A pair of 19th century Meiji period Japanese Kutani pottery vases. They are unusual in having a cafe au lait ground making them look very different from the mainstream of Kutani items which have the iron red on a white ground. The vases are of bottle form and quite tall. The have decoration with cell and diaper areas with raised white enamel and extensive use of gold. The scenes feature seated adult figures to sone side and children to the other, the cild side also featuring a goldfish bowl. The artistry is of a high standard and more akin to Satsuma than Kutani in many respects. There are script marks to the bases for Great Japan & Kutani, but as yet I have been unable to identify the factory and artist. A fine looking pair of unusual Kutani vases.
Both in good order with no chips, cracks or restoration detected. There is some light crazing as typical for their age. There is some rubbing around the necks and to a lesser extent around the bodies.
Height: 31.6 cm ( 12 1/2 inch )
Width: 14 cm ( 5 1/2 inch )
Weight: 2000 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 0557 MY17-3
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