Yabu Meizan, Tea Cup and Saucer, Satsuma, Sakura
|Title||Cherry Blossom and Peony Satsuma Tea Cup and Saucer|
|Artist Name||Yabu Meizan|
|Dimensions||Cup (W) 9.6 (D) 7.1 (H) 4.5 cm Saucer: (W) 12.7 (D) 12.7 (H) 1.2 cm|
|Subject||Flowers & Botanical|
|Product Date||early 20th century|
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.