Posted 8 months ago
This vase is about 10" high and 12" widest diameter. It is actually pretty thin. It appears to be white clay with a brown or copper impregnated decoration applied to the rim. The seller identified it as a Kutani mountain (toyama) vase, but the mark on the bottom is so sloppy that I cannot make it out. I suspect that the seller identified it as a Kutani mountain vase because there is a pretty similar vase here though the mark is not similar:
I can't really blame them as this is the only very similar vase I could find. I did find three more Kutani mountain vases which are not quite the same. Guessing it probably is Japanese, though I am not certain it is Kutani as I cannot make out the Kutani generic mark in the mess of a signature. I will say that the finish to the base on my vase is very similar to what I have seen on the few Japanese examples I could find.
I have read that the Chinese are counterfeiting many Japanese vases, but I don't think the Japanese version of these mountain vases are particularly valuable so not sure it would be worthwhile to counterfeit it. On the other hand, the Japanese vases are attractive so I could understand if the Chinese were just stealing the design to sell. Thoughts welcome.