earthenware, painted and gilded

diameter 14.8 cm

An earthenware bowl, with a fluted kiku-form body painted and gilt on both interior and exterior with an autumnal maple-tree. The leaves on the branches turning from green to orange.

At the end of the Meiji Era, Yabu Meizan’s workshop began to make a number of vases and bowls that were decorated with a single motif, carefully placed so as to complement the overall shape of the piece, instead of treating the pottery merely as a vehicle for virtuoso miniaturist painting. This return to a more traditional approach to ceramic decoration received official praise, but as it was not commercially successful the workshop continued to produce work in the conventional Meizan style.

O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Ceramics Vol II, London 1995, cat. 97.

J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 95, p. 152.