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Japanese Cloisonné Mauve Vase with Wisteria

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Cloisonné Mauve Vase with Wisteria, c. 1900-1910
Enamel on Copper
9 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (24.77 cm x 12.07 cm x 12.07 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Douglas and Pamela Routh
Accession Number: 2002.9.101


Marks
There is a label on the bottom of the object, which reads: "314/KK/112/5-12-65." There is also a half-removed blank label and an engraved mark of the Inaba Cloisonne Company.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a yellow mauve enamel ground, over a cast copper base with gilding.

Object Description
Cylindrical form Japanese cloisonné vase with applied gilt rims on the lips and base. Thin wires form a design of wisteria vines colored in blue, red, pink, white and green enamels over a mauve ground. Delicate shading with the enamels creates a painterly, three-dimensional effect. Semi-circular geometric motifs run along the base and circular geometric motifs run under the rim. The counter-enamel on the inside of the lip is the same mauve ground color. There is a hole drilled through the bottom of the vase. The base of the vase is engraved with the mark of the Inaba Cloisonne Company, which was founded in 1886 by Inaba Isshin during the “Golden Age” of Japanese cloisonné.

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