Sunday, February 6, 2011
Snatched up this "Occupied Japan" vase from the Goodwill a little while back. Status: Holding it's Own...and some crappy fake plastic flowers.
This is the first piece of Occupied Japan collectible swag that I've ever purchased. Got it for $3. No way, right? Eh, it's got a few cracks...so it's not too big a deal!
But the fact that it is old, has a bit of provenance and is just really beautiful meant
that is was definitely coming home with the Mr.
Even the simplicity of the decoration and design is right up my alley! No craziness
or unnecessary flourishes. It's a very subtle and understated style.
I can't quite make out the entire stamp on the bottom but it does say (Hand
Made?) in Occupied Japan. That places it's made on date somewhere between
1947 and 1952 (or possibly as late as 1955). This is maybe 20 years older than