AN IZUMO-WARE VASE WITH A SILVER DESIGN OF A DRAGON BY IZUMO JYAKUZAN
Porcelain with gold flakes and silver deposit
Japan, 1900s, Meiji period (1868-1912)
The porcelain vase decorated in a ‘tiger-eye’ glaze with densely applied gold flakes and an expressively painted three-clawed silver dragon. The marks on the bottom read Jyakuzan Izumo, corresponding to Izumo ware, with the mark below reading Dai (short for Dai Nihon – great Japan).
Izumo ware was a type of fine quality export porcelain created in what is now the Shimane prefecture. The Tezen museum in Izumo is dedicated to arts and crafts from the Izumo region and has many fine objects from Jyakuzan.
Shape: Vase with a circular base, globular body and slightly tapering neck with a circular mouth and two handles
Dimensions: Height 31.5 cm
Condition: Good condition with minor wear to silver painting. Two tiny chips around the base and minor wear to glaze in that area
Provenance: American private collection
Update to condition report: One small glaze flake to underside of one handle, one surface scratch to glaze (hardly visible), one star-shaped hairline to base. See three seperate detail pictures that show each of these.