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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (made)

  • Date:

    c.1920-40 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cloisonné enamel bowl decorated with cherry blossom in shottai-jippo (a technique whereby the metal body is dissolved after firing) together with applied chrome-plated rims and base-plates. The blossoms are formed through both <i>yusen</i> (with wires) and <i>shosen</i> (few wires) techniques.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edwin Davies

  • Museum number:

    FE.24:1, 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These shotai-jippo vases have applied chrome-plated rims and base plates. The left-hand vase has a design of cherry-blossom (sakura), symbolic of spring, in silver yusen and shosen enamels. The centres of the blossoms are translucent yellow enamel while the petals are translucent white. The ground is of opaque pink enamel. There is a small band of circular silver yusen shapes under the rim, and a small band of semicircular silver yusen geometric shapes above the base. The right-hand vase has a design of plum-blossom (ume no hana), symbolic of the end of winter, in silver yusen and shosen enamels identical in colour and technique to the cherry-blossom on the left-hand vase. The ground on this piece is of an opaque mottled blue enamel. There is a similar silver yusen pattern around the rim of this vase. Both vessels are quite heavy for their size as the enamels have been applied thickly. Placed together the two vases poetically evoke the changing of the seasons.

This description refers to FE.24-2011 and FE.25-2001

Physical description

Cloisonné enamel bowl decorated with cherry blossom in shottai-jippo (a technique whereby the metal body is dissolved after firing) together with applied chrome-plated rims and base-plates.

Place of Origin

Nagoya (made)

Date

c.1920-40 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cloisonné enamel bowl decorated with cherry blossom in shottai-jippo (a technique whereby the metal body is dissolved after firing) together with applied chrome-plated rims and base-plates. The blossoms are formed through both yusen (with wires) and shosen (few wires) techniques.

Dimensions

Height: 13 cm, Width: 9 cm

Descriptive line

Cloisonné enamel bowl decorated with plum blossom, unsigned, Nagoya, Japan, c.1920-40.

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

Irvine, Gregory. Japanese Cloisonné. (London:V&A Publications, 2006), p. 66
Japanese Cloisonne

Materials

Chrome; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Vases; Containers; Metalwork

Collection

East Asia Collection

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