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Baluster vase with stylized chrysanthemums

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glaze, porcelain

  • glaze

    Vitreous coating applied to the surface of a ceramic to make it impermeable or for decorative effect.

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • Second floor | Room 36 | Japan

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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Baluster shaped porcelain vase decorated with a yellow glaze over chrysanthemum heads in low relief. Signed on base in underglaze blue: Makuzu gama Hanzan sei.

    Miyagawa Hanzan (Hannosuke, 1859-1940) was Kōzan's nephew and adopted son. Kōzan handed over the running of the kiln to Hanzan in 1890, though the name remain unchanged, and most pieces were made bearing the 'signature', of Kōzan; pieces like this, signed Hanzan are very uncommon and we do not know why they exist at all. Hanzan took the name Kōzan II on the death of his adopted father in 1916.

    All the prizes that the factory continued to win in both International and National Expositions were awarded in the name Makuzu (Miyagawa) Kōzan. In 1896, Kōzan I was named an Artist of the Imperial Court (Teishitsu gigei in).

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