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Vase - Mountain Landscape & Eagle, Tokyo Hyouchi-en, Fukagawa, Japan, Early Meiji Period, 1873-1880 Object Reg. No: HT 22545

Vase manufactured by Tokyo Hyouchi-en in Fukagawa, Japan, during the early Meiji period between 1873 and 1880. Hyouchi-en was awarded a Fifth prize by the Glass and Pottery jury at the Melbourne International Exhibition. The manufacturers would have received a certificate.

In 1872 the Japanese government established a porcelain factory in Asakusa, Tokyo, specifically to produce material for display at the 1873 Vienna International Exhibition. It was headed by Kawahara Noritatsu (1845-1914). The government sold the factory to Kawahara in 1873 and he subsequently renamed the company Tokyo Hyouchi-en.

In 1900 Kawahara established a factory in Kyoto, known as Kyoto Hyouchi-en. It followed the tradition established at Tokyo Hyouchi-en, decorating porcelain kilned in Seto by the trading company Morimura Group. Kyoto Hyouchi-en was subsumed by the Japanese Pottery Partnership, Nagoya, in 1909. This partnership became known as Noritake, one of the leading companies of Japanese ceramics.
Two handled, tapering cylindrical with slightly bulbous body. Celadon glaze background with gilding around neck and foot. Painted on both sides in muted greys, blacks and browns: one side depicts a mountain landscape, complete with people walking up a path, and the other side an eagle in flight.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr Will Twycross, 2009
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 420 mm (Height), 180 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, royal exhibition building, japanese art, decorative arts, ceramics
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, John Twycross Melbourne International Exhibitions Collection
Secondary Classification: International Exhibitions
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Signed on foot in red paint with three columns of kanji. Signature reads: Tokyo Hyouchi-en Sei, Japan No. 187
Manufacturer: Tokyo Hyouchi-en, Japan, 1873-1880
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Collector: Mr John Twycross, Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, 1881

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