A Fine Japanese Kyo-yaki Stoneware Vase. Attributed to Okuda Eisen (1753-1811)
Ht. 6 1/2 ins. (16.5 cms). The Kyoto studio potters of the early 19th. century such as Mokubei and Eisen made wares for the Sencha or Chinese-influenced Tea Ceremony often drawing their inspiration from the Chinese wares of the Ming Dynasty. The vibrant effect of the Ming green and red glazes particularly appealed to Eisen and there are many fine examples of his work in this style in the museums of Japan. This vase would be used to display appropriate flowers during Sencha tea drinking, the rough, vigorous and slightly assymetrical form handmade without the use of the potter's wheel would be considered in the proper spirit of Sencha.
The vase is in good condition with no damage and no repairs. The top surface of the neck has been polished, it seems to remove the red enamel of which there are still traces. This is rather puzzling as there is no damage on the neck. Possibly the red enamel mis-fired and the potter removed it or possibly an owner did not like the red enamel and removed it for aesthetic reasons. The attribution to Eisen is our own and is based on a close study of his work. The piece is not signed and has no associated tomobako (box).
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