Nakada Kingyoku Shoza Style Kutani Ware Flower Vase

JPY ¥300,000

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This exquisite vase embodies the meticulous craftsmanship and profound cultural heritage of Japan, highlighted by its lavish gold and red design, signature to the Kutani shoza style. Originating in the Meiji period (1868 CE - 1912 CE), this style is a quintessential representation of 19th-century Japanese porcelain, renowned for its vibrant colors, elaborate designs, and opulent gold details, especially its intricate overglaze painting in a multitude of colors. 

The vase's striking gold outlines enhance the deep red, symbolizing both luxury and a touch of the divine. It features a variety of motifs with mythological and flower-and-bird traditional themes. Specifically, the vase portrays the beautiful peony, a symbol of elegance, and the majestic peacock, adding a vibrant and dynamic element to the design. Additionally, geometric patterns called shippo in shades of red and green add to its complexity.

At the heart of its design, a group of gentlemen in discussion emphasizes the values of wisdom and friendship. Created by Nakada Kingyoku the First, who established his kiln in 1946, this legacy is now carried on by Nakada Kingyoku the Third. This piece stands as an antique treasure crafted by its esteemed founder.

Notably, the painting of the robes of the gentlemen in the vase employs gold dots, which is the signature technique of Nakada Kingyoku. This technique involves adding fine dots by hand to paint patterns, showcasing an exquisite detail that further accentuates the craftsmanship and artistic vision of the creator.

Whether it finds a place of prominence in a living room or is treasured as part of a private collection, this Kutani shoza style vase is a celebration of a beautiful embodiment of the heritage craft, a piece of cultural history.


  • Dimension: L 25.0 cm (9.8 in) x H 25.0 cm (9.8 in) x D 11.5 cm (4.5 in)
  • Box Size: L 31.5 cm (12.4 in) x W 28.5 cm (11.2 in) x H 28.5 cm (11.2 in)
  • Material: Porcelain
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani ware
  • Artist: Nakada Kingyoku the First

About kutani ware

Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.

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Beautiful vase

Super easy to order. Delivery as promised. The vase is better than expected. A really great piece.



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