Antique cloisonne' in the openwork technique. This was hand made in Japan in 1890's. The form is a covered tea jar, potpourri or ginger jar. It has a tight fitting lid, and a decorative cover over that. The technique is the same as Russian enamel of the same period. Twisted wire cells contain the fired enamel. In fact, the primary colors look like Russian enamel style. There are non-twisted wire cloisons covering the open sections. The enamel is high fired, giving the enamel a textured effect. This piece is the size of a tea caddy. Height 4.25 inches. Condition is great, for an antique piece. Completely perfect on the exterior. There is a little loss of enamel on the inside of the lid (see photo). This does not translate to the outside at all. No dents, no loss of enamel. Three different design elements make the pattern really interesting. Nice old, dark patina. Every cloisonne' collection should include a piece of openwork. It is not easy to find such a quality piece of this technique.
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Japanese Cloisonne' Openwork Ginger Jar