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Pair porcelain Yokohama ware vases

Price:  1.800,00

A rare and large pair of export-porcelain Yokohama ware vases with a multi-coloured detailed Satsuma-style design. The square-shaped body is slightly tapered. Each side has their own intricate painting of a village scene.

Even though the scenes are unique, they have the same composition; figures in the foreground, behind huts or houses, with mountains visible on the horizon, and a flock of birds above. A characteristic of the quality of the vases is also expressed in the paintings; the compositions are mirrored, showing that they specifically belong together. And what makes this pair of vases even more beautiful is that the compositions are mirrored, but the scenes are continuous.

Above the village scenes a border with a detailed decor of golden vines on a black background with medallions in between, each medallion with its own pattern. One is of a crest depicting three hollyhock leaves 葵 (aoi) in a circle, the family crest of the famous Tokugawa family. Finally, the neck is decorated with a meander pattern.

Both vases are signed and inscribed as followed on the bottom: ‘Made by Kawado Kyoshi in Yokohama of the Great Japan’ 大日本横濱 川戸精製 (Dainippon Yokohama Kawado Kiyoshi Sei). It is generally accepted that marks that includes ‘Dai Nippon’ in Japanese characters on the whole date to the Meiji (1868-1912) period, reflecting the greatly increased nationalism of that period. We date these pair of vases around 1900.

The vases are in a very good condition. Only some light wear of the gilding at the rims, and one tiny flea bite (0.2 cm) on one of the vertical rims of the body. One small glaze production flaw (Ø 1.5 cm) is visible around a pair of birds. Please see the photos as a reference.
Early Shôwa-period.
Each: Height 49.2 cm, Width 17.8 cm, Depth 17.5 cm.

The pottery and porcelain made in and around the Yokohama port were known as Yokohama-yaki 横浜焼, including “Yokohama Satsuma”. These export products were made in small factories and workshops set up quickly, to meet foreign demands. (From Gotheborg.com)

The Tokugawa clan 徳川氏is a Japanese dynasty that was formerly a powerful daimyō family. The Tokugawa’s clan crest, the “triple hollyhock”, has been a readily recognized icon in Japan, symbolizing in equal parts the Tokugawa clan and the last shogunate. The crest derives from a mythical clan, the Kamo clan, which legendarily descended from Yatagarasu. Matsudaira village was located in Higashikamo District, Aichi Prefecture. Although Emperor Go-Yōzei offered a new crest, Ieyasu continued to use the crest, which was not related to Minamoto clan. (From Wikipedia). High quality paire of vases in very nice original condition. When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : N2486

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