Highly unusual ovoid flower vase with an art deco decoration of four pairs of Native Americans standing face to face in war dress. Above and below decorative bands of repeating plant motives. Inside cream colored glaze.
Light colored stoneware with pastel colored enamel decoration painted on. Excellent craftsmanship. Kyoto ware.
Signed on the bottom Gyozan
Japan, late Meiji/Taisho era, 1910s-1920s
H ca 9.25 inches
The Gyozan studio and kiln were in Kyoto. The studio produced traditional Kyoto Satsuma ware for the export market. It also engaged in making bold, colorful designs that resemble works by Kenzan studios and others. This vase clearly shows the heavy influence of art deco, which was very popular in Japan during the greater Taisho era (1910s-1930s).