The vase is signed on its base by Hozan, one of the most significant makers of Satsuma during this period. The signature is shown on page 235 as number 57 in Louis Lawrence's definitive 2011 volume Satsuma: The Romance of Japan.
The decoration, which features three separate scenes showing Japanese men and children in outdoor settings, is simply breathtaking in its design, detail and complexity. Measuring a mere 3 1/2 inches tall, 1 5/8 inches at its widest point, 1/2 inch at its mouth, and 1 1/8 inches at its base, the vase, which dates from around 1890, is in exceptionally nice condition, with no cracks, chips, repairs and virtually no rubbing to its gilding. The item "Museum Quality Miniature Japanese Satsuma Vase, Meiji Period, Signed Hozan" is in sale since Tuesday, January 14, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Vases".The seller is "signednumbered" and is located in Georgetown, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.