• miniature Japanese porcelain
  • miniature Japanese porcelain
  • miniature Japanese vase
  • miniature Japanese porcelain
  • miniature Japanese porcelain
  • miniature Japanese vase
  • miniature Japanese vase
  • miniature Japanese vase

A Japanese miniature Vase, Arita kilns, Edo period, circa 1730-50

Of hexagonal baluster form, this miniature Japanese porcelain vase is attractively decorated with flowers and two trees drooping with prunus blossom. The base is unglazed.

Interestingly, this vase is unlikely to have formed part of a traditional garniture as examples of this type are known only to occur in this particular size and shape, suggesting that it was made to be enjoyed singly.

Condition: No chips, cracks or restoration. The enamel and gilt decoration is in good order with only light wear in places. From manufacture, there is a tiny crease or fold in the paste below the lip.

Dimensions: Height 10.3 cm

With thanks to Robert McPherson for his invaluable insight.

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