Unknown oriental vase/urn?

Mar 10, 2018. 20:19 UTC
Unknown Oriental vase/urn?
United States of America

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Some damage. Clay? Pottery? Approximates: 14 inches high, 7 1/2 wide at the handles, 6 inches wide body, lid appears to be designed for removal, but didn't attempt; weight is, perhaps, 5 pounds. Base color topped with textured design, gold leaf(?), item is empty, with inscription on the bottom.


An item obtained by my mother years ago from my uncle in Texas. He was a WWII veteran of the Army Air Corps, member of the 8th Air Force, he flew 35 missions as a bombardier over Germany. Later attended seminary school and served a number of parishes in Oklahoma and Texas

Answered within about 21 hours
Mar 11, 16:53 UTC
By Nora Curl

Fair Market Value

$150 - $225 USD

Insurance Value

$375 USD
What does this mean?

This is an antique, about 1885, Meiji era, Japanese ceramic tri-foot urn vase with stylized handles and lid. The Meiji era at that time in the late 19th century was also concurrent with the Victorian era in the Western world. The vase was made to emulate European, or Continental, decorative porcelain wares. The raised areas of decoration are applied enamel which is called moriage on Japanese pieces. The breaks show this is is a pottery/ceramic mixture and not porcelain made with kaolin and petuntse clays. The floral decoration in hand painted and not transferprinted. There is a surface decoration in a fish net design too. Although the gold is real, there is no longer a precious metal meltdown value as the cost to extract the gold would exceed the value of the amount extracted. The prior ownership, or provenance, having come from your military decorated family relative is nice to know, however that does not add to the value of the piece. The damage itself, as well, has severely impacted the value to virtually zero. The estimate of value is if it were still intact with no damage.

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