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Japanese vase any ideas


I've just bought this lovely Japanese vase which stands 7" high and the glass is almost an inch thick so a substantial piece. It came from the US and carries an old  label to the base "Imported exclusively for Howard Enterprises Inc". Beautifully etched and coloured with birds in branches and two seals or signatures as shown.
I've tried google and numerous information seach engines with no joy, nor can I find anything in any of my books, but as I collect Japanese art, it was a real must have so any information appreciated.
Please don't tell me my pictures are too big, I know and have tried all of the suggestions I've had and can't get anything to work, I think I've got a learning difficulty where this is concerned and I've spent hours trying to size them smaller.


My previous researches seemed to indicate that there was very little or no art glass produced in Japan pre-war in the 20th century (I specify C20 merely because I didn't try to look further back).

Just post-war the Japanese sought industries which could be set up quickly and easily to produce for export. Naturally they resuscitated their pottery and porcelain industries but sometime in the late 40's or very early 50s they begain exporting Art Glass to the USA and possibly elsewhere. Much of it was not very good quality.

Yours does look better quality and reflects porcelain decor - no surprise there so I suspect later than that.

This from Bill Geary may help
--- Quote ---First class Japanese art glass is being produced by the Hoya Crystal. The crystal is clear. There is the minimal use of color in a few forms. There was The
Hoya Crystal Museum Gallery at 450
Park Avenue, New York, NY
right behind Gallery Orrefors. It is now closed.
The forms are very exciting and I have included some information in the Schroeder's Antique Price Guide for 2005 and 2006.
Bill Geary
--- End quote ---

There's nothing like yours in their current catalogue at
the vast majority of which is clear crystal / cut / and some flashed cut-to-clear.
But here's a sake ? set by Hoya showing a pale aqua blue
Maybe Bill will see this and comment further.

PS Your pics are ok for me as my browser auto re-sizes to fit the page but try where your pics can be re-sized online (use edit ...its VERY easy) even after they have been uploaded.

Hoya makes the highest grade optical quality crystal, and does some stunning things with that - but I'm not sure this is it....

Jo in Australia:
I love the vase, but have no idea who made it.

While on the topic of Japanese glass I thought you might like to see some pictures I took in Japan in April at the Konpira Ema Glass Gallery in Kyoto. It takes up a tiny corner of the Konpira Ema Shrine and what it lacks in quantity is more than made up for by the quality of each piece. There was a most beautiful vase there by a Japanese artist. Unfortunately I didn't record the artist's name and now have no idea who it was... so I'll have to go back again to find out  :D
I have just put a few photos of varying quality into a free Yahoo site - they may take a while to download  :roll:


Paul, I could try to translate the characters - prior to this: is any of them known to you? We can only go that way by indicating what it is NOT - but then after, it will be a pleasure to research.


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