Antique Japanese Imari Porcelain Double Gourd Bottle Vase Meiji 19th C 42.5cm H
A very attractive and decorative antique Japanese porcelain double gourd shaped bottle vase with lid or huluping ( 葫芦瓶 ). It has been decorated in a traditional Imari pattern and dating from the late 19th century during the early Meiji period circa 1890.
The vase has a tall thrown and drawn body with a thin elongated neck. It has been beautifully hand painted with a colourful and intricate Imari design featuring cloud scrolls with Japanese cranes, a symbol of longevity and good fortune. In both Japan and Korea the Crane is known a mystical creature believed to live for a thousand years. The Japanese refer to them as the "Bird of Happiness".
The vase has been decorated in four major sections with sub sections of diaper pattern, wave scrolls, cloud scrolls and flowers. The main colours are peach, iron red, blue and green with black yellow and gilded highlights. It is a highly decorative item.
The vase stands 16 3/4 inches (42.5cm) high and the body diameter is 6 inches (15cm). It is in good antique condition with an old restored rim to the top 1 1/2 inches of the neck and just a little wear to the gilding and enamel commensurate with use.
It weighs 1656g unpacked so too heavy to be shipped by Royal Mail. We have given indicative courier prices which may vary significantly depending upon your location. Please message us for a firm price for international shipping to your postal or zip code.
This is a highly collectable and decorative item and great for display on its own or as part of a collection of antique Japanese porcelain, oriental ceramics or Imari ware.