Antique Pair Japanese Kutani Porcelain Vases C1880
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A beautiful pair of Kutani flattened ovoid section shaped vases, dating from circa 1880.
Each vase has eggshell cream coloured panels and features birds of paradise, peacocks, ducks, butterflies and flowers all within a garden setting. The body is painted in a vibrant red over glazing with gilt motifs. Both vases are signed with painted three character marks to the bases.
'Kutani' means 'Nine Valleys' and refers to a region in Japan where porcelain was mined.
Instil a certain elegance to a special place in your home with these fabulous vases.
In excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or damage, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 25 x Width 14 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 10 inches x Width 5 inches x Depth 5 inches
Kutani porcelain was made in Japan after the mid-seventeenth century. Most of the pieces found today are nineteenth-century. Collectors often use the term Kutani to refer to just the later, colorful pieces decorated with red, gold, and black pictures of warriors, animals, and birds. Collectors are often confused because the word Kutani has been used to describe other nineteenth-century porcelains, earthenwares, and stonewares—all of which may or may not be marked with the Japanese characters for "Kutani."
Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)
was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.
While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.
Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.
The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).
is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.
The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.
It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.
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