Unsigned vase, Nagoya c.1870-1880. Museum no. 1271-1886

Unsigned vase, Nagoya c.1870-1880. Museum no. 1271-1886

Vase
Unsigned
Nagoya, Japan
c.1870-1880
Height 55.3cm
Museum no. 1271-1886
Dixon bequest.

In 1886 the V&A received the bequest of Frank Dixon which included several interesting examples of Nagoya enamels - little is known of the donor of these pieces, all of which could have been made not long before their acquisition. This is one of a pair of very large vases each with three panels depicting different scenes. The scene shown on the central panel of this vase closely resembles the type of image which would have been found on Japanese prints of the period. Two people are seen washing giant radishes (Japanese: daikon) in a river by a rustic cottage. The borders of the panel form a large abstract lucky Seven Treasures (Japanese: shippō) motif and the whole vase is completely covered with abstract geometric and floral patterns as well as large butterflies and the mythical phoenix-like Hō-ō bird.