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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (made)

  • Date:

    c.1912-1916 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hayashi Tanigoro (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    This cloisonne vase has a copper body with an applied silver rim and silver-base plate. The wagtails are in black, grey, white and yellow enamels in gold yusen(with wires technique) and the pine is in shades of green and brown using the yusen and shosen (few wires) techniques.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edwin Davies

  • Museum number:

    FE.8:1 to 3-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The copper body of each of these two vases has a separately applied silver rim and silver base plate. Although not actually a pair, these two vases are variations of the same design. Each is decorated with stylised birds, probably a type of wagtail, in gold yusen with black, grey, white and yellow enamels on a dull green ground. The birds stand beside budding pine boughs rendered in shades of green and brown yusen and shosen enamels. The decorative theme of the vases is that of shochikubai ('Three Friends of Winter' - plum blossom, pine and bamboo): the pine branches are complemented by plum blossoms just under the rim and stylised bamboo leaves just above and around the base. The Three Friends of Winter have long been regarded as symbols of hope and good fortune: bamboo and pine stay green throughout the winter while the plum is the first tree to flower in the spring, thereby signalling the coming end of winter. The inner bases of the vases contain a seal with the two-character mark Hayashi Tani[goro] in gold yusen filled with black enamel.

Physical description

Cloisonné vase decorated with two wagtails under a budding pine. This vase has a copper body with an applied silver rim and silver-base plate.

Place of Origin

Nagoya (made)

Date

c.1912-1916 (made)

Artist/maker

Hayashi Tanigoro (artist)

Materials and Techniques

This cloisonne vase has a copper body with an applied silver rim and silver-base plate. The wagtails are in black, grey, white and yellow enamels in gold yusen(with wires technique) and the pine is in shades of green and brown using the yusen and shosen (few wires) techniques.

Marks and inscriptions

Mark of Hayashi Tanigoro

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Width: 12 cm

Descriptive line

Cloisonné enamel vase with decoration of birds, mark of Hayashi Tanigoro, Nagoya, Japan, c.1912-16.

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

Irvine, Gregory. Japanese Cloisonné. (London:V&A Publications, 2006), p. 48
Japanese cloisonne

Materials

Silver; Copper; Cloisonne enamel

Techniques

Enamelling

Categories

Vases; Containers; Metalwork

Collection

East Asia Collection

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