Japanese Antique Cloisonné Vase

Antique Japanese Cloisonné Enamel Vase with Songbird and Wisteria Motif

Age:1912 (Meiji Period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 8-0"h

This is a very fine and beautifully detailed enamel Japanese Cloisonné Vase. It depicts Wisteria and foliage with a detailed songbird in a wonderful color. As the foundation, a translucent and gleaming lavender enamel gives attention to the motif. It has a silver rim top and bottom finishing off the tapered form with a thick flared neck. The vase is a solid color and un-ornamented on the backside, with the decoration on the front and side. The piece is unsigned.

Vintage Condition: Excellent with the inlay completely intact. “As is”, and both pieces have retained the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: As a general statement, Japanese enamels, (Cloisonné), are unique and exceptionally beautiful, and there is no shadow of a doubt that modern Japanese enamels, in every way, surpass the older Chinese. There are two very distinct styles in the modern enamels; the Kyoto craftsman preferring to work in the true cloisonné, where the design is laid on in gold or copper wire in geometrical or decorative motifs and patterns of bewildering fineness. The Tokyo enameler works on different lines and overall format and produces panels that look like fine paintings on porcelain on monochrome vases, boxes, and other decorative objects, which are considered a triumph of workmanship. Around 1889 we also see Tokyo artisans producing Cloisonné without wires which received prizes in Tokyo, Paris, and Chicago. And, finally, there are the Nagoya workshops, although probably producing more wares than those in the other two cities were often unsigned or at most signed using an ink brush.