For about thirty years, this little vase,
(7.6 cm = 3 inches high
9.5 cm = 3 3/4 inches wide)
has sat atop one of my stereo speakers and served to hold my stylus brush, (from an eye-make-up set), dust-bug brush, (from an electric razor kit), wax pencil for labeling cassettes & CDs, small adjusting screwdriver, and odd tiny parts etc.
It occurred to me that in this day of the internet, I should see if I can find out anything about it. It has no marks, but looks kind of Japanese to me.
japanese vase small 3 inch black cream green
japanese vase small
vase small wide base
vase small wide base vintage -glass
vase small squat vintage -glass
3 inch high vase -glass
3 inch vase black ground -glass
small vase black ground -glass
small vase black ground squat green blue -glass
small vase black ground several colours -glass
all produced nothing, but then, just in case it wasn't Japanese I tried "small vase japanese copy", and found two, stylistically similar, on the same page:
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The page section, entitled
"Japanese copies. In the Gouda style."
is on a website called Gouda-Design devoted to Dutch pottery made in the Gouda region's style.
A visit to the site will reveal that the colourful Dutch style was being imitated by the Japanese as early as 1919, and that the Japanese copies are quite common in Australia and New Zealand.
The lower of these two is so similar to my vase that I would be surprised if they didn't come from the same factory. The colours and style of painting are identical to my eye.
I wanted to show how similar; so I have taken another photo of my vase in daylight to show the colours better. See below left.
Thus it turns out my vase IS Japanese as I thought, but a copy of a Dutch style!
Also at Gouda-Design are a couple of pages showing someone's collection of the Japanese copies.
I also found a page with an interview of the Gouda-Design website owner.
Further searches have mostly found only more from Gouda-Design, or things copied from the site, with the exception of a few items for sale with little info.
There doesn't seem to be much to go on for a date for my vase, but my guess would be pre-WW2.
Thus I have another object probably older than I am. See my previous post of 20/07/2014:
My guitar pick holder is older than me!