Here we have a lovely seagreen/turquoise vase with a very small geometric design at the neck. This type of Ando cloisonne was developed in the mid-Taisho to early Showa periods, circa 1925 - 1950. It consists of thick enamel that is then applied to a silver top and base. It is in excellent condition no chips, nicks, missing enamel or other problems. We date it to the early 20th century. The Ando mark is stamped on the base – the circular symbol with the four oval leaf type pattern in the center.
The vase measures 9 1/2" (23.5cm) - the top metal ring is 1 7/8" (5cm) diameter - the bottom metal ring is 3 5/8" (9.2cm) diameter and the vase is 6 1/4" (13.2cm) diameter. There is a small band of inlaid gold wire geometric design at the neck. The vase comes with its own custom made box - tomobako - and a small black lacquer square stand. We particularly like the inlay pattern on the top of the lid to the box - a nice artistic touch.
The Ando Company was founded by Ando Jubei in 1880. By 1893 the Ando Company was already making its first work for the Imperial Household and winning its first award at an international exhibition. Like other top quality Japanese makers, the company took its share of medals in the succeeding years. By 1918 only three cloisonne factories remained in Japan, and of the one hundred remaining artists, nearly fifty worked for Ando.