Pair of Imperial Presentation Vases

Location: Japan, Nagoya

Materials: moriage and yusen enamel, kikumon with gold wire, applied with silver rims and feet

Dimensions: height 44 cm

Accession Number: E 83

Other Notes:

A pair of moriage enamel Imperial Presentation vases, each with a shouldered body decorated with a warbler perched in a spray of fruiting plum on a grey ground. Some of the stems and leaves in yusen. The rims, shoulders, and feet with scrolling flower borders, the chamfered shoulder with a formal pattern. The necks with a single white kikumon in gold wire. Applied with silver rims and feeet.

The chamfered shoulder pattern is a variation of a favourite shape for Imperial Presentation. With original presentation box bearing an inscription dated October 1929 referring to a visit to the recipient on the occasion of the completion of the rebuilding of the Jingusengyo (probably referring to the Ise Shrine, rebuilt every twenty years).


O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Enamel, London 1994, cat. 54.
J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 310, p. 426.