Chinese lacquer vase

Apr 10, 2022. 15:54 UTC
Chinese lacquer vase
United States of America

Chinese antiques

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This vase is about 11 inches high. It was handed down through the generations from a great grandmother who was a missionary in China in the late 1800s. Some damage as noted in the pictures.



From my Mother: "They came from my grandparents on my mother's side who were missionaries in Foochow China. Their name was Kinnear, and he was a doctor who had a hospital. He went to China in the 1880s. They didn't return to the States until 1929. during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1901 the hospital was burned but restored. They were funded by the Congregational church but returned to the states several times to raise money for the hospital. Many vases, lacquer objects, cork carving pictures, clothing, teakwood furniture, and dish sets were given to them as payment for services. As the Japanese invited China and later the communists invaded the objects were given to my grandparents to save some objects of Pre-Communist China as the old culture was being destroyed. I have a journal with photos of the hospital and patients who received care from my grandfather. The journal was given to people who contributed to the mission."

Answered within 16 days
Apr 26, 11:21 UTC
By David U.

Fair Market Value

$100 - $400 USD

Insurance Value

$0 USD
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Considering the photos and based on its shape, decoration and techniques this item is:

A Japanese Satsuma-style vase (11" high). The hand-painted and gilded vase is decorated with traditional individuals dressed in Japanese robes in the garden and floral patterns.

The famous Chinese and Japanese Satsuma porcelain was originally produced by Korean potters in the 16th century on the island of Kyushu. There are two distinct types of Satsuma Ware. The original Ko-Satsuma is characterised by a heavy dark glaze, often plain, but occasionally with an inscribed or relief pattern. This style is rarely seen outside museums and it proliferated up until about 1800. From around 1800, a new style – Kyō-satsuma – became popular. Famed for its delicate ivory coloured ground with finely crackled transparent glaze, it was markedly different to Ko-Satsuma. These early designs focused on over-glaze decoration of simple, light, floral patterns with painted gilding or daily scenes depicting individuals. Colours often used were iron red, purple, blue, turquoise, black and yellow.

There is no signature or any marks related to the artist so it is not possible to know exactly its date, although it seems late 19th century. It is in fair condition with some broken parts and signals of age with affects its price.

PROVENANCE: Inherited.
$ 100 - 400
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