CHRYSANTHEMUM UNDERGLAZE GOLD LEAF ORNAMENTAL VASE
$5,213.00

Chrysanthemum Underglaze Gold Leaf Ornamental Vase

USD $5,213

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The vase features a prestigious pale yellow-green shade, reminiscent of Ming Dynasty (1368 CE - 1644 CE) gold-decorated porcelain. It elegantly displays chrysanthemum flowers, with blades of grass in soft gold leaf adding a subtle contrast against the moegi “yellow-green” shade. Its curved surface showcases a gradation of the shades of the underglaze, flowing from the slim rim to the light-reflecting curve of the body. 

Yoshita Minori, a master of Japanese porcelain art, symbolizes the fusion of tradition and artistic mastery. Hailing from Kanazawa, a region steeped in cultural history and formerly known as Kaga in Edo Period (1603 CE - 1868 CE), Yoshita's works echo the artistic legacy of the Maeda noble family, patrons of the arts. His creations, marked by intricate gold leaf and nuanced color usage, reflect the yugen principle of Japanese fantastical beauty, and the elegance of historical royal attire. 

Yoshita's contributions to porcelain art have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2001 and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in 2006.

PRODUCT DETAIL

  • Dimension: L 17.8 cm (7.0 in) x W 21.0 cm (8.3 in) x H 33.5 cm (13.2 in)
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Artist: Yoshita Minori

Chrysanthemum flowers are elegantly depicted, blooming without excessive flair. Surrounding these flowers, blades of grass are lightly scattered, rendered in a softer shade of gold leaf. This creates a subtle contrast between the delicate leaves and the subdued, elegant shine of the Chrysanthemum petals, all set against the noble moegi background.

Chrysanthemum flowers are elegantly depicted, blooming without excessive flair. Surrounding these flowers, blades of grass are lightly scattered, rendered in a softer shade of gold leaf. This creates a subtle contrast between the delicate leaves and the subdued, elegant shine of the Chrysanthemum petals, all set against the noble moegi background.

Yoshita Minori (1932 - ) 

Ningen Kokuho (Living National Treasure)
Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette

The slender elegance of the vase is known as the crane-neck design. Its curved surface enhances its visual appeal, inviting viewers to appreciate the changing gradient of the underglaze shade. This gradient flows from the vase's slim, towering rim down to its gently curved, light-reflecting main body. Towards the base, shadows overlay, adding depth and complexity. The overall design of the vase achieves a harmonious balance of shades and forms, reminiscent of a musical rhythm.

YOSHITA MINORI

Yoshita Minori (吉田美統), whose first name in Chinese characters means "Beauty under Rule," is a revered figure in the realm of Japanese porcelain art and stands as a living embodiment of centuries-old traditions and artistic excellence. Born and nurtured in Kanazawa, a historic and culturally rich region once known as the land of Kaga, Yoshita's artistry resonates deeply with the heritage of this region, which was ruled by the House of Maeda, a prestigious noble family known as the patron of theater and fine arts. His meticulous craftsmanship, evident in the delicate gold leaf work and the subtle yet profound use of color and texture, pays homage to yugen, the classical elegance of Japanese beauty, and the royal robes of Chinese and Japanese aristocracy.

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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