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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, cloisonné enamel

  • Museum number:

    4364-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The heavy porcelain body of this vase is decorated with cloisonné enamel. The abstract floral and geometric motifs on a blue enamel ground with small stylised cloud patterns are picked out in brass wire. The labels identify the dealers and previous collections to which the vase belonged.

The Nagoya-based cloisonné artist Tsukamoto Kaisuke (1828-1887) is generally credited with discovering how to apply cloisonné enamels to a ceramic vessel around 1868. However, this was a relatively short-lived innovation and was never very popular. This was probably because enamels on porcelain tended to look dull and dirty and were liable to crack. Nevertheless, some fine and durable examples were produced, like this piece.

Physical description

Porcelain bottle decorated with cloisonné enamels

Place of Origin

Nagoya (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1870-1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, cloisonné enamel

Dimensions

Height: 17.2 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, Japan, Nagoya, porcelain, cloisonne

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Cloisonné

Categories

Vases

Collection

East Asia Collection

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