For sale is this very fine and quite rare Japanese Totai Shippo decorated dish of large size dating to the last quarter of the 19th century. The dish has a diameter of 31cms and a depth of 3.9cm and is in perfect unrestored condition. It has in time past been wall mounted and the is some slight marking to the rim because on the metal straps used. The front section finely decorated in the Totai Shippo manner with two standing Crane with Iris and a single butterfly. The reverse undecorated but signed in underglaze blue and retaining its original paper cleaning label. Please read the following on Totai Shippo ware:
Jiki-shippo literally, “porcelain-enamel,” is enamel work that is decorated on a porcelain body or foundation that has been fired at a high temperature. Also commonly referred to as totai shippo, a more general term used to include ceramic, earthenware or porcelain bases. “Tree-bark” cloisonne’ is relatively fragile due to the delicate surfacing technique which will sometimes chip or crack around the edges because of the porcelain base.
The process of making cloisonné is rather complicated. It begins with the porcelain base formed into different shapes of vases, jars, and bowls, to which flat bronze wires are then affixed in decorative patterns. Enamels of different colors are applied to fill the cloisonné or hollows.
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