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Inverted baluster vase with two cranes

Glossary (3)

porcelain, slip, underglaze painting

  • 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.

  • slip

    A semi-fluid clay applied to a ceramic before glazing either to coat the surface or for decorative effect.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


    • currently in research collection

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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

    Tall inverted baluster vase with low relief moulding of two cranes in colours on an underglaze blue pine tree, with a pink and white ground. Incised signature on base within two underglaze blue circle: Dai Nihon Seifū zō.

    Seifū I had been a pupil of Nin'ami Dōhachi [see EA2000.181] in Kyōto; the family kiln was set up in Gojōzaka. This is an unusually showy piece.

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