Antique Japanese set of five cloisonné demo-vases - (item 2106) Cloisonné is a process of decorating metalwork objects with layers of enamel. The decoration is created by first soldering thin metal wires onto the metal base forming closed spaces (called cloisons in French) which would be filled in with glass paste and then fired in a kiln. Afterwards the object would be ground smooth leaving the wires visible in the finished piece. Cloisonné or'shippo' as it is called in Japan was mainly produced for export and this set of five miniature vases was made to demonstrate the process of manufacture. The colour of the final product is dark blue and the vases are decorated with irises.
To Japanese people, the most outstanding properties of the iris are its ability to purify evil energies. Designs with irises appear in many paintings and on kimonos. But the iris is also a popular flower on Japanese cloisonné.
The workmanship om these small vases is very fine but they are not marked. They date from the Meiji period (1868 - 1913) and are in excellent condition. Diameter at its widest point 3 cm. The difference will be reimbursed.
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