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Large Pair of Japanese Cloisonne Peacock Vases Attributed to Kaji Tsunekichi

$3,200per set


An impressive pair of Japanese cloisonné peacock vases attributed to Kaji Tsunekichi (1803 - 1883), Meiji period, mid-19th century, Japan. The vases of pear shape, with a high splayed foot and large everted trumpet mouth. The bodies with a design of a peacock and peahen to one side, the long tail of the peacock wrapping around the vase. The other side with gnarled pine trees and blossoming peony flowers. Peacocks in Japanese culture are associated with Kannon (Guanyin in China) and symbolize compassion and love, while peonies symbolize nobility and good fortune, and the pine tree is a symbol of longevity. The pear shaped bodies rise to a narrow neck before flaring out dramatically. The everted mouth of mallow shape, with intricate geometric and floral designs to both the interior and exterior. Kaji Tsunekichi is credited for reviving the art of cloisonné in Japan in the late Edo and early Meiji periods. Deaccessioned from the Indianapolis Museum of Art Newfields, with a collection number in red to the underside of each vase.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm)Diameter: 8.25 in. (20.96 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. Both vases with minor dents and loss to the enamel, mainly around the foot, as seen in photos. One vase with a minor dent to the body near the pine tree.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894720995592

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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