This striking vase was made by the renowned Ando workshop, founded in Nagoya, Japan by craftsman Ando Jubei in 1881. A gifted artist, Ando specialized in working with enamel and utilized medieval techniques including basse-taille, also known as ginbari, in which artisans engrave or chase a low-relief pattern in metal. The metal is then covered with translucent enamel, enabling light to reflect from the relief pattern beneath it and creating a shimmering effect. Ando also worked in innovative ways with cloisonné, another ancient art form in which opaque enamels are applied to items and then outlined in brass and silver wires.
The artisan who decorated this large Ando vase used both basse-taille and cloisonné techniques to stunning effect. As seen in the accompanying photos, the vase has a high-shouldered ovoid form which has been finished in a ruby red color known as pigeon blood or akasuke. The front of the piece features a colorful profusion of cloisonné flowers, including a large spray of plum blossoms and small white buds on long thin silvery-grey branches. The vase also has two large rose colored peonies along with a daffodil and what appear to be four daisy chrysanthemums, all of which are set on green foliage. The foot and lip of the vase are rimmed in nickel silver bands.
The vase is in good condition with no cracks or repairs. As a vintage item, the piece does show minor signs of use including wear to the underside of the metal band which runs around the foot. It should also be noted that there is a small scuff that is rough to the touch located on the shoulder of the back of the vase as well as a production related mark beneath the enamel which appears as a thin line. This line and the scuff are best seen in photo 4. The vase stands just under 12.5" tall and measures 4 1/8" across the mouth. The foot is 4" in diameter and its corresponding silvered metal band bears the stamped “Maltese Cross” variation of the Ando mark. The vase is a substantial item and weighs in at 4lbs 6oz.
This elegant vase displays beautifully and looks great on its own or holding a flower arrangement. A great vintage find sure to be a decorative focal point wherever it is displayed.
Vintage Japanese Ando Cloisonné Enamel and Embossed Foil (Ginbari) Vase