A delightful small pottery ewer, its gilt stopper signed by the great ceramist, Makuzu Kozan I. In the form of an inquisitive macaque, the little figure wears an apron styled in delicate pastels with gilt details. (The ninth sign of the Chinese zodiac, the monkey (saru)—usually represented as a macaque in Japanese art—is a favorite subject in Japanese art due to the animal’s human-like qualities and the many legends associated with this naturally curious animal.) This charming and whimsical piece is in very good condition with only minor wear commensurate with age. Provenance: Mr. & Mrs. C. Schaefer collection.
Meiji Period, Japan