What's it Worth? Appraisal of Japanese Moriage Vase

japanese moriage vase  Eric asks:

Dear Mr. Kolenda,

The pics are for a Chinese(?) Vase that has been in our family for many years, but I know nothing about it. It has no markings and no defects. It is 19 inches in height and about 9 inches in diameter.

Thank you for any insight.




AW says: Hello Eric, your vase is actually Japanese, and the technique of the raised decoration is known as Moriage.

It’s a very good example of the Moriage technique, it has that, and it’s large size going for it in the way of value enhancement.



Date range: 19th century


Retail value: $350-$600
(top price)

Wholesale value: $200
(The mid range price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)

Quick sale value: $95
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.

Common terminology, nicknames, keywords: Antique Japanese vase, Nippon, Moriage

Care and storage tips: This should only be cleaned with a soft clean cloth