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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Pair of Japanese Cloisonné Black Ground Vases with Pink Chrysanthemum Decoration, early 20th c.
Enamel on Copper
9 1/2 in. x 4 in. x 4 in. (24.13 cm x 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm)

Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Pamela Routh
Accession Number: 2002.9.25 a, b

There are two labels on the bottom of vase "a", which read: "6-30/Y" and "231Y/IYA/32-5/12-7-64." Vase "b" has three labels, which read: "F-1," "6-30/X," and "231X/ILA/32-5/12-7-64."

Multicolored enamels on a black enamel ground, on a cast copper base with gilded upper lip.

Object Description
Pair of Japanese cloisonné vases with large pink and small white chrysanthemums against a black ground. A row of circular geometric motifs delineated in thin wires runs under the rim. A double row of semi-circles in brick-red and grey-pink enamels runs along the base. The opaque colored enamels do not completely fill the cloisons, revealing the black under-glaze. The vases are squared off on the sides, but taper to a circular base and opening with applied gilded rim and base-plate. The interior of the base-plate is colored with a speckled-blue enamel. The interior of each vase is coated in spring-green and blue counter-enamel. The mirror-black enamel ground was developed by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) in collaboration with the German chemist Gottfried Wagener (1831-1892) in 1878.

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