For sale is this fine Japanese Totai Shippo bottle vase decorated with a song bird and butterflies in a floral landscape. The body of the vase made to resemble tree bark. The vase is 22.3cm high in in perfect undamaged condition. The base bearing a signature in underglaze blue.
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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