Yabu Meizan, Satsuma Vase with Chrysanthemum Flowers

Artist: Yabu Meizan (1853–1934)
Title: Chrysanthemum Vase
Date: Early 20th century
Dimensions: (W) 6.6  (D) 6.6 (H) 12.5 cm

Original Japanese antique.
Small long necked vase decorated with trailing chrysanthemums. Signed on the base in a gilt square 'Yabu Meizan'.

The asymmetrical composition and freer painting style in this piece is indicative of Meizan’s later works. The white chrysanthemums and their smaller variety, kogiku, have been rendered in relief with varying shades of white. Delicately gilded leaf veins unify the natural arrangement. The lip is banded with blue enamel and stylised purple flowers, providing a hint of contrast to the autumnal spray and creamy crackled satsuma glaze.

Yabu Meizan

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.

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ArtistYabu Meizan
Dimensions(W) 6.6 (D) 6.6 (H) 12.5 cm
Condition ReportConsistent with age and use. Some gilt lost on foot. Regilding on mouth.
SubjectFlowers & Botanical
Product DateEarly 20th century