Japanese Tree Bark Cloisonne’ Vase

Japanese Jiki-shippo Tree Bark Cloisonne’ Porcelain Vase

Age:19th Century

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 10-1/2”h x 4-1/4”dia.          

This bulbous vase with elongated neck simulates the rough natural tree surface and 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 in color to make 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. Enamels of different colors are applied to fill the cloisonné or hollows as shown.

Vintage Condition: Excellent with unusual painted detail work giving depth to the finish. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted.         

NOTE: 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. “Tree-barkcloisonne’ is relatively fragile due to the delicate surfacing technique which will sometimes chip or crack around the edges because of the porcelain base. Most Jiki-shippo cloisonne’ ware were not signed or marked by the artist or studio.