Top-drawer Meiji productions

Meiji vases and covers – £16,000 at Thomas R Callan.

Two lots of Japanese cloisonné – both by top-drawer Meiji workshops – merited sums way over estimate at a sale conducted by Thomas R Callan (20% buyer’s premium) in Ayr on November 30.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Roland Arkell

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A pair of 6in (15cm) ovoid vases and covers decorated with panels of birds to one side and butterflies to the other sold at £16,000 (estimate £200-300). One of the pair was in good condition, the other with some areas of loss and overpainting. Similar pieces are known bearing the mark of Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845- 1927) of Kyoto.

Estimated at £120-180 but sold at £5000 was a 7in (18cm) high baluster form vase worked with doves and tress branches against a gloss black ground. Although not catalogued as such it carried the lozenge mark of Hayashi Kodenji (1831-1915) of Nagoya.