Jiki-shippo literally, “porcelain-enamel,” is enamel work that is decorated on a porcelain body or foundation that has been fired at a high temperature. Also commonly referred to as totai shippo, a more general term used to include ceramic, earthenware or porcelain bases. “Tree-bark” cloisonne’ is relatively fragile due to the delicate surfacing technique which will sometimes chip or crack around the edges because of the porcelain base.
The process of making cloisonné is rather complicated. It begins with the porcelain base formed into different shapes of vases, jars, and bowls, to which flat bronze wires are then affixed in decorative patterns. Enamels of different colors are applied to fill the cloisonné or hollows.
This antique Japanese vase is called “tree-bark” cloisonne’, and emphasizes the treatment of the enameled body to simulate the rough, natural, tree surface. Totai Cloisonne’ vases were only made for a short period of time and discontinued because of the difficulty in producing specimens that were not flawed or damaged in manufacture. Specimens of this quality are getting very difficult to find in excellent condition.
This bulbous vase with elongated neck features a bird, butterfly, and floral motif, and has a very finely crafted porcelain body surface in lacquered brown. The flowers and bird are exceptionally detailed and show wonderful variations of color in shades of brown, green, orange and red enamels making the design natural and realistic. The neck and bottom of the vase have a geometric motif with the white porcelain portions seen just below the throat of the neck and bottom of the piece. Notice the beautiful deeply textured relief simulating wood bark. Most Jiki-shippo cloisonne’ ware were not signed or marked by the artist or studio. No markings or stamp. Age: Meiji period. Dimensions:10-1/2”h x 4-1/4”dia.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection