Japanese Kutani Vase Pair


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Large pair of Meiji period Kutani porcelain vases decorated in the typical Kutani form with globular bodies showing scenes of flowing rivers, bridges, villages all in front of mountainous regions. Each scene surrounded by highly decorative orange and gilt boarders with flowers and scrolling vines. To the stem of the vase is a single ribbed section which meets the pair of pierced ears coloured in gold with a red rubbed base. Both vases signed with a six character mark 加賀國 九谷造 奧村画 Kaga no Kuni (Province of Kaga, the old province name for the area around the present Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture) made by Kutani-zō , painted by Okumura-ga.

Lot Notes: Kutani ware (九谷焼, Kutani-yaki) is a style of Japanese porcelain traditionally known from the area Kutani, now a part of Kaga, Ishikawa (former Kaga Province) however this has not always been the case. It is divided into two time periods Ko-Kutani, old Kutani from the 17th and early 18th centuries and Saikō-Kutani from the revived production in the 19th century. The more prestigious Ko-Kutani wares are recognised by scholars to be a complex and much mis-represented group, very often not from Kutani at all.

It is theorized that the long, harsh and grey winters of the Hokuriku region led to a desire among people living there for ceramic ware to show strong and bold colours. The classical five colours style is known as gosai-de (五彩手) which includes green, blue, yellow, purple, and red. The designs are bold and normally depict landscapes, the beauty of nature, and people, and cover most of the surface of each piece. In recognition of the modern understanding that much, if not most, of the Ko-Kutani production was around Arita, the wares are now sometimes grouped with Imari ware or the wider groupings of Arita ware or Hizen ware.

More modern kutani wears follow a similar trend but are often more complex in picture and scene. The wears still follow bold colours however they often are more tailored towards traditional satsuma wear type design. More modern kutani wears also feature a porcelain/ceramic feel and look unlike other Japanese porcelain wears making them much more recognisable. Often signed to the base with an orange/red vertical character mark or in this case an outlined 9 character mark.

Condition: Very good, minor rubbing consistent with age and one small chip to the top rim.

Measurements: 36cm H x 19cm W/D