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Subject:Bronze Japanese Vase
Posted By: Whitney Sun, Apr 25, 2021 IP:

I believe I have a bronze Japanese vase. It is beautifully detailed! If someone could please translate the note on the bottom it would be most appreciated!

Subject:Re: Bronze Japanese Vase
Posted By: Guy Mon, Apr 26, 2021

The mark is shown upside down.

It reads 西京 吉田造 or 'Saikyô - Yoshida zô' (made by Yoshida (in) the western capital). Saikyo was during a short period the name for Kyoto at the start of the Meiji period.

The workshop of Yoshida in Kyoto was already active during the early Meiji period, producing bronze jardinières (suiban), vases, gongs and ornaments for both domestic and export markets.

Yoshida's Kyoto bronze ware workshop is well known for producing items of high quality. His work was shown at the 1876 International Exhibition in Philadelphia.


Subject:Re: Bronze Japanese Vase
Posted By: Whitney C Ludvik Mon, Apr 26, 2021

Thank you!! & apologies for posting upside down!

Subject:Re: Bronze Japanese Vase
Posted By: Mark Adams Mon, Apr 26, 2021

Can't add any more than Guy has posted.
It's a beautiful example from the Late Meiji period.
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