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Japanese Cloisonné Plate, c. 1850-1899
Enamel on Bronze
1 3/8 in. x 12 in. x 12 in. (3.49 cm x 30.48 cm x 30.48 cm)
Multicolored enamels on bronze.
Japanese cloisonné plate with decorations of birds, pink and white flowers and butterflies executed in multicolored enamels against a black background. The plate appears to be a product of the "Shippo" (name given to cloisonné, meaning seven treasures) workers of the mid to later 19th century. There is also a multicolored stylized floral border, and the bottom is decorated in turquoise enamel around curling gold cloisons, with glossy turquoise enamel in the foot.
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