Yabu Meizan Japanese Meiji Period Satsuma Vase

Value (2013) | $5,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
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GUEST:
I've had it about ten years. I do a lot of yard sales, estate sales. I think it's from an estate sale. And I know I didn't pay much for it, so a lot of times the estate sales have the last day, half price. So that's where I think I got it. I've always loved the piece.

APPRAISER:
It's a Japanese vase. It's earthenware satsuma. It's an enameled satsuma in gilt and high-fired enamels. Satsuma was done during the Meiji period primarily, 1880 to 1920. This vase is enameled with wonderful drapery of wisteria. There's a very finely executed cobweb.

GUEST:
I know, I love that.

APPRAISER:
With a little dangling spider. There's songbirds. It's a profusion of wisteria to the shoulder, and then drooping down to this ovoid body. The rim is gilded. There's high points of gilding to identify each leaf. It's a beautifully hand-painted vase. Now, with earthenware satsuma there's a folklore or an urban legend that the Japanese artists who executed these vases would go blind due to the detail and intricate work.

GUEST:
I could see why they would think that.

APPRAISER:
At the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, I would say about 10%-20% of what we see are Japanese earthenware satsuma.

GUEST:
Okay.

APPRAISER:
The vast majority of that is mass-produced, quickly painted, rapidly executed, made for the mass export to the U.S. and to the Western market. This, however, resides in that very top percent.

GUEST:
Oh, my goodness.

APPRAISER:
The mark is gilded. It's overpainted on the body of the vase. And the mark is of Yabu Meizan. And Yabu Meizan had a workshop in Japan during the 1880s to 1920s. He was a Imperial Court artist. His workshop were the very, very top tier of Japanese earthenware satsuma. Japanese works of art have suffered a decline in the last 20 years. However, there has been a resurgence in the price of the cream of the crop. And he is the foremost earthenware satsuma painter, his workshop. As to value, I would say conservative auction estimate would be between $5,000 and $8,000.

GUEST:
Oh, my goodness. I can't believe it. (sighs) I still love it. (laughs)

APPRAISER:
Perhaps a little bit more now.

GUEST:
Yeah. Now I'm a little bit more nervous about, you know, it just sits in my living room on a bookshelf, you know.

APPRAISER:
Well, please don't stop enjoying it.

GUEST:
No, I'm going to enjoy it.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2013)
$5,000 Auction$8,000 Auction
Event
Richmond, VA (August 17, 2013)
Period
Meiji
Form
Vase
Material
Enamel

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