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An early Japanese Plique-a-jour bowl from Nagoya

Origin Japan
Period 1900-1919
Materials enamel and metal
H. 2 in; Diam. 3.8 in;
H. 5.08 cm; Diam. 9.65 cm;
Condition Good. with age patina and minor wear, small nicks on two of the metal feet, not conspicuous.
Creation Date early 20th century
Description A small but exquisite plique-a-jour cloisonne bowl from Nagoya area in Japan dated to 1900-20s. Maker's unknown but possibly by Ando company. Very similar pieces can be found in the collection of V&A museum (reference number FE.12-2011 and FE.13-2011) and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (1990.S). The design on this bowl features roses, day lily, peony and chrysanthemum in foliage. Under the light, it irradiates a translucent beauty that is hard to describe. With silver color metal ring and three feet (not marked as silver), the bowl has a heavier construction suggesting its earler age compared to the other two Plique-a-jour pieces we have on offer.

Plique-a-jour was reputedly introduced and further developed in Japan by Ando Jubei (1876-1953) and Kawade Shibatarō (1856–1921), after he saw a French piece in Paris exposition around 1900s. It is known as shotai-jippo, meaning cloisonne without backing (whereby the metal body was dissolved after firing and polishing). The technique is notoriously difficult and labor-intense. It was rarely used to make large piece as the surface tension tends to break the enamel.
Styles / Movements Asian, Cloisonné, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 311592
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