Arts and Crafts period hammered copper box, signed by Ando. This box has moriaga / moriage enamel on the top. The enamel is built up layer by layer until it is 3 dimensional. This is signed by the cloisonne studio Ando. During the arts and crafts design era the Japanese cloisonne artists turned their skills toward this style. It takes great skill to contain the flow of glass enamel without traditional cloisonne' wires. This box is made of hand hammered and textured copper, with a dark bronze patina. The corners are folded and riveted, in a manner of construction like Roycroft. The interior has it's original fabric. Size is 5.5 by 3.5 inches, by 1.5 inch deep. Condition is perfect. Enamel is absolutely perfect. No cracking, no scratches, no losses. Just normal usage. Corners show a tiny bit of patina wear, but not much. This is a textbook example of the flexibility of cloisonne' artists in mid 20th century Japan. They embraced the arts and crafts period sensibility perfectly.
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Japanese Arts and Crafts Period Copper Box Ando Enamel