It is about 3-1/2 ins. (8.9 cm) H with cover x 5 ins. (12.7 cm) max. W, cover about 3-1/2 ins. (8.9 cm) diameter. Although not tested, wires and the cover appear to be silver; both rims are brass, body fully enameled interior and base. A fairly heavy piece. Rather than merely a decorated vase, this fine art work is a re-creation of a garden pond, with three silver-gray goldfish actively swimming (not just posed), making foamy ripples in the blue water. There are three butterflies above, shown on the cover. To complete the scene, inside and base of reddish-brown enamel represent the earth beneath. All details are remarkably fine, with subtle tones and shading of the fish scales in each enamel cell; with wires appropriately varying in thickness. Regrettably, my photos cannot possibly do justice to this fine piece. The silver cover is a grand little art work in itself. The butterflies are deeply incised or engraved in excellent detail. Two are shown in sunlight, the third one is cut-out showing it is beneath the larger and in shade. Underneath of cover is of a blackish tone. Top cover surface is a light tone as well. Namikawa Yasuyuki was well experienced in engraved silver work. He was one of the very few experts Imperially commissioned to make silver award medals. They were of high quality and unsigned. Thus the unique cover, which is unlike any I have ever seen on a cloisonne piece. It is well established that Namikawa Yasuyuki often did not sign his art works in the conventional manner. Indeed, some of his finest pieces are not so marked. In her published journal of a visit to Japan, Eliza Skidmore wrote Curiously enough, this great artist uses no mark nor sign-manual. ” Quoting Namikawa Yasuyuki she added “If my work will not declare itself to be mine, then the marking will do no good Ref. 1 comments Namikawa’s work was already’signed’ with the unique style and quality incorporated into the piece by its maker. An article by Rudyard Kipling, the noted English writer, about his visit to the Master’s studio, described by Ref. 1: “The article mentions butterflies several times — indeed the butterfly, appearing somewhere on a piece, is one of the marks of this master’s works”. Namikawa Yasuyuki did sign some of his cloisonne works. The most reliable mark was in enamel on the piece itself. 2 has found, the most unreliable are the engraved metal plaques attached underneath a piece. Such forged signatures of Namikawa Yasuyuki are to be found on cloisonne works. How many and which ones will probably never be discovered. 2 has a full-page photo of a covered jar with its spurious “Kyoto Namikawa” plaque. The piece is now attributed to Shibata or? Provenance of the piece on offer here: I bought this covered jar, February 13, 1989, from Warren Imports, Ltd. Laguna Beach and Palm Springs, California, Have kept it under glass all these 30 years. Warren Imports was a most prestigious Asian art and antiques shop in Southern California. The owner from 1940s to shop closure in 2006 was Harry Lawrence. He traveled extensively to Eastern Asia, mostly China and Japan, 55 times during those years, to find the finest art works, such as the one here, for his shop. Namikawa Yasuyuki, the great cloisonne Master, daily most enjoyed the serenity of his garden, pond with fish, and butterflies. This fine and most appealing covered potpourri has them all! CONDITION — Excellent: No chips, cracks, hairlines, dents, or signs of restoration. There are a few of the expected minute enamel pits, only 1 or 2 visible without magnification; wires have some tarnish or wear. Wear from age is minimal, if any. History, Technique, and Appreciation. Cobden and Dorothy C. NY & Tokyo, Weatherhill, 1982. The Art of Japanese Cloisonne Enamel. History, Technique and Artists, 1600 to the Present. Jefferson, NC & London, McFarland, 2010. QUERIES — Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. The item “3 DAYS – RARE NAMIKAWA YASUYUKI ATTR JAPANESE MEIJI CLOISONNE COVERED JAR VASE” is in sale since Monday, August 19, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Vases”. The seller is “3waves” and is located in United States. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia, South africa, New Zealand, Egypt.
- Featured Refinements: Japanese Cloisonne Vase
- Region of Origin: Japan
- Age: 1850-1899
- Primary Material: Cloisonne
- Maker: Namikawa Yasuyuki attr.
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Color: Blue