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Japanese Cloisonné Vase with Autumn Leaves

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Japanese Cloisonné Vase with Autumn Leaves, c. 1895
Enamel on Copper
15 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. x 6 1/2 in. (39.37 cm x 16.51 cm x 16.51 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Hammering (metal)
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.24


Commentary
This wireless cloisonné vase stands in technical excellence. While silver wire bounded the individual fields of color early in the process of enameling the vase, the wire was carefully removed using a process pioneered in Nagoya. Perhaps because of the absence of wire, which would demarcate the fields of color, there exists an electrifying tension between the leaves and morning glories depicted against the royal blue background. As if this tension was not electrifying enough, the composition is further brought to life by the remarkable luminosity of the whitest pools of color and appear as though a light source is shining out from within. Doubtless, this work demonstrates the extraordinary skill and craftsmanship possessed by these talented Meiji cloisonné artisans.

Lance Bird (student, 2016)

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a copper base.

Object Description
Tall Japanese vase with a slight indentation in the shoulder area. The vase is decorated with a pattern of early autumn leaves and blue morning glories executed in multicolored enamels on a dark royal blue field. There are no cloison wires used with the enamel.

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