A fine hexagonal satsuma bottle  By Nakamura Baikei, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century

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Lot 180
A fine hexagonal satsuma bottle
By Nakamura Baikei, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century

Sold for £ 6,250 (US$ 7,895) inc. premium
A fine hexagonal satsuma bottle
By Nakamura Baikei, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century
Intricately decorated in enamels and gilt, the body with six recessed lobed panels, each depicting a different scene bordered by geometric motifs within swirling wave patterns alternating with superimposed brocade ogi open fans, comprising (1) armour-clad warriors confronting a samurai outside a mansion (2) karako (Chinese boys) playfully surrounding Jurojin and Bishamonten (3) Chinese scholars and karako being ferried across the lake under a full moon (4) warrior and retinue hauling a large bell over water (5) family visiting a shrine (6) two passengers on a ferryboat being poled towards Mount Fuji; complemented by six raised petals encircling the neck, each enclosing a different figural scene, comprising mainly children (1) performing the Kagura dance (2) entertained by a puppeteer (3) carrying on their shoulders a rice bale in imitation of a palanquin (4) assisting an artisan at his trade (5) playing hide-and-seek (6) a tradesman carrying three paper lanterns attached to the top of a pole; the shoulder with three writhing dragons rendered in enhanced white, red and gilt enamels, the neck with fronds of elaborate jewels extending from the rim beneath a band of floral motifs enclosed within shield panels; signed on the base Nakamura Baikei zo with a gilt seal beside a long attestation and self-congratulatory inscription within a kettle-shaped cartouche.
12cm x 10.1cm (4¾in x 4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    A French private collection.

    For a similar hexagonal vase with indented panels by the artist, please see Louis Lawrence, Satsuma: The Romance of Japan, Meiji Satsuma Publications, Tarzana, CA, 2011, p.220, no.150.

    Transcription of self-congratulatory inscription:

    該品尤モ
    精巧細美ヲ極タル
    物ミノ其使用所之画貝并
    焼金ノ如キ純良ナル品質ヲ
    撰用シ殊ニ数回焼付[...]ベ
    他日変体之貴ナリ実ニ他之
    及所アラズ且ツ該品ハ其起工ヨ
    リ実ニ無数之日費ヲ此ラ
    之ヲ造レリ普純良之物
    品タルハ敢テ贅言ヲ要セズ 奚
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A fine hexagonal satsuma bottle  By Nakamura Baikei, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century
A fine hexagonal satsuma bottle  By Nakamura Baikei, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century
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