Vase with narcissi and a wagtail

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    Porcelain vase of tapering shape with wide shoulders & indented mouth. Decorated in low relief self-coloured on an ivory ground, with narcissus & a wagtail. Incised signature on base: Dai Nihon Seifū zō (Great Japan made by Seifū.)

    Where Makuzu Kōzan won prizes at the International Expositions, Seifū Yohei (1851-1914) won more prizes at the domestic Expositions, a nice comment on subtle differences of taste; in the Fourth National Industrial Exposition in 1895, the extremely knowledgable judges commented "the shape [of the vase] is perfect... and his skill is unparalleled in Japan... He is a model for other potters". He was the son of the Maruyama school painter Okada Ryōhei, studied painting under the nanga artist Tanomura Chokunyū (1814-1907), and then was adopted by Seifū II, becoming Seifū III in 1878.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

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glaze

porcelain

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 14 on p. 32, illus. pp. 32-33

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