Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
Antique Japanese studio ware porcelain vase, carved all over with a raised design of a dragon in swirling clouds over churning waves. The clouds are covered with a glaze that gradates from a deep blue at the top to a light blue where they meet the waves. Both the dragon and the waves are kept white with a very pale light pink glaze on the dragon's flames. A band of repeating lingzhi pattern in blue underglaze encircles the rim and foot of the vase. A four character signature on the bottom has been repaired in the center (as it was at one point fitted for a lamp). Signed by Miura Chikusen I (1853-1915). Miura Chikusen I was most famous for carrying on and improving traditional techniques associated with Shimizu Yaki, the name of Kyoto's pottery especially Sencha tea wares. In 1883, Miura Chikusen I built a kiln in Wujozaki, a site which is still preserved today.

Meiji Period (1868-1912)

Dimensions: 17 1/2" high x 9 1/4" wide
item #1428131