Meiping vase. Decorated with irises in underglaze blue and pale mauve. Made of porcelain. Marked.
- 1900 (circa)
- Made in: Japan
- Height: 32.7 centimetres
Inscription TransliterationGenroku sei
A tall ornamental vase lends itself to a design of tall stiff leafed irises. The colours are stylised, but the painting of the irises is very realistic and finely executed. By 1900 irises were popular garden plants in the West, and Japanese nurseries specialised in exporting huge quantities of rhizomes, with dozens of vividly coloured flowers. The design and painting of this vase is influenced by fashionable 'art nouveau' style, which incorporated ideas and images from newly accessible and startlingly different Japan. The surge of interest in Japanese culture and enthusiasm for all aspects of Japanese art was dubbed 'Japonisme' in 1872 by the French art critic Phillipe Burty.
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Object reference number: JCR11327
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