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Vase depicting a ship in a stormy sea



  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.


    • Second floor | Room 36 | Japan

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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Porcelain vase with enamelled depiction of a ship in difficulties in a violent thunderstorm. Signed on base in iron red: Dai Nihon Tōkyō Namikawa sei; Hōen ga (Great Japan Tōkyō, made by Namikawa; painted by Hōen).

    Namikawa Sōsuke had moved the Shippō Kaisha factory from Nagoya to Tōkyō when he took it over in 1880, continuing to make cloisonné enamel, but he also seems to have had other factories, or at least acted as agent for other factories making cloisonné on a porcelain body and porcelain itself. Very few examples of porcelain signed by this factory (or these factories) have been identified. The painter is identified as Hōen (not Nishiyama Hōen), but is otherwise unknown.

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