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Japanese Vases

While strongly influenced by the ceramic artists of China, the Japanese found innovative ways to make and decorate their porcelain vases. These include imari porcelains, unglazed vases, and Arita vases.

Imari porcelains, characterized by their bright orange reds and gilded with gold, began production circa 17th century. They were widely exported to the Western world in the 19th century. Other vases were left monochromatic, featuring relief images and subtly painted glazes.

While intricately glazed works are most well-known and preferred, the Japanese preferred unglazed vases and wares until the 17th century. Their preference for unglazed vases was due to the agrarian society that required the vases to be subject to significant weight and use.


Quick Facts

  • In 1223, the Seto province had the only one of six famous kilns in its time to have a glazing technique. This technique, however, was mostly intended to imitate Chinese style porcelain painting
  • Due to many damaged kilns in China between 1656 and 1684, exports for beautiful porcelain wares were in demand. The Japanese Arita kilns met demand, mass producing works that were sold by the Dutch East India Company
  • Old Japanese vases were primarily unglazed and used for cooking, funerals, and storage. Now, colorfully painted Japanese vases are used mostly for decorative purposes rather than utility

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A good quality blue ground cloissone vase, Japanese Meiji period ( 1868-1912)
Nov 14, 2:30 PM AEDT
A good quality blue ground cloissone vase, Japanese Meiji period ( 1868-1912)
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Est: AUD200- AUD400
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Vintage Japanese Porcelain Lidded Vase
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Vintage Japanese Porcelain Lidded Vase
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Est: $10- $1,000
$115 Bids
A Japanese Cloisonne vase with floral decoration. …
Nov 14, 12:00 PM AEDT
A Japanese Cloisonne vase with floral decoration. …
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Est: AUD10- AUD15
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JAPANESE GILT SHIBAYAMA VASE
Oct 28, 9:00 AM PDT
JAPANESE GILT SHIBAYAMA VASE
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Est: $100- $200
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Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
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Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Cloisonne Turn of the Century Enamel Vase
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
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Japanese Bronze Vase
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
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Est: $200- $2,000
$1002 Bids
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SEAL & 2 CARVED CHINESE STEMS
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SEAL & 2 CARVED CHINESE STEMS
by RB Fine Arts
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$1201 Bid
A FINE AND RARE YABU MEIZAN VASE
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A FINE AND RARE YABU MEIZAN VASE
by Nagel Auction
Est: €3,000- €5,000
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LARGE JAPANESE MORIAGE VASE
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
LARGE JAPANESE MORIAGE VASE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $40- $80
$201 Bid
Japanese Satsuma Charger and Matching Vases
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Satsuma Charger and Matching Vases
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
A PAIR OF FINE BRONZE VASES WITH FLORAL DECORATION
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A PAIR OF FINE BRONZE VASES WITH FLORAL DECORATION
by Nagel Auction
Est: €4,000- €6,000
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A GOLD- AND SILVER DECORATED KOMAI STYLE IRON VASE AND A BRONZE SHISHI
Nov 11, 9:30 AM CET
A GOLD- AND SILVER DECORATED KOMAI STYLE IRON VASE AND A BRONZE SHISHI
by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
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SIGNED JAPANESE KUTANI VASES WITH TIGER & DRAGONS
Oct 30, 3:00 PM EDT
SIGNED JAPANESE KUTANI VASES WITH TIGER & DRAGONS
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $450- $750
$2401 Bid
Japanese Bronze Vase with Peacock Feathers
Nov 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Japanese Bronze Vase with Peacock Feathers
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Porcelain vase. Japan. Meiji period (1868-1912). Signed
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Porcelain vase. Japan. Meiji period (1868-1912). Signed
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Japanese Satsuma Vintage Porcelain Vase
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Japanese Satsuma Vintage Porcelain Vase
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $300
$11 Bid
11in Vintage Japanese Enamel Champleve Vase
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
11in Vintage Japanese Enamel Champleve Vase
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Japanese bronze urn with beast handles with monkeys climing in trees and flyin
Nov 09, 5:30 PM EST
Japanese bronze urn with beast handles with monkeys climing in trees and flyin
by Antique Place
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1001 Bid
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE
Nov 06, 9:00 AM MDT
ANTIQUE JAPANESE SATSUMA VASE
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$101 Bid
Bronze Vase with Overlay 20th Century Japanese
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Bronze Vase with Overlay 20th Century Japanese
by Zikorn Arts
Est: $2,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids

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