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Baluster vase with poppies and tree peonies

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cloisonné, shibuichi

  • cloisonné

    Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.

  • shibuichi

    alloy of copper and silver, patinated to a dull grey-green colour


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  • Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912 by Oliver Impey and Joyce Seaman

    Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period

    Baluster vase in silver, shibuichi, and cloisonné enamel. The neck in silver with petal-shapes on the shoulder, the body decorated with tree peonies in relief in cloisonné enamel. Engraved signature on exterior: Hōryūsai Kōichi with gold inlaid kakihan and on the base: Takasaki Seizō.

    Details of the life of Takasaki Kōichi, appear to be unknown; however there exists a groups of vases, usually of bronze and silver, and encrusted with shippō (cloisonné) inlays in which there is a silver neck that either simulates dripping of a liquid over the bronze or fuses into the bronze in a careful pattern, some of which are signed Takasaki Kōichi or Hōryūsai Kōichi (as here), which can all be attributed to Kōichi. In the Paris Exposition of 1900, Takasaki Kōichi exhibited a pair of silver vases decorated with peonies and poppies in cloisonné enamel.

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