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Kutani Herons Vase
I learned from Mark, that these are herons, not cranes.
Sharing this mostly because...I just like to share nice things I find. Reminds me of a quote from the great movie (and play) GlenGarry Glen Ross. Uttered by an actor who’s name I won’t mention.... “They just like talking to salesmen”. 😆
I think the vase is 1930s maybe? Is that accurate, or is it newer? The places I go have numerous modern vases of this type, I might see fifty modern ones for every antique that appears. Just guesstimating (is that actually a word now? It probably shouldn’t be.) The older ones really stand out...so pretty. Has the minimalist two character Kutani mark.
take it with a grain of salt
A beautiful vase you have purchased.
I think it's probably 1920's - 1930's
They are in my opinion great egrets. The painter has sort of stylised them. During mating season their colours change to a brilliant green lore between the eyes and bill.
I think someone may be getting some bundles of joy, looks like storks, hati hati. It is very pretty.
Hi Mark, Ah great egrets in this case. “Lore” is a new word for me. I see that its the coloring beneath the eyes. Interesting. Thanks!
Hi Sharon, Yes, reminiscent of storks 😀
take it with a grain of salt
Very interesting vase what a nice shape. Good quality Kutaini stands out. Now about those birds Herons fly with their necks retracted, cranes fly with their necks extended. Cranes and Herons depending on what particular clade or family they belong to in their species can have red or black legs. As Mark suggested the painter of this vase is using artistic license but to very good affect.
Not only am I learning about Asian antiques, but now I am learning about birds! Bidamount forum is the gift that just keeps giving!
Thank you Michael,
So I guess the artist took some liberties as opposed to strictly adhering to nature. I do like how he/she included two birds with different coloring. It adds a little something.
Great site, isn’t it? For me, the old adage applies to this hobby/profession: The more you learn, the more you realize how much you don’t know. But I am more than ok with that.
take it with a grain of salt
@watership Yes, collecting Asian antiques is a reliable way to remember how little I know about most things. And then to have fun learning a little something more each day.
Thinking about it perhaps it was not so much artistic license maybe the painter is showing male and female. The vase could be a wedding gift. Think I have posted the link below about the meaning of birds in Chinese art before, but we have had new members since then so have posted it again. Think the meanings or symbolism's can be applied to Japanese art in most cases.
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