Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This exquisitely intricate, Japanese Cloisonné enamel piece is 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 hand-applying thin wire or metal and different coloured enamels. The technique has been elevated to astounding heights in this piece 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 green overlapping scales and band of dotted red and black circlets brocading the foot and rim of the vase. From delicate sprigs of Sakura Cherry Blossom to Chrysanthemums, Anemones, Wisteria and even a butterfly, 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 makes this piece 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 thin-stemmed form. This fantastic work of art makes a superbly decorative and highly collectable art feature.
Good. There is a single hairline crack with traces of enamel loss and 2 minute and non-obvious losses to the enamel and natural enamel pitting that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report.
Height: c. 5" / 12.6 cm by c. 3.1" / 8 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.4" / 3.6 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.1" / 2.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.1 kg / 105 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 be fired multiple times to realise the colours.