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Japanese cloisonne (cloisonné) teapot
This little beauty glows like a gem in the light. A large portion of the body is made by embedding tiny flakes of foil in translucent purple enamel. This technique was developed in the early 1900s to create this jewel-like appearance. The border around the shoulder is made up of green and glittering goldstone. Butterflies fly freely among little flower blossoms. Deep royal blue is used around the bottom and top, while green, turquoise-blue and rust-red dots are used as borders.
The base metal is bronze. The shape is elegant and balanced. The base and the inside of both lid and teapot are enameled in turquoise-blue.
SIZE: This teapot measures 4" to the top of the finial. From edge of handle to spout tip it measures about 4 1/2", and diameter of the pot itself at the shoulder (widest part) is about 3 5/8".
CONDITION: Considering that this little teapot is at least 100 years old, it is in very good condition. The finial wobbles; it could possibly be tightened although we prefer not to do that for fear of damaging enamel. We see a fine enamel crack below where the top part of the handle connects to the pot. A narrow, 5/8" section of enamel is missing where the spout joins the pot. Otherwise, we see no damage or missing enamel. The colors are bright and beautiful.
This is a lovely example of early Japanese cloisonné in a beautiful and desirable shape. Well worth adding to – or starting – a cloisonné or teapot collection!
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