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  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (made)

  • Date:

    c.1920-40 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ando Company (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cloisonné enamel vase with the mark of the Ando Company. The thistle deign is in <i>yusen</i> (with wires technique) and <i>moriage</i> (layers of enamel in relief ).

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edwin Davies

  • Museum number:

    FE.36:1 to 3-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The copper body of the vase has an applied silver rim and a silver base plate with the jungin mark. The matt brown ground is decorated with a stylised silver yusen and moriage arrangement of scrolling thistles and leaves in shades of brown, purple and white enamel. The interior has a matt-green counter-enamel, which is also applied to the interior of the base plate. This has been inlaid with the gold yusen mark of the Ando Company. Ando cloisonné is often extremely difficult to date, compounded by the fact that the Company's records are rather sparse. The style of the decoration, which has a rather Art Deco feeling to it, suggests a date from the period 1920-40. However, since this style of decoration continued to be used until at least the 1960s, a later date cannot be ruled out.

Physical description

Cloisonné enamel vase with a scrolling thistle design. This dish has a copper body with an applied silver rim and silver base plate.

Place of Origin

Nagoya (made)


c.1920-40 (made)


Ando Company (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Cloisonné enamel vase with the mark of the Ando Company. The thistle deign is in yusen (with wires technique) and moriage (layers of enamel in relief ).

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of the Ando Company


Height: 18 cm, Width: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Cloisonné enamel vase with a scrolling thistle design, mark of the Ando Company, Nagoya, Japan, c.1920-40.

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

Irvine, Gregory. Japanese Cloisonné. (London:V&A Publications, 2006), p. 78
Japanese Cloisonne


Copper; Silver; Cloisonne enamel




Metalwork; Vases; Containers


East Asia Collection

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