Meiji Period, dating pre 1900, Circa 1880s, this elegant Cloisonne' tall vase is exquisite. The rich pigeon blood depth and color is achieved by a technique called Akasuke which is a stippled foil ground for the translucent enameling. Gorgeous and complex in motif, this vase has a burnished silver body and silver Cloisonné wiring. The base is not enameled as is characteristic of pre-1900 Japanese cloisonne, it has very small circle dot borders under the rim and at the base.
The smaller the dots, the more fine the piece; this vase also has the characteristic tiny dots with the slight overflow of enamel that is seen on antique hand enameled cloisonne pieces. It is a large vase, 18" in height approx 8-8.5" at the shoulders.
The beautiful elaborately detailed Japanese Chrysanthemums are accented with pristine lilies, posies and richly colored leaves. The metal rim protecting the outside of the vase extends down into the interior part of the vase for stability and protection of the enameling. It is really a fine quality example of this 19th century technique that was developed in the 1880s. This Akasuke 19th century cloisonné technique is not to be confused with the 20th century Ginbari enameling
The vase is in very good condition but has one pip point which has some crazing as pictured and a thin line in the leaves that shows tiny losses of the transparent enameling as pictured. There are age lines in the enamel, not damage, typical of this age of Akasuke enameling.. I have taken as many photos as allowed and have more if needed. This is a very scarce and lovely large Akusuke enameled pigeon blood red vase beautifully decorated with rich flowers.
Cloisonne Vase Pigeon Blood Japanese Meiji Akasuke
$238 $475 SALE
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