earthenware, painted and gilded
height 18 cm
An earthenware vase with a tapering ovoid body and short slightly flared neck and foot, painted and gilt with scenes showing the decorating, drying, and folding of lengths of silk. The shoulder decorated with a shaped border of millefleurs surrounding roundels of pink and white cherry-blossom.
The original copper-plate design for this vase is in the possession of the Osaka City Museum, donated by the Yabu family. Such copper plates were used to print the design on a sheet of paper, after which the design was cut out from the printed paper and placed on the pottery, and the outline impressed on the white background.
O. Impey, M. Fairley (eds.), Meiji No Takara: Treasures Of Imperial Japan: Ceramics Vol II, London 1995, cat. 87. J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 97, p. 153.