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Pair of vases with grape and squirrel design in gold and multicolored overglaze

Seiji Gaisha
early Meiji period, 19th century
h.97.8 d.52.0 each

The giant vases that almost 1 meter high, decorated with the combination of the image of squirrel and grape which is a traditional motif in Asia. The realistic depiction of grape leaves by both overglazing and underglazing is a major difference from the Hizen porcelain in the early modern period. The Seiji Gaisha was established in Arita in 1879 and introduced the latest machinery from Limoges in France to manufucturing high quality products for export, but ended around 1897 due to the global recession.

This Album was made in memory of the first visit of the Crown Prince to the ninth Nihon Bijutsuin (the Japan Art Academy) exhibition in 1922. Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) and his colleage artists colorfully painted various motifs such as landscapes, flowers, birds and people. Fruitful grapes and pomegranates which painted on a Kakiemon bowl are traditional auspicious motifs signifying fertility. The contrast between the fruits and the bowl brings about a sense of refreshing.