19th century round Japanese kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) made in cloisonne technique. Simple elegant shape with decoration of two roundels inside a spade shaped reserve, all on a karakusa (scrolling vine) ground. Beautiful work, great quality enameling, flecks of avanturine glass enamel in the black enamel of the spade. Very pleasant finish with original pitting, rare and early piece in terms of Japanese cloisonné, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style. Great humble object in Japanese taste, in great condition - no dents or losses. Diameter 2 11/16 inches. Part of a small East Coast kogo collection.