• Code 14253

Pair Kutani Vases Antique Japanese Hyoyu Hand Painted Porcelain Vases Meiji 20"

A pair of large, impressive, beautifully and intricately hand painted , museum quality, highly collectable decorative antique Japanese Kutani porcelain vases on carved hardwood stands.

They are decorated in the traditional Ko Kutani style and marked on the base 九谷金栄堂瓢有画, Kutani Kineido Hyoyu Ga. Which translates as Painted by Hyoyu from Kineido in Kutani, these vases date from the late 19th century during the Meiji period.

The bodies of both vases are decorated in mirror image very fine detailed painting with fifteen scholars, some seated some standing each holding various Buddhistic emblems, on each vase there is also a central figure of a Buddha or Immortal with a golden head dress and Halo. The emblems held by the figures include a fan, scroll, vase, staff, ruyi sceptre, koro, lotus flower, fly whisk.   They are all standing in a garden surrounded by cloud scrolls with several temples, rocks, trees and mountains in the background.

The neck of the vases are decorated with two five clawed dragons chasing a flaming pearl. Both the top and bottom of each vase is further decorated with an intricate geometric elliptical floral pattern or brocade.

The vases are each approximately 20 inches (50 cm)high, 9 1/2 inches (24cm) diameter at the widest and the base is 6 1/2 inches diameter. They each weigh 5.2kg unpacked and the two bases weigh a total 0.76kg.

Indicative prices for shipping are given but, these may vary significantly due to surcharges that are dependant upon your location. Please message for a firm price for international shipping to your location. They Will be sent in two boxes, each 46 x 46 x 76cm, each weighs approximately 9 kg packed.

Both are in good antique condition, both have had some damage to the rims with repaired chips, one has a restored section to the rim. Some very minor wear and enamel flakes. Some minor damage to each stand, please see the images. 

 A single similar sized vase decorated by the same artist but in a the Thousand scholars pattern was sold as  Lot 744 in Sotheby sale of the late STANLEY J. SEEGER on the 5 &6th March 2014 for £4,375 GBP.

These are a highly collectable and decorative items and great for display on their own or as part of a collection antique Japanese porcelain or Kutani-yaki.


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