Meiji Satsuma Vase by Mitsuzan Antique Japanese Pottery Ceramic Ware of Court Lady Geisha Kozan 光山
Antique Japanese Satsuma Yaki 薩摩焼
Two Bijin Vase 美女
Court Beauties, Floral and Scenery
Signature: Mitsuzan 光山. Circa: Meiji, 1868-1912
H 13.5 in. (34cm), W 4.75 in. (12cm), D 4.75 in. (12cm)
Minute crackles and translucent glaze over a distinctive cream-white surface, elegant fine details of floral and traditional Sumi style landscape scenes, austere ornate patterning and extensive gold trim, celebrating the triptych theme of the serene life represented by two elegant court ladies. The superb artistry and style are consistent with the Meiji Master of Kyoto school origin. Signed inside a rectangular reserve, Mitsuzan (Kozan 光山). A rare gem for discerning Satsuma collectors to take a closer look at the vase in hands and draw their own conclusions.
It is noteworthy that the exquisite design in this Satsuma vase shows ample of European influences, which was cherished during the Meiji era (1868-1911). After numerous International Expositions at the beginning of the 20th century, Japanese painting and sculpture began to attain a world-class status. It’s well known that many Van Gogh’s early paintings were influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, and Klimt’s later paintings were inspired by the decorative gilded motifs in Satsuma ware-- as exemplified here in this Meiji period Satsuma vase by the master Mitsuzan.