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 are as thin as 1mm in width.
This particular piece bears Takahara's design characteristics despite being unsigned; notably within the floral patterns and 'takara-mono' (tr. 'treasured items') featured in the roundels, the wire gilding and the overlapping green scales edged in the band of dotted red circlets brocading the foot of the vase. From delicate sprigs of Sakura Cherry Blossom to Chrysanthemums, Anemones, Moutan Peoniesand butterflies; the Cloisonné flourishes with elements of glittering jewelled enamel in a joyful celebration of flora in bloom.
The bud vase form with its slender neck, diminutive overall size 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 form. This fantastic work of art would make 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
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.