Chrysanthemum vase by Eiraku Zengoro (Wazen) with painting and poetic inscription by Otagaki Rengetsu.
"From the time of the
First buds long ago,
To the time in the future
When autumn ends
White chrysanthemum flowers endure."
A white chrysanthemum symbolizes the imperial household, i.e. the Japanese people and their culture. This vase is one of a batch made by the famous Kyoto potter Eiraku Zengoro (Wazen 1823-1896) decorated with brushwork by Rengetsu.
Age: Edo - Meiji Period 19th Century
Size: 11-1/2" high, 3" diam
Condition: Excellent, handle repaired