Old unusual japanese of chinese 14" vase men & staffs horses women instruments weird scenes

Dec 05, 2018. 13:18 UTC
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I don't have a lot of knowledge, so if the vase is Chinese instead of Japanese. Measures approximately 13-3/4" tall. There are men holding staffs or something similar and a white horse. I don't know if they are priests, warriors, or something else. It looks like they are cooking something in two pumpkins, have no idea what's going on there. There are some strange objects around the trees that I don't know what they are. Then there is some weird deal that goes up and connects with the Japanese women. There is one playing an instrument. Then, it looks like there's incense burning or maybe it's just smoke going up in the air then something that looks like a broom or something. This is really an interesting scene, wish I knew what was going on. There are no chips, cracks, scratches or noticeable paint missing. I don't know what was in it, maybe flowers because there is some yellowing on the inside. I think the outside of the vase is in very nice overall condition. The vase has a white background like images 3 and 4. Thanks for getting the other item (the sword) appraised so quickly.


Purchase at an estate auction.

Answered within about 23 hours
Dec 06, 12:16 UTC
By Klaus

Fair Market Value

$300 - $400 USD

Insurance Value

$700 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a late Meiji period japanese Kutani porcelain vase, decorated with a group of mystic generals or soldiers about to gather around a paper lantern, one general holds a banner, two others Shashimono poles with a clan sign. On the vase´s neck a group of young ladies are shown playing the Shamisen lute, servants holding large fans. A novel or theater play might be the origin of this motif, but I can´t think of any that would match. The enamel colours are a bit out of the ordinary for a Kutani vase, but the reds are quite typical. I assume there is no sign at the base. Currently prices for Kutani are pretty low, but this might change in the future. The estimate is based on similar items sold at auction.

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