Matching pair of vases 360mm tall, 180 at widest part. Chinese figurine in gold frame 140 x 150mm on front and back of each vase. Raised lattice type pattern covering remainder of vases with flying birds or ducks in the background. One vase damaged with triangular piece missing from the lip and hairline crack extending down into the top of the figurine and around a third of the top part. Bases have a gourd shaped stamp with Chinese characters inside.
Owned by the family for several generations. Unknown origins
Thank you for submitting your items for appraisal. These vases appear to be japanese Satsuma vases with moriage slip dekoration, hand painted with scenes of family life, surrounded by flying cranes, partly gilt. The calabash shaped impressed mark is difficult to decipher. It might read "dai nippon .. Taizan sei". It appears to be a variation of a Taizan signature, Meiji period, late 19th century. During that period huge numbers of Satsuma vases were exported to Europe and the USA and obviously to Australia as well. The Taizan potters had a long family tradition. The last generation produced mainly for export, the quality is above average in general. The damage to the second vase is substantial, therefore the estimate is for the undamaged vase only.