Japanese Mixed Metal Bronze Vase with Butterflies and Flowers Japanese Mixed Metal Bronze Vase with Butterflies and Flowers

Japanese Antique Bronze Vase

Japanese Mixed Metal Bronze Vase with Butterflies and Flowers

$225.00

Age:1926 (Meiji period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 7-1/4”h

Shown is an inlaid bronze vase inlaid on an elongated ovoid form and set on a ring foot and with a flaring mouth in polished bronze. It is decorated on the body with a scene of flowers and butterflies, which has etched detailing of each element in silver, all rendered in iroe, takazogan, hirazogan and shishiaibori.

Vintage Condition: Very good, with excellent detailing, and for a small vase it quite heavy, with the inlay all intact, with minimal tonal variations and oxidation. “As is” with some minor light wear to the metal surface that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, surface wear, or structural damage is noted. 

NOTE: After Japan opened its doors to the west at the end of the Meiji Restoration, (1920), and with the introduction of the Dutch East Indian Trading Company, foreigners were greatly attracted by the intricate, sumptuous beauty of Japanese metal inlay. Whereas in the past, the craftsmen had applied their techniques to sword guards, they now applied them to accessories and personal effects. The most favored designs featured natural flora and fauna, landscapes, images of bamboo, and Cherry Blossoms.