Lot 1

A fine Japanese Satsuma pottery vessel and cover by Shozan Kinsei, Meiji period, of slab square sided vase form, with twin applied scroll handles and domed cover with two quatrefoil pierced holes and scroll finial, finely painted in enamels and gilt, one side with a panel depicting a lady sitting making silk thread, drawing it from a vessel set with a fire below and winding the thread onto a wooden frame, a small girl crouches gazing into the fire feeding it with sticks, a cockerel can been seen through the large window with views to a snowy mountain in the distance, to the other side with a flock of birds amongst flowing branches by a stream, both panels surrounded by a gilt greek key border, all reserved on a millefleurs ground of a mass of densely clustered chrysanthemums, peonies and morning glory, raised on four small feet to each corner, gilt on black seal mark to base 'Shozan kinsei' in a double gilt lined border, 12.3 by 6.0 by 12.5cm high.
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