porcelain, painted in underglaze red, blue, blue-grey, and green on a yellow ground
height 47 cm
A porcelain vase, the ovoid body boldly decorated with numerous stems of peonies blowing in the wind, the flowers painted in underglaze copper red and in blue-grey, the leaves, some partially eaten, painted in underglaze blue, the stems painted in green and copper red, all on a yellow ground.
The range of underglaze colours applied to this vase demonstrates the ever-increasing technical sophistication of Makuzu wares in the years between the Chicago (1893) and the Paris (1900) expositions.
O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Ceramics Vol I, London 1995, cat. 25. J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 193, p. 279.