10. Room to fill

Compared to previous objects we have looked at this is large vase (30cm tall). It is full of delicate wirework, so it needed a lot of design work. How to fill all of that space with a high level of workmanship? A good way to start is to create a floral scene.

On the smaller vases we often had butterflies. Now we have butterflies in their own pretty environment. The following images show the quality of the design, of the wirework, and of the execution.

Of course this delightful picture still only covers a relatively small area of the vase. The remaining area is instead fairly densely covered with small and large ’roundels’. Some of these are minor works of art in themselves, and worth noting to aid comparison between vases and workshops.

The small roundels here are relatively disappointing, with only three designs repeated several times. Perhaps they were the bits delegated to the trainee.

The larger roundels are much more exciting, and once again we have butterflies. Again the design and execution is excellent.

One other distinctive feature of the vase can be seen at the neck where there is the expected ring of small red circles, and also the black spiral strength wiring. Between them however the green scale pattern is not semicircular as seen on previous vases, but a more interesting ‘clover scale’ shape. Might this help us later when seeking the origin of objects?

So a much more powerful vase than previous ones. It contains a huge amount of work, and it is all executed at a high skill level. Maybe not by a master craftsman, but certainly by a very talented one.

Object 10. Vase height 30.1 cm weight 562 gm.

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