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Kawade Shibataro, Japanese, (1856–c. 1921)
Cloisonne Vase, c 1910
Enamel on Metal
12 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (31.75 cm x 24.13 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonnè
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of R. Scott and Lannette Turicchi. Art objects from the Anthony and Patricia Ghosn Family Collection.
Accession Number: 2011.16.7


Commentary
This spectacular cloisonné vase was made by the artist Kawade Shibataro (1856-c.1921), one of the major cloisonné artists of the turn of the last century. Kawade worked at the Ando cloisonné factory in Nagoya and is known for having innovated several cloisonné techniques. These include moriage, in which enamels are built up beyond the surface wires to add modeling and dimensionality to designs. In this beautiful vase, Kawade completely covered the surface of the vase with a design of white plum blossoms against a dark winter sky. Although the overall palette is black and white, a network of finely textured brown and green branches add depth and structure to the overall composition. The drama and energy of this vase celebrates the hardy plum blossom and its message of hope and light at the darkest time of the year.

- Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections, 2021

Marks
Artist's insignia wired in enamel

Medium
enamel on metal

Object Description
This baluster-shaped vase displays a snowfall of plum blossoms drifting over a dark blue ground, with decorations in sculpted silver wire. The surrealism of the blossoms transitions to realism in the depiction of the tree trunks and branches. Of particular note is the meticulous enameling of shades and colors in the piece. The theme of the work, flowering plum blossoms in cloisonne enamel, was created by Kawade Shibataro, Ando Jubei's top artisan.

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