Japanese Porcelain Shark's Skin 鮫肌 Glazed Vase Takeuchi Chiubei c 1890
A Japanese porcelain sharkskin glazed bottle vase by Takeuchi Chūbei (竹 内 忠 兵衞) signed and marked with the patent number. The vase has a pale blue fading to a very pale pink tactile glaze (similar to orange peel) and is hand painted with a flying bird and large floral blossoms. The neck has a key fret or thunder pattern border with a winged dragon shield shaped crest. Circa 1890.
Shark's skin (samehada 鮫 肌 ) glaze invented by Takeuchi Chūbei (竹 内 忠 兵衞) Patent 2252515 ( 二 二五 二 五 五 五 一 五 ) for "Transparent Porcelain" held by Takeuchi Chiubei's porcelain factory, Shippo Kaisha, in Nagoya, in the Aichi prefecture of Honshu, Japan. The ceramics shop which opened around 1887 (Meiji 20), only lasted for a few years and closed in Meiji 23 (1890).
In excellent antique condition, some minor wear to the gilding on the rim, no chips, cracks nor restotarion.
Height 8 3/4 inches (22cm) diameter 3 3/8 inches (8.5cm) weight 251 grammes unpacked.