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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Nagoya (made)

  • Date:

    c.1926-89 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    This vase is in <i>shottai-jippo</i> (a technique whereby the metal body is dissolved after firing) together with applied chrome-plated rims and base-plates. The leaves are formed through both <i>yusen</i> (with wires) and <i>shosen</i> (few wires) techniques.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edwin Davies

  • Museum number:

    FE.27:1, 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    These two shotai-jippo vases have applied chrome-plated rims and base plates. The left-hand vase has a silver yusen and shosen design of maple leaves (momiji) in shaded red and green enamels on a translucent green enamel ground. The right-hand vase has a silver yusen and shosen design of cherry-blossom (sakura) in shades of pink, yellow and green enamels on a translucent pink enamel ground. Both vases have silver yusen geometric patterns around their rims and bases. As a pair, they bring to mind the changing of the seasons, momiji and sakura being the classic signifiers, respectively, of autumn and spring. Very similar pieces were still being produced in Nagoya and sold through the Inaba Company of Kyoto until the late 1990s (and illustrated in brochures of that period).

    This description refers to FE.26-2011 and FE.27-2011

  • Physical description

    Cloisonné enamel bowl decorated with maple leaves, in shottai-jippo (a technique whereby the metal body is dissolved after firing) together with applied chrome-plated rims and base-plates.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 9 cm, Width: 8 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Cloisonné enamel bowl decorated with maple leaves, unsigned, Nagoya, Japan, c.1926-89.

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

    Irvine, Gregory. Japanese Cloisonné. (London:V&A Publications, 2006), p.67
    Japanese Cloisonne
    Irvine, Gregory. Japanese Cloisonné Enamels. (London: V&A Publishing, 2011). pl. 50.
    Japanese Cloisonne Enamels

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection