Big vase with hōsōge flowers

Big vase with hōsōge flowers

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Porcelain, blue underglaze, bas-relief decoration. Height 60,5 cm x ø mouth 18 cm x ø base 22.2 cm


in storage (inv. no. C-67)


Edoardo Chiossone Collection, testamentary bequest, 1898.

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This vase clearly takes inspiration from China, both on the tianqiuping shape with a bulbous body and a long and thick neck, and on the bas-relief decoration. This technique was performed in China since the Tang period. The blue under glazed painted ornament with little branches, curled leashes and big hōsōge, flowers has bright colors on the bottom that gradually lighten from the front to the shoulder and they completely turn white on the bas-relief drawings that start to emerge on the base of the neck and become more visible. This decoration was achieved through an outstanding technique, typical of the Kōransha manufacture, that was founded in Arita in 1689 by Matashiro Fukagawa (then named Eizaimon Fukagawa), and is still active to this day. This piece is dated 1894, according to the inscription on the base which reads “Meiji nijūrokunen  Koransha sei”: “Twenty-sixth year of Meiji period [1894], Kōransha made”.