Here is a very rare variation of Japanese cloisonné known as the Raised Foreground Technique. In this unusual technique, the metal foundation is applied with precise, uniformly and tightly set cloison wires. The tightly set background cloisons utilize a fine thickness of wire, nearly the thickness of human hair. The artist then applies the wires that form the design ON TOP of this enameled foundation! The design which is outlined in the ribbon-like wire becomes higher than the level of the background enameled surface.
The amazing and beautiful result is that the iris blossoms and slender leaves literally jump from the background. The Raised Foreground vase is in excellent antique condition without any major cracks, chips, areas of loss or restoration. In over 30 years of focused collecting, I have personally only encountered a handful of this wonderful technique, and all of the examples, except for one unsigned piece, have been marked by Hayashi Hachizaemon on the base of the vase.As you can image, the Raised Foreground technique exposes the designs border walls and is extremely fragile and susceptible to damage so relatively very few examples appear to have survived over the years. The height of this vase is approximately 4.25 inches. The width of this vase isapproximately 1.75 inches. Overall, a clean, vibrant and finely executed vase in the Raised Foreground technique in excellent antique condition.
This technique is described on pages 50 through 51, in Chapter 7, "Japanese Cloisonne Enamels; A Private Collector's Notes and Reference Guide, " by Gary Yoshino. As Japanese cloisonné enamel is veryfragile, we will double box and pack this item with extreme care.
The item "Extremely Rare Raised Foreground Japanese Cloisonne Vase by Hayashi Hachizaemon" is in sale since Wednesday, July 22, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Vases". The seller is "gyassociates" and is located in Carlsbad, California. This item can be shipped to United States.