Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This pair of exquisitely intricate, Japanese Cloisonné enamel pieces are dated to c.1900 from the Meiji era (1868-1912) by 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 has been elevated to astounding heights in these pieces when you consider the detailed wired sections are as thin as 1mm in width.
Also present are Takahara's signature design characteristics despite being unsigned; most notably the floral patterns and the 'Takara-mono' (tr. 'treasured items') featured in the roundels. Further indications of Takahara's style can be seen in the band of dotted red circlets brocading the foot and rim of the vases. From delicate sprigs of Sakura Cherry Blossom to Chrysanthemums, Anemones and Wisteria, the Cloisonné flourishes with elements of jewel-coloured enamel in a joyful celebration of flora in bloom.
The exceptional skill in delicately applying the cloisonne in such a diminutive size is a true wonder and the condition of the enamel décor make these pieces a rare find. Not only did Takahara's Cloisonné skill contend with creating the enamel art in minute detail, but it was also applied to the curving and faceted forms. These fantastic works of art would make a superbly decorative and highly collectable art feature.
Good. There is surface bruising with traces of enamel loss, minor impressions to the rim and base, as well as some natural enamel pitting that is commensurable with age, please see the photos as part of the condition report.
Height: c. 4.7" / 12 cm by c. 2.2" / 5.6 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.4" / 3.5 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.0" / 2.5 cm. Unpackaged weight [pair]: c. 0.2 kg / 165 g
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 is fired multiple times to realise the colours.