This bold and stunningly colored Japanese Champleve vase an antique "Cabinet Miniature". They were beautifully made presentation gift pieces for the "upper class". Perfectly sized for use in a dollhouse collection or as a focal display piece. The delicacy of work, the fine enameling craftsmanship of this lovely Champleve vase is obvious. It is in excellent condition, obviously treasured and cared for as they can be easily damaged. The miniature vase dates late 19th to early 20th century and is marked with a simple red lozenge as pictured. The design appears to be an armorial (family crest) banner. The Champleve miniature vase measures 4.75" high and approximately 2.75 diameter at the widest point tapering to a small vase. Gorgeous, the vase is from a lifetime personal collection of an antique dealer in Oregon.
Champlevé, is a decorative metal technique where metal is etched or hollowed out and then filled with enamel and then fired in a kiln. The two techniques can often be confused. Cloisonné is a different decorative metal technique where metal wire is attached to an object like a vase, with the wire forming an outline of a design. The outlines are then filled enamel and fired. The object is then sanded down and polished to create a very different look and feel from Champleve.