Antique Appraised Japanese ceramic hand painted vase with makers mark and gild
I have had this piece appraised by a verified expert in antiques and collectibles. He was provided by JustAnswer.antiques.com . I can provide a copy of that appraisal upon request. It was appraised as a Japanese vase from the late 1800's to mid 1900's. The maker's mark is "mi ka" in Japanese katakana script. It was found to have a lot of Satsuma influence in style, but technically would not be classified as a Satsuma vase. It was appraised for $175.00.
Pictures don't do justice to this piece. There is heavy raised painting and gilt on this piece. No chips, cracks, or hairlines. There is light crazing which can only be seen under bright light and does not distract from the beauty of the piece. The finish glaze is a dark to light chocolate at the top and base and cream color in the middle. It is quite large measuring 14 1/2 " x 8 1/2". It is very clean inside and out. There are a couple of tiny places of paint from the original painting of the piece that got on the piece during the painting. They do not distract from the beauty. Picture 5 shows a light stain mark on the left side inside the vase. It is faint and probably came from a stem that was left too long in the vase. It is not a hairline crack.
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