Japanese Cloisonné Enamel Vases

Exceptional Pair of Meiji Japanese Cloisonné Enamel Vases

$180.00 Regular price $250.00

Age:1912 (Meiji Period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 4-¾”h.          

A fine, unusual pair of early (Meiji period) vases in ‘standard cloisonne’, (yusen jippo), each decorated with six panels of flowers and butterflies. The vases are typical ovoid forms in muted base colors of black, brown, ochre, and light and dark blue, with small touches of pink, green, yellow, red, white, and highlighted with ‘tea-gold stone’, (chakin-seki).                                                 

Vintage Condition: Excellent with the inlay completely intact. “As is”, and both pieces have retained the original craft/workmanship with no wear or damage to either piece. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: Cloisonné is a term used to describe enamelware in which wires are attached to the basic shape by soldering, and then the various color enamels are applied between the wires, fired, and then finally polished. A collector should note that the popularity of cloisonné as a whole slumped early in the Taisho era, (1912-1926), and again in 2008. Since dealer prices have been reduced by around 50%, it would be a good time to purchase for the investment will again be realized in the near future when appreciation of the workmanship and popularity returns.