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Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910-1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cloisonné enamels with silver rims

  • Museum number:

    M.206-1917

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This small vase has been beautifully made and decorated. The finish is an enamelling technique known in the West as plique-à-jour (Japanese: ‘shotai-jippo’).

The Japanese plique-à-jour technique differs in some significant respects from that in the West. In ‘shotai-jippo’ the copper body is prepared as if for cloisonné enamelling but, importantly, the interior is not enamelled. Once the piece has been completed, clear lacquer is applied to its polished exterior. This protects it from the acid that is then used to dissolve the copper body. The result is an object, usually rather fragile, that consists of semi-transparent panels of enamel held together by a pattern of fine wires. This vase has an applied silver rim and base plate.

Physical description

Squat vase in translucent cloisonné enamels

Place of Origin

Nagoya (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1910-1920 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cloisonné enamels with silver rims

Dimensions

Height: 6.2 cm, Diameter: 9.7 cm

Descriptive line

Met, Japan, VESS/CONT/HOLDERS, CLOISONNE

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Cloisonné; Plique-a-jour

Categories

Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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