This Japanese vintage Shippo-yaki 安藤七宝店 or cloisonne plate was made by one of the most famous cloisonne companies, Ando Shippo Company. They have been in business since the 19th century, see the history below. This plate is still in its original box with its original tag and is about 30 years old. It is a beautiful piece and very unusual, with enameled pink what might be hibiscus painted on a black cloisonne metal background. The bottom has the usual cloissone green. It is a heavy piece and a large plate. This would be an attention getter in any room. In excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions.
Size: Diameter 9.55 inches or 24.5 cm, Height 1.28 inches or 3.3 cm, Weight 1035 grams or 2.28 lbs
The Ando Shippo-yaki Company
As of 1918, at least fifty cloisonné artists worked there. On the Wiki page, one will see there are at least 12 types of cloisonne and their names.
Ando Shippo-yaki Company 安藤七宝店 is a Japanese cloisonné making company located in Sakae, Nagoya, central Japan. During the Edo period the Andō family operated a pipe shop called 'Murata-ya'. Andō Jubei Jusaburo 1876-1953 was born in Nagoya as the fourth child; he had three elder sisters. His mother died in May 1877 following an illness, and his father followed in September 1877. Orphaned at less than one year old, he was raised according to his father’s will by staff employers. His older sister married Andō Juzaemon, whose born name was Matsukichi. Together with his brother-in-law they made the cloisonné company a success. In 1893, Andō Juzaemon went to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. It was his first time to travel overseas, and he used the opportunity to study the market. In 1901 Andō Jubei went to the Glasgow International Exhibition, which was his first overseas travel, and he stayed for two years in a British home to study the market.
After they returned back to Japan, they invited Kawade Shibatarō 1856–1921 as head of the studio, who further developed plique-à-jour. Cloisonné experienced strong growth around the time of the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. Japanese enamel work became sought after in the west and sourced many pieces from Toshima, which is the origin of Owari cloisonne.
excerpted from Wikipedia
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