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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1875

  • Materials and Techniques:

    cloisonné enamelling

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased by the Edwin Davies Fund

  • Museum number:

    FE.109-2013

  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 4

Cloisonné enamelling relies on the use of fine wires to create designs on the surface of an object. Coloured glass paste is applied inside the wires. The piece is then fired in a kiln and polished, and the process repeated until a smooth surface is achieved. The gilded wires and combination of coloured and transparent enamels on this vase are typical of the early work of Namikawa Yasuyuki.

Physical description

Cylindrical vase in cloisonné enamelling on a copper body with gilded brass wires. The neck rim has a floral pattern on a narrow black border; near the base a floral pattern on a wide black border. Body decorated with chrysanthemum, iris, prunus and rock on a transparent enamel which allows the copper body to be seen.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1875

Materials and Techniques

cloisonné enamelling

Dimensions

Diameter: 68 mm, Height: 152 mm

Descriptive line

Vase, cloisonné enamel on copper with gilded brass wires; decoration of chrysanthemum, iris and prunus on a transparent enamel background which permits the copper body to be seen; decorative borders of karakusa (Chinese grasses). Japan, probably made by Namikawa Yasuyuki, ca.1875.

Labels and date

Vase
About 1875

Cloisonné enamelling relies on the use of fine wires to create designs on the surface of an object. Coloured glass paste is applied inside the wires. The piece is then fired in a kiln and polished, and the process repeated until a smooth surface is achieved. The gilded wires and combination of coloured and transparent enamels on this vase are typical of the early work of Namikawa Yasuyuki.

Probably Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845–1927)
Kyoto
Copper with cloisonné enamels
Edwin Davies Fund
Museum no. FE.109-2013
[04/11/2015]

Categories

Metalwork; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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