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Lot 0422
A PAIR OF JAPANESE CLOISONNÉ ENAMELED VASES, MEIJI (1868-1912), worked in copper and silver wire, the everted rims decorated with repeating butterflies, over seigaiha waves flanked by phoenix medallions and lotus leaves and blooms, centering a bat rising from clouds, over bodies respectively decorated with spotted tiger lilies, bamboo stalks with leaves, thorny branches, morning glories, and flower buds, the leaves occupied by various colored sparrows who are unknowingly in pursuit by a Japanese sparrow hawk on the hunt, over a slightly flared foot with a repeating, stylized phoenix feather motif. Height: 13" Diameter: 6 1/2" NOTE: "John Melmoth Dow was a shipmaster, shipping agent and naturalist. Born in New York City in 1827, he joined the Panama Railroad Company. He made his first voyage to the Central American coast in 1851, and remained involved with Central and South American coastal trade as a ship captain until 1876. He was appointed commander of the steamer Constitution in 1853, and opened the Central American service of the Panama Railroad Company as commander of the steamer Colombus. He later became a shipping agent for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. During his years as a shipping agent, Dow was captured and held hostage by revolutionist Pedro Prest án in 1885. He was arbitrator in the dispute between the Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique and the American Contracting and Dredging Company in their attempt to build the French Canal in Panama. Dow died in New York City in 1892." Provenance: Collection of Captain John Melmoth Dow.


Minor surface wear, small kilt bursts, and patina throughout, but overall in very good condition, wear commensurate with age.

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Estimate $400 - $600May 20, 2018