A small ovoid Satsuma jar and cover By Yabu Meizan, Meiji Period
Lot 464
A small ovoid Satsuma jar and cover
By Yabu Meizan, Meiji Period
Sold for £52,500 (US$ 70,174) inc. premium

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SATSUMA WORKS OF ART

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A small ovoid Satsuma jar and cover By Yabu Meizan, Meiji Period A small ovoid Satsuma jar and cover By Yabu Meizan, Meiji Period A small ovoid Satsuma jar and cover By Yabu Meizan, Meiji Period
A small ovoid Satsuma jar and cover
By Yabu Meizan, Meiji Period
Finely decorated in enamels and gilt with a continuous snow scene of several karako playing along a snow-covered lakeshore with thatched buildings set within mountainous landscape in the distance, one boy walking on stilts, four sheltering in a resting spot, two rolling a snowball, another two boys carrying a tray of fresh snow, others building a snow model of Daruma and a courtesan, the shoulder and foot with bands of geometric motifs, signed on a gilt seal Yabu Meizan. 13.5cm (5¼in) high, including cover. (2).

Footnotes

  • 薩摩 金彩色絵唐子雪遊図花瓶 藪明山作 明治時代

    Provenance: Michael Tomkinson (collection no.102), the great-grandfather of the present owner, and thence by descent.

    This vase is listed by Michael Tomkinson, A Japanese Collection Made by Michael Tomkinson, London, 1898, vol. 2, p.88, described as '102. A covered small vase, oviform; a beautiful example of Meizan's work in modern Satsuma faïence. A snow scene in heavy white enamel, colours, and gold. Height, 4½", seal Yabu Meizan. 19th century.' It is also illustrated in Glendining & Co. Ltd., Catalogue . . . of the Very Important Collection of Japanese Works of Art Formed by the Late Michael Tomkinson, Esq. of Franche Hall, Kidderminster, 3 volumes, 1921-1922, pl. LVI, reproduced by Oliver Impey, Malcolm Fairley, and Tsuyoshi Yamazaki, Meiji no Takara: Treasures of Imperial Japan, Ceramics Part II: Earthenware, London, 1995, p.65 (fig.33b).

    Snow scenes are not a common motif in Satsuma ware. The feeling of mid-winter in the mountains is evoked by the artist's skilful use of thick white enamel whilst - in common with other fine examples of Yabu Meizan's work - the costume of the figures is painted in exquisite detail in different coloured enamels with the patterns picked out in gold.
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