24 April 2024

Welcome to the World of Luxury Vases

The choice of a single vase can redefine the ambiance of a room, transforming an ordinary space into a scene of elegance and charm. Within the world of interior design, luxury vases stand out not just as containers for flowers, but as art pieces that convey individual taste, cultural appreciation, and style. Imagine stepping into a room where a beautifully crafted vessel sits gracefully on a table; its presence alone can captivate and inspire.

But what makes a piece truly luxurious? Is it the craftsmanship, the history behind its creation, or the uniqueness of its design? In this article we will introduce five exceptional pieces that are not just vessels, but symbols of beauty and sophistication. From the time-honored techniques of Hozan Kiln to the modern refinement of the "underglaze gold leaf" technique of Yoshita Minori, each vessel tells a story, ready to become a part of your home's narrative.


  • Chrysanthemum Underglaze Gold Leaf Ornamental Vase
  • Nakada Kingyoku Shoza Style Kutani Ware Flower Vase
  • Arita Porcelain Lab Yazaemon "Somenishiki" Rock Flower Bird Flower Vase
  • Gold Leaf and Trees Kutani Ware Flower Vase
  • Hozan Kiln Goma Bizen Ware Round Flower Vase

Chrysanthemum Underglaze Gold Leaf Ornamental Vase

This ornamental vase is created by Yoshita Minori. His porcelain artistry is a modern tribute to Japan's rich cultural and historical tapestry, particularly influenced by the esteemed artistic traditions of Kanazawa, formerly known as the land of Kaga.

His work embodies yugen, capturing the essence of grace and profound beauty that defines classical Japanese aesthetics. Through generations of skilled craftsmanship, Yoshita has refined the art of yuri kinsai, or "underglaze gold leaf," incorporating natural motifs into his designs, a novel approach that diverges from conventional geometric patterns.

This vase is a tangible representation of history and culture, radiating a soft and elegant glow throughout. More than just decoration, it can transform a space into a tranquil haven of nobility, captivating the senses.

In 2001, Yoshita was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon, and in 2006, he received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from the Emperor of Japan.

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Nakada Kingyoku Shoza Style Kutani Ware Flower Vase

The Shoza style Kutani vase, a masterpiece combining classic Kutani gosai (red, green, yellow, purple, and navy blue) with Western paints and adorned with gold, exemplifies the rich cultural heritage and meticulous craftsmanship of Japan. Originating in the Meiji period (1868 CE–1912 CE), this style is celebrated for its vivid imagery, luxurious gold accents, and complex overglaze painting.

The vase features a detailed depiction of peonies and peacocks, symbols of tastefulness, beauty and vibrancy, against a backdrop of geometric patterns, adding depth and dynamism to its design. At its core, the portrayal of gentlemen discussing symbolizes wisdom and friendship, a theme underscored by the unique gold dot technique of Nakada Kingyoku the First. This technique, involving hand-applied fine dots to pattern the robes, highlights the extraordinary skill and artistic vision of its maker.

This vase not only serves as a stunning decorative piece but also as a bearer of cultural history, ideal for both prominent display and private collections.

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Arita Porcelain Lab Yazaemon Somenishiki Rock Flower Bird Flower Vase

Arita ware, originating from the historic Arita town in Saga Prefecture, is celebrated as Japan's premier porcelain, known for its 400-year tradition. Esteemed for its translucent white porcelain and vivid decorative art, it is a symbol of high prestige and skill in Japan, embodying a legacy of technical excellence achieved through specialized division of labor in its production processes.

Utilizing the unique Amakusa toseki "ceramic stone," Arita ware is distinguished by its lightweight, durable, and translucent qualities, offering a spectrum of artistic expressions from the blue underglaze sometsuke to the overglaze painting techniques. Despite historical fluctuations, Arita ware's enduring legacy and craftsmanship have been preserved, earning it national recognition as a traditional craft in 1977. Among its collection, Arita Porcelain Lab features vases that exemplify the somenishiki technique, intricate hand-painted designs on a backdrop of sometsuke, lastly adorned with gold leaf.

This vase, ideal for displaying flowers or as a standalone art piece, serves as a testament to the timeless elegance and rich heritage of Arita ware, making it a perfect gift or decorative element for any home.

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Gold Leaf and Trees Kutani Ware Flower Vase

Kutani ware, was introduced in 1655 during the early years of the Edo period (1603 CE–1868 CE) by Maeda Toshiharu, the first lord of the Kaga-Daishoji Domain. It originated from the Kaga region in Ishikawa Prefecture with a rich history, was later celebrated globally as "Japan Kutani" for its vibrant and colorful overglaze known as gosai "five colors."

This classic Kanazawa craft showcases a unique depth in its paintings, creating serene landscapes that blend stillness and motion, light and shadow, into a tranquil atmosphere. The use of gold leaf in the depiction of trees and the graceful portrayal of cranes flying in the sky is proof to its exquisite craftsmanship and artistic vision.

Kutani ware's enduring appeal lies in its dynamic colors and designs, making it a valuable addition to both classic and modern interiors, whether displayed on shelves or used to arrange flowers.

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Hozan Kiln Goma Bizen Ware Round Flower Vase

Bizen ware, originating from the Imbe area of Okayama Prefecture, is one of Japan's oldest ceramics, known for its durability and water resistance thanks to the yakishime technique—firing at high temperatures without glaze.

Hozan Kiln, a longstanding Bizen pottery kiln, carries on this age-old craft, embodying the "art of clay and fire" through its minimalist wabi-sabi design. Beyond its visual appeal, the naturally glazed surface features fine pores that enhance breathability, extending water freshness. This piece beautifully preserves floral arrangements longer.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of rustic finesse with this large, round Bizen ware vase, celebrated for its understated design and warm, yellow-tinged hue. This piece embodies the essence of minimalist charm, making it a perfect vessel for displaying seasonal flowers or branches. Whether positioned on a dining table or a hallway side table, its rich earth tones and rustic hues enhance both natural-themed and contemporary spaces.

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Luxury vases are more than just vessels for flowers. They are works of art that embody tradition, craftsmanship, and beauty. These five potteries introduced in this article offer a unique story and aesthetic, providing endless possibilities for enhancing your home decor. Whether displayed prominently or used to hold your favorite blooms, these vases will surely enrich your living space with their enchantment and allure.

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