This exquisitely intricate Cloisonné enamel piece is dated to c.1900 from the Japanese Meiji era (1868-1912 ) Takahara Komajiro 高原駒次郎 of Kyoto.
Takahara is referenced as the most well-known and consistent maker of Kyoto-Jippo (tr. 'Cloisonné') wares, founding a workshop in 1894. The Cloisonné technique is revered for using thin wire or metal to contain different coloured enamels. The technique in this piece is elevated to astounding heights when you consider the detailed wired sections of this piece is as small as 1-2mm in width.
This particular piece bears Takahara's design characteristics despite being unsigned; notably within the floral patterns and colour palette of the Red and White Chrysanthemum, Wisteria and Moutan Peonies. Takahara's traits also appear in the exceptionally fine wire gilding and the overlapping green scales edged in the band of dotted red circlets brocading the foot of the vase.
The 4-paneled, gently geometrically square form of this piece and its size makes this piece a particularly rare find. Not only did the Cloisonné skill have to contend with creating the enamel art in minute detail, but it was also applied to a curving form. This excellent work of art makes for a superbly decorative and highly collectable art feature.
Good. There is one area of depression on the Wisteria panel that measures c. 4 x 1.5 cm and has resulted in some minor enamel loss, however, this damage does not greatly affect the presentation. Beyond this, there is natural wear to the enamel of the vase that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report.
Height: c. 10.8" / 27.5 cm by c. 4.7" / 12 cm width (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2" / 5.1 cm. Rim diameter: c. 2.3" / 5.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 445 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Japanese Cloisonne enamelware is a technique introduced to Japan around the Tokugawa period during the 16th century.
Cloisonne or 'Cloisonné' are metalwork objects with decoration that is applied by creating separating sections using wire or thin metal. The sections are filled with different coloured enamels to create a visual image or pattern and the whole piece be fired multiple times to realise the colours.