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Antique Japanese Totai-jippo, Tree Bark Vase
Japanese totai-jippo is a type of Japanese cloisonne (shippo in Japanese) whereby the enameling work is done on a ceramic body instead of metal.[129A, 38B] With the world opened to Japanese exports at the end of the Tokugawa Period, their craftsmen experimented with many decorative arts including enamel ware. Chu and Chu report the earliest totai-jippo made by Seto potters about 1868.[42C] The Art and Orchid Gallery's totai-jippo is a special type called 'tree bark'. In this type of cloisonne the ceramic vase is coated with a thick stippled or, in this case, rivulets of vitreous enamel. Next, the design of fine wire (e.g. copper) is applied over the rough textured ground. The cloisonne cells are then filled with contrasting colors of fusible glass. After firing, the glass in the designs is ground smooth to the wire but remain in relief above the ground, tree bark.[49D, 129E] The motifs are bats and floral in dark autumnal colors. Samples of this type of Japanese enameling are found in references.[38F, 42D] We estimate the age of the vase to be the 1870's because of the pre-Wagner dark, dull colors and the use of fine beaten brass wire.[129G] There was a slight bark restoration and the vase was cleaned. References available upon request. Size: ~ 4 5/8" H x 2 3/4"; Weight: ~ 149 grams;


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