I found this Fujikake Yuzan pot on the excellent Japanese blog of Takayuki Miyamoto, second generation proprietor of Miyamoto En, and a well respected appraiser and collector of famous shohin pots.
Made when he was 50 years old(1986) to commemorate the middle of his life, this Yuzan dragon pot is something really special, as the accents of the dragons’ eyes and the pearl he grasps are 20 carat gold! Gold is often used in thread crack repair for very expensive pots, but this is the first time I’ve seen it used as a part of the pot’s original design.
The gold is used on only one of the two eyes of the Dragon, as if caught by sunlight and glinting. The painting of the dragon is well done and lifelike, and there is a very nice patina for only having been around 25 years. Note that while the porcelain is developing some patina, the gold is still as bright as the day the pot was made!
Most Yuzan are under 5″, so at 7″ this piece is at the top of Yuzan’s range.