Yabu Meizan, Satsuma Cup & Saucer, Red Maple Leaves
Artist: Yabu Meizan (1853 - 1934)
Title: Red Maple Leaves Cup and Saucer
Date: Late 19th century
Size: Cup – 9.7 x 7.5 x 5.7; Saucer – 12.3 x 12.3 x 2 (cm)
Yabu Meizan was considered to be one of the greatest ceramic artists of Japan during the 19th-20th century. He was born in Osaka in 1853 and studied painting techniques on ceramics in Tokyo. He returned to Osaka and established his workshop in 1880.
He created a new form of intricate artwork characterised by detailed landscapes and decorative motifs. The early artworks were so detailed that one would need the aide of a magnification glass to appreciate the fine miniature paintwork. During the 20th century, he adapted his work to appeal to a wider audience through simplification of designs in keeping with the fashion of the period, maintaining the attention to detail throughout.
Meizan’s recurring motif of freely-drawn maple leaves lifts the modest shape of this teacup. The delicate gilding that weaves around the autumnal leaves contrast to the fine simplicity of the satsuma’s creamy white hue.
|Title||Red Maple Leaves Cup and Saucer|
|Dimensions||Cup – 9.7 x 7.5 x 5.7; Saucer – 12.3 x 12.3 x 2 (cm)|
|Condition Report||Wear consistent with age and use.|
|Subject||Flowers & Botanical|
|Product Date||Late 19th century|
|Artist Name||Yabu Meizan|