This impressive early Nippon vase stands a mighty 12" high by 5.5" across by 5" in diameter. This vase was produced by the Nippon Company, its line is 'Royal Nishiki' and it dates to c1906. It has a full bodied form, with small inverted scrolled leaf adornments at the shoulders. The Royal Nishiki line was decorated in a style that reflected a western influence for sure. While we have seen several pieces over the years, this is by far the best example of a Royal Nishiki in an Arts & Crafts style that we've seen, it is beautiful. This vase is decorated with an interesting carved or embossed motif of Iris blossoms and stylized leaves on the front and back, along with a tile-like banding at the top, middle and lower edge of the vase, which makes for a very nice accent. It is hand painted in a sort of tube-lined process, in rich matte glaze colors over a deep olive green ground, with beautifully complementary colors in the artwork. It is marked with two overlapping paper labels on the base, one clearly marked Made in Japan, the other with letter and number codes. We suspect the Royal Nishiki ink stamp may be under the paper labels, but we do guarantee it to be vintage Nippon Royal Nishiki from c1906. It is amazingly in near factory original condition, with the usual glaze nuances of Japanese pots like skips, and some post-factory flecks in the green glaze, most notably on the top rim and handles, shown in the photos. This large and impressive Nippon Royal Nishiki vessel, which is more than 100 years old, makes a very pleasing Arts & Crafts presentation!
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