Exceptional and fine antique Japanese Edo Period (c1780s-1830s) 9 Hanaike (flower vase) of a Koi fish resting on an old fish trap. An incredible piece of craftsmanship with impeccable ribbed detail along the weaving of the basket and scales of the fish. Boasts a brilliant and early turquoise blue green glaze over a thick molded clay or porcelain. The detail is quite incredible and one of the finest examples I have ever seen; the trap even shows a gentle indentation from where the fish is resting on it giving it a very life like look. The koi fish is applied as well as the 4 wreath type ornamental decoration surrounding the opening of the vase.
No signature that I can note but quite worthy of further research. Provenance comes from a central Massachusetts area estate. In Fine/Excellent overall condition, especially considering age and rarity. No cracks, breaks, damage or wear with the exception of a very small (and very old) chip along the base of the tail (see photo 11). The glaze exhibits gentle crazing which is typical of a piece with this much age.
Shows gentle soiling in the crevices. A brilliant and rare, early Japanese koi fish Hanaike vase with turquoise glaze thet displays quite tremendously! Measures 8 3/4" tall and 4" in diameter at the base. Opening measures 1 in diameter.Fish measures 5 1/4" long x 1 1/2" thick. Heavy vase weighing nearly 2 lbs. Please enjoy the photos for further item details and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
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