Condition: Excellent

Exceptional Antique Signed Japanese Cloisonne Vase with Chrysanthemums & Butterflies | 19th Century

Circa 1900, miniature baluster tapered form with fine copper wire work and polychrome enamels. The base and rim have decorative lappet bands and wonderful color wildflowers on a mirror dark black background. The neck and base has a geometric design. Hand signed but unidentified. In excellent condition with no chips, cracks, damages, or restorations whatsoever. Dimensions: 7-0” h x 3-1/2” at the widest point.

Additional Information—

Cloisonné is a way of enameling an object, (typically made of copper) whereby fine wires are used to delineate the decorative areas (cloisons in French, hence cloisonné) into which enamel paste is applied before the object is fired and polished. The Japanese characters used for the word shippō (the Japanese term for enamelware) mean ‘Seven Treasures’. which is a reference to the seven treasures mentioned in Buddhist texts. Although these treasures may vary, they generally included at least some of the following: gold, silver, emerald, coral, agate, lapis lazuli, giant clamshell, glass and pearl. The Japanese applied this expression to the rich colors found on Chinese enamel wares and later to those they made themselves.

From tentative beginnings in Nagoya in the 1830s, by the end of the nineteenth century the art of cloisonné enameling had expanded to become one of Japan’s most successful forms of manufacture and export.The peak of artistic and technological sophistication was reached during the years 1880 to 1910, a period often referred to as the ‘Golden Age’ of Japanese cloisonné enamels and superb pieces were made for display at the great world exhibitions of that time as well as for general export.

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