A majestic Hirado porcelain vase of tapered baluster form, its body executed in the classic gray-white enameled ground with washes of under-the-glaze blue enamel. The subject matter on the vase, celebrating Japan’s rich mythology, catches a phoenix in mid-flight, its lush tail feathers and wings fluttering as the bird emerges from stylized clouds. Below the fantastical creature, a kylin (or kirin), the one-horned and hoofed creature, joins the activity, his active form, mid-trot. A stylized cloud motif continues along the lip with structural lappets extending about the shoulders and foot. This very fine Hirado porcelain vase is in very good condition with minor kiln marks on the surface.
19th Century, Japan