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Suwa Sozan censer, sublime signed silver cover - Hoo-oo

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1920: Item # 1203924
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A good Japanese studio porcelain celadon censer (after Chinese Song dynasty examples), of kinuta color, by Suwa Sozan. Seal impressed on the bottom between the three legs with unglazed feet. With an even more extraordinary, finely worked silver cover with gilt highlights (eyes, beak, comb, feather details, hollyhock blossom stamens.) The treatment and the details of the hollyhock leaves down to the veining and insect nibbles is sublime. The exquisite detailing of the hairs on the Hoo-oo no Tori's (mythical Japanese phoenix) down and intermediate feathers and the stippling between quills of the tail feathers is breathtaking. The photographs don't quite capture the detail. Early 20th century. Excellent condition. Height covered about 5 1/2 inches (13.9 cm). Diameter of the censer 5 1/2 inches (14 cm). Diameter of the silver cover about 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm)