earthenware, painted and gilded

height 37 cm

A large earthenware vase of rectangular form, each side painted with a single panel, one depicting an extensive mountainous landscape with rice farmers in their fields in the foreground, another with figures in a garden viewing chrysanthemums, another with fishermen in their boats on a lake, and the fourth with monkeys among rocks and bamboo, after a design by Mori Sosen (1747-1821). Each within a roundel border, the ground scattered with stylized flowers and scrolls, the shoulder with chrysanthemums, and the neck with a formal diaper band.

O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Ceramics Vol II, London 1995, cat. 12.

J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 87, pp. 144–5.