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Help to id please turquoise dragon vase

Post by Namtaws on July 11th 2016, 9:20 am

Please can someone help, my late father purchased this from an antique centre in the 70s
It's 8.5" tall and it's in great almost new looking condition, I can't find anything about it at all
No makers mark etc. Thanks

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Post by NaomiM on July 11th 2016, 9:32 am

Looks Japanese monochrome Awaji pottery. Possibly late 19th Century but I can't tell from the photos if it has the fine crazing of the glaze that one expects to see on a piece that age.

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Post by Namtaws on July 11th 2016, 9:36 am

Hi thanks for your reply, yes it has very small crazing to the glaze all over, it's been in my garage for years and I was thinking about getting it valued but I have no idea where to start?
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Post by Namtaws on July 11th 2016, 9:38 am

It just looks to neat and clean to be old!
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Post by dantheman on July 11th 2016, 9:45 am

look for clues of manufacture

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Re: Help to id please turquoise dragon vase

Post by Namtaws on July 11th 2016, 9:46 am

There are no markings anywhere :(
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Post by dantheman on July 11th 2016, 10:05 am

how about throwing, rings, brush strokes or marks left from a mould?

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Re: Help to id please turquoise dragon vase

Post by Namtaws on July 11th 2016, 10:17 am

I'm a pottery novice as you can probably tell!
I can see faint lines on the outside which I guess would be throwing rings, and also inside looks clean and unpainted with rings around,
Outside the paint looks less brushed and more like slapped on with run marks showing darker turquoise colours, the dragon draped around looks hand made and fired on with very intricate detailing, the hair on the dragon the scales and eyes etc. Are all very detailed
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Post by NaomiM on July 11th 2016, 11:11 am

Namtaws wrote:Hi thanks for your reply, yes it has very small crazing to the glaze all over, it's been in my garage for years and I was thinking about getting it valued but I have no idea where to start?


I would think 19thC Awaji, Japan, then. Unlikely to be marked.  We can't give a value, not least because I haven't seen one that shape before. Best to take it to an auction house; preferably one with an expert in Oriental pieces. Maybe send photos to Woolley and Wallis

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/woolley-and-wallis

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Post by Namtaws on July 11th 2016, 11:16 am

I will send them an email and let you know what happens, thanks
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Post by NaomiM on July 11th 2016, 11:18 am

Excellent

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Post by denbydump on July 11th 2016, 2:28 pm

Agreed Japanese, the foot-rim is a dead giveaway.
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Post by Mordeep on July 12th 2016, 3:36 pm

Treble confirm here. It's Japanese late 19th or very early 20th. The foot rim as Denby said confirms it but also the colour. Burmantofts tried to copy them in the UK with limited success. The Japanese ones are never signed.
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Re: Help to id please turquoise dragon vase

Post by Namtaws on July 12th 2016, 3:45 pm

Thanks do you have a rough idea on its value?
It seems a shame for it to sit in a garage.
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Post by NaomiM on July 12th 2016, 3:47 pm

Sorry we can't give values on this site. Best to search past auctions on Invaluable.com, but you'll probably find a wide range for Awaji pottery.

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Post by Namtaws on July 12th 2016, 3:53 pm

Ok thanks
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