vase

vase

late 1800s
Country
Japan
Style/Tradition
Satsuma Ware
vase
Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gold
Bequest from the Estate of Chandler Weaver
1976.35
. vase. late 1800s. Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gold. Bequest from the Estate of Chandler Weaver. 1976.35.
Dimensions
height: 27.75 in, 70.4850 cm; diameter: 15.5 in, 39.3700 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian

Vase
Late 1800s, Meiji period
Japan
Porcelain with overglaze enamel and gold
Bequest of the Chandler Weaver Estate
1976.35

During the Edo period (1615–1868), Japanese trade with the outside world was limited to contact with Dutch merchants at the port of Nagasaki. Despite this limited access, Japanese luxury goods became highly desired in Europe and the Americas. A fascination with Japan, known by the French term "japonisme," had a great impact on artists in the West, including the Impressionists. With the opening of Japan to the West in the Meiji period, interest in Japanese ceramics grew. Japanese potters showed off their technical perfection and masterly painting in eye-catching objects like this vase, which is covered with brocade-like patterns and paintings of flowers, birds, and warriors. The sumptuous use of gold and raised decoration (moriage) would be gratifying to the proud owner of such a possession.

Known Provenance
Provenance research is ongoing, and more information will be posted as it becomes available.