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A Pair of Musen Closionne Vases with Ravens Mid Snow-Capped Bamboo

A Pair of Musen Closionne Vases with Ravens Mid Snow-Capped Bamboo


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Enamel: Pre 1920: Item # 1322893

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A striking pair of musen cloisonné vases mounted on shakudo rims. On a smooth, porcelain-like surface, ravens cavort among snow-capped bamboo stalks, their black-feathered bodies stark against the soft gray ground. (In the 19th century, Japanese artists excelled in the use of cloisonné, creating a number of disparate techniques. Artists such as Kawade Shibitaro, Ando Jubei and Namikawa Sosuke perfected the musen, or wireless, technique, resulting in what appeared to be “seamless paintings on ceramics.”) On these exceptional vase, a unique white-enameled signature seal of master enamellist Ando Jubei of Nagoya is on both bases. (This pair of cloisonné vases is in very good condition with a minor impossible- to- locate restoration somewhere on the side of one. We purchased the pieces knowing about this repair because of the sensitive treatment & beauty of the subject matter.) Heights: 18” Meiji Period, Japan