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YABU MEIZAN: A SUPERB AND LARGE SATSUMA VASE WITH SPARROW
Lot 60 - JAP0522

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Lot details

By Yabu Meizan (1853-1934), signed Yabu Meizan
Japan, late 19th to early 20th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

The ovoid body rising from a recessed foot to an everted flat rim, finely enameled and gilt to the sides with a bird in an autumnal branch, the slightly rotten leaves are achieved with great naturalism and the complete image stands out beautifully against the pure ivory white crackled ground, the lip with a band of floral scroll. Signed to the base YABU MEIZAN within a gilt seal.

HEIGHT 23.6 cm

Condition: Two tiny, restored chips underneath the outer lip, otherwise excellent condition with minor wear to gilt.
Provenance: From an important East German private collection, mainly assembled in the 1970s and 80s.

Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) was a Japanese artist and workshop owner known for painting on porcelain. His studio produced high-end Satsuma ware and he was one of the artists who continued the tradition of high artistic quality while also successfully exporting. Meizan actively marketed his work internationally as well as domestically, taking an active role in organizing the presentation of Japanese wares at world fairs.

Auction comparison:
Compare with a closely related vase by Yabu Meizan depicting a similar motif and of almost the same size at Christie's, the Avo Krikorian collection: Innovation and inspiration of Meiji period design, 19 February 2007, Geneva, lot 47 (sold for 26,400 CHF).

 
 

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