Antique Japanese Miniature Cloisonné Trumpet Shaped Vase | Signed Takahara Komajiro
This is a fine early Kyoto-jippo style Cloisonné enamel trumpet-shaped vase with a squat bulbous body and tall flared neck is decorated with an intricate foil blue butterfly and floral polychrome motif on a black ground. This technique is referred to as Ginbari where the foil was first laid down on the body of the vase, and then covered with transparent or translucent enamel. As shown this causes a brilliant shimmering effect. Enameled stylized flowers and simulated foliage create a nice contrast against the black background. The piece is raised on a short-rimmed base. This piece has an unidentified incised stamped on the bottom.
Vintage Condition: Excellent with the inlay all intact. “As is”, and both pieces have retained the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage was 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.