Ca. late 1800s
Earthenware pair with mirror-image decorated overall with figures of Buddhist Arhats (enlightened followers of the Buddha). The Arhats are depicted in various enamel colors wearing brocade robes picked out in gold enamel. A dragon writhes among them, painted in slightly raised enamel and stylized rocks surround the vases beneath the Arhats’ feet. The Satsuma crest is seen in gold enamel on the shoulder of each vase. The bases are inscribed with the artist’s name: Hakuzan, and a small Satsuma crest all in gold on a red enamel rectangle. Vases come in original black paper-covered wood presentation box, lidded and hinged in the western style, and the fitted interior is covered in padded silk. Both vases are in very good condition, no chips or cracks.
Height: 12 1/8 in.