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Seto Sharkskin Porcelain Gourd Form Vase, Imura

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Seto Sharkskin Porcelain Gourd Form Vase, Imura

This finely potted Japanese porcelain vase with a bulbous onion gourd style neck was finished with a sharkskin texture and hand painted with a sparrow in flight above blooming flowers. Meiji period (1868-1912). The white porcelain base bears the distinctive matte black patent marks of Imura which can be dated to between 1890 and 1910. The ringed neck has a fluted lip which is edged in gilt. The soft blue textured background color subtly changes to a lighter shade of blue before finally fading to pure milky white at the bottom of the vase. A sparrow in flight, painted in crisp brown and black enamels, swoops down above the pink and white blossoms on lush green stems.

Yokohama broker Imura Hikotaru began exporting finely decorated sharkskin-textured ceramics toward the end of the Meiji Era. Imura handled very high quality porcelains, including special-order products enameled by Kozan and other leading studios of the day. The distinguished artistry of signed Imura vases in many ways seems to represent a successful blend of European impressionism with the Kyoto porcelain-painting tradition. Sharkskin is a type of porcelain that must be felt to be appreciated, and its tactile qualities have been enhanced by moriage-type enamel embellishments.

CONDITION is excellent.

DIMENSIONS: 6 (16 cm) high, 3 (9 cm) diameter.

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