Condition is Very Fine and Undamaged. No signs of damage or wear. No cracks or loss of gilding. Matching pair of vases in the Satsuma style in Cobalt Blue glaze with Gold Leaf decoration and raised Moriage gilding depicting Kannon and Arhat against a sunset sky, with lake and mountains. The base is signed "Seizan".
NOTE: The signature is by the Master Potter and pioneer of the fine calligraphy technique, Oda Seizan and NOT to be confused with Seizan Gama (Seizan Kiln). In 1895 Oda Seizan and in Terai, Ohara started calligraphy under the guidance of Nomura Zenkichi. Oda Seizan has improved this technique established few years and became specialized in this field.
In 1912 Oda Seizan was mastering the calligraphy and will eventually become the most famous calligraphist and 1953 a Living National Treasure. Only few painters have since succeeded to reach a similar level. They have been very well looked after and never been used for any purpose other than ornaments/collectors items.The only signs of wear/aging are crazing on the base of the feet (see images). The item "Very Fine Pair Of Satsuma Vases Signed Seizan (Red Mark) Meiji / Taisho Period" is in sale since Saturday, October 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Japanese\Vases". The seller is "innervision_69" and is located in Sandown. This item can be shipped worldwide.