Miniature Spill Vase

Kinkozan Studio (Japanese)
circa 1895
glazed earthenware, enamel
Work : 2 3/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 1/8 in. (6.03 x 2.86 x 2.86 cm)
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Gift of Jeffery and Juli Adelman, selected from the Ghosn Family Art Collection and Worldbridge Art, Inc
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This vase is a type of ceramic known as Satsuma ware. Satsuma ware originated in Satsuma prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu in the early 19th century and is distinguished by a white earthenware body that is covered with a creamy crackle glaze and lavishly decorated with colored enamels and gilding. The Satsuma style became extremely popular with Western buyers during the 1870s and 80s, and was soon being produced by numerous workshops operating in different cities around Japan. This vase was made by the Kinkozan workshop in Kyoto. Kinkozan ceramics were marketed primarily in Europe and America, where collectors were awed by their elaborate decoration.

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