It is always a surprise to face such a highly qualified work. Even more surprising was it to see the signatures under the vases. It has faded a bit, but it says clearly 陶博 園, what is Tohaku-En, the workshop of Naruse Seishi, who is considered one of the greatest Satsuma artists (see "Prominent makers 3"). His work or that from his workshop is rare and difficult to find outside the museums.