This unusual 19th century Japanese cloisonne bottle form vase has been finished with a high level of detail and features dragons and Phoenix Ho-o birds along with a variety of colorful flowers, all of which are set on a red ground. The long cylindrical neck has a dark blue band at the top which bears two 3-toed dragons who are fighting over a flaming pearl. One dragon has turquoise scales while the other is white with gray cloud-like shapes on its body. The white dragon holds the pearl and has its head turned backwards to bite the tail of the scaly turquoise dragon. The turquoise dragon is poised to snatch the pearl from the white dragon while it is distracted.
The neck is also decorated with 4 dagger shaped pendant cartouches which are located beneath the dragons. Two of the cartouches are white and bear images of Phoenix birds while the other two have a shaded green tint and bear dragons with their green and red bodies tied in large open knots.
The body of the vase is covered with multiple flowers in different shapes and sizes which are executed in shades of blue, purple, yellow, orange, turquoise and white. The blossoms have cornflower blue leaves and are connected to each other with curvilinear turquoise stems which bear light green leaves.
The 7.25" tall vase is in good overall condition and displays beautifully. As an antique, the piece shows signs of age consisting of spider cracks to the enamel. The cracks are difficult to see unless under close inspection and do not extend to the surface of the vase, which is smooth to the touch. The brass at the rim and foot rim have some age related patina while the underside has some areas of verdigris which I have not attempted to remove. The vase is stable but does rock slightly when it first set down on a flat surface. The underside is unsigned but the piece is similar to cloisonne executed by highly regarded artisan Namikawa Yasuyuki.
This elegant cloisonne vase displays beautifully and would be a fantastic addition to an existing collection of antique cloisonne, or works equally well as a stand alone decorative accent. A particularly well decorated example.
Antique 19th Century Japanese Cloisonné Vase Dragon and Phoenix Bird Motif with Flowers