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Stand

Stand

  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (made)

  • Date:

    c.1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cloisonné enamel vase with copper body, applied silver rim and silver base plate. The background and pondweed are formed by <i>musen</i> (no wires technique) while the fantail and black telescope goldfish have bodies formed using translucent <i>tomei-jippo </i>(transparent or translucent enamel through which the base metal can be seen). Their eyes are fashioned through silver <i>yusen </i>(with wires technique) together with <i>ginbari</i>-style foil (a layer of silver foil is covered with enamel) behind them.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edwin Davies

  • Museum number:

    FE.3:1, 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The copper body of the vase has an applied silver rim and silver base plate with the jungin mark. The pale blue enamel ground has an applied decoration of fantail and black telescope goldfish (kuro-demekin) swimming through pondweed. The pondweed and background are formed by shaded musen enamels and the fish are fashioned through the use of silver yusen for the eyes with ginbari-style foil behind them. There is clear and translucent tomei-jippo on parts of the fishes' bodies with some shosen decoration for the tailfins. Highlighting of the body has been achieved by light hammering (nanako) of the copper surface. The counter-enamel is of a matt green colour. The subtly applied and graded colours of the ground give the impression of the watery depths from which the fish emerge. See Coben & Ferster Plate 156 for a similarly decorated vase by Gonda Hirosuke, c.1935.

Physical description

Cloisonné enamel vase decorated with a fantail and black telescope goldfish. The vase has a copper body, applied silver rim and silver base plate.

Place of Origin

Nagoya (made)

Date

c.1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cloisonné enamel vase with copper body, applied silver rim and silver base plate. The background and pondweed are formed by musen (no wires technique) while the fantail and black telescope goldfish have bodies formed using translucent tomei-jippo (transparent or translucent enamel through which the base metal can be seen). Their eyes are fashioned through silver yusen (with wires technique) together with ginbari-style foil (a layer of silver foil is covered with enamel) behind them.

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Cloisonné enamel vase decorated with fish, unsigned, Nagoya, Japan, c.1920

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Irvine, Gregory. Japanese Cloisonné. (London:V&A Publications, 2006), p. 41.
Japanese Cloisonne

Materials

Copper; Silver; Cloisonne enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Vases; Containers; Metalwork

Collection

East Asia Collection

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