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A Gift From Empress Dowager Shouken Cloisonne Vase

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19 Nikaido, Kamakura City
Kanagawa Pref. 248-0002 JAPAN

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A Gift From Empress Dowager Shouken Cloisonne Vase
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Dating from Meiji period.
This is a gift from Empress Shouken(1850-1914) when a former owner visited to the Imperial Palace on Meiji 42 November 7.

It stated with a serial number proving to be sure this article having been a possession article of Imperial Palace on the kiri-box and the decoration stand.
There is no sign of maker name or artist name because this item is a article for Imperial Family.
However, it is one of the great achievements of the master craftspeople of Meiji period.

A delicate and beautiful design that reminds one of the Namikawa Yasuyuki which is a maestro of the cloisonne with wires(Yusen Shippo).
Meiji Emperor personally supported the craftsmen by buying their exhibits in the domestic exhibitions.
Possibly, it is one in the article in which this article was also made such and the Emperor collected it.

Moreover, in 1896, Namikawa was designated an artist under the patronage of the Imperial household(teishitsu gigei in).
The only place in Japan his works could be found were his own workshop, and the majority of the few pieces that turn up in Japan were gifts presented by Emperor Meiji to Japanese subjects.
In Meiji Era, since the imperial family had contributed greatly with development of Japanese fine arts, an imperial family's collection is a treasury of the beautiful Meiji fine arts of Japan.

This elegant cloisonne vase with slender neck decorated in wire cloisonne work(Yusen-shippo)with blue and purple wisteria flower.
The part of mouth and base are used metal, silver plate.
The interior of the Tomobako(kiri-box)has silk cloth ground for only a goods of Imperial Family.

The graceful form and tone that is suggestive of Imperial Palace in Meiji Era.
There are some stain and wear on the metal part due to the old age.
Overall condition is very best.
No chip and no crack.

Measurements about:21.5cm(8.4")Tall, 3.6cm(1.4")Mouth diameter.

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