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P 107
P 107

Vase

P 107

Japan

circa 1910

P 107

Vase

P 107

Japan

circa 1910

porcelain, modeled and enameled

height 31.1 cm

A porcelain vase modelled in the form of two polar bears within an ice-bound rocky cave, numerous icicles hanging down the sides. The upper part hollow and forming a bowl. The icicles glazed to simulate the melting of their tips, the rock enamelled in relief with small plants.

This vase is a slightly enlarged version of the similar piece acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum from Kenneth Dingwall after the Japan-British Exhibition on 1910 (inv. No. C.244-1910).

O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Ceramics Vol I, London 1995, cat. 76.

J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 243, p. 346.