A Fine Japanese Stoneware Vase. 19th. century. Ex Eliza Scidmore Collection (?)
Ht. 14 1/4 ins. (36.3 cms) This handsome and unusual vase has splashes of white, blue, yellow and green glazes on an iron ground. There is no mark and it is almost impossible to attribute to a specific kiln. In the 19th. century there were more than 2000 small, often family run, kilns operating in Japan, and the diversity of types makes attribution difficult unless there is a mark. On the foot is a Japanese dealers price label, unfortunately faded and the painted inventory mark "5637 Scidmore". Reputedly it is from the collection of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore 1856-1928, author of "Jinricksha Days in Japan" and inveterate traveller in that country (see Wikipedia). Unfortunately we cannot offer evidence for this attribution.
It is in excellent condition with no damage and no repairs. As can be seen in the photos there is a slight lean to the vase which does not detract from its appeal. It probably dates from the second half of the 19th. century.
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