|Origin:||The origin of this doban is uncertain, it could be either Chinese, or Japanese in the Chinese style,
echoing the decorative designs of ancient bronze ritual vessels. Many Japanese artisans, including the well-known Harada Houn, incorporated Chinese designs into
their work, so while Chinese in appearance, it may well be Japanese in origin.|
Cast on the inside is a 9 character inscription in the archaic Chinese-style "bird script" (unread)
|Size:||11 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches, 28.5 x 18 x 3 cm (w x d x h)|
|Comments:||A fine quality doban with a beautiful old patina, suggesting it dates from the late 19th to very early 20th century,
when there was a boom in literati culture which favoured items of Chinese taste.|
On the bottom is a dark coloured area with a rough texture, which was likely the result of the original casting process - nonetheless, it is solid and of the same thickness as the rest of the doban, and not being visible while in use, does not effect its appearance in any way.
Without doubt this is a special piece and rare doban such as this seldom come on the market.
||SOLD, with thanks.