Yabu Meizan, Tea Cup and Saucer, Satsuma, Sakura

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Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Yabu Meizan (1853-1934)
Title: Cherry Blossom and Peony Satsuma Tea Cup and Saucer
Date: Early 20th century
Dimensions: Cup (W) 9.6 (D) 7.1 (H) 4.5 cm  Saucer: (W) 12.7 (D) 12.7 (H) 1.2 cm
A bird and flower scene painted on a Western-style teacup and saucer. Signed on the base in a gilt square 'Yabu Meizan'. 
An idyllic composition of spring fauna and flora. A Japanese sakura tree blooms throughout the piece, with the anthers of its flowers elegantly gilded. Red peonies occupy the lower halves of the design and stand in deeper hues to the sakura. On the teacup, a Japanese jaybird is poised on the cherry trunk. The motif is echoed on the saucer, where a sparrow flies towards the blossoming tree. Both birds have been rendered in exacting detail, with Meizan’s extensive use of gilding creating a feeling of spring bliss.
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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