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Early Namikawa Sosuke Japanese Meiji Cloisonne Enamel Box

Early Namikawa Sosuke Japanese Meiji Cloisonne Enamel Box


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Enamel: Pre 1900: Item # 1350127

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Featuring a lovely, early Namikawa Sosuke cloisonne enamle box with a branch of white blossoms, buds and gray-green leaves. Although this box is not signed, it is safe to attribute it to Sosuke's earliest period when he took over the Kaisha Shippo cloisonne company in Tokyo. Sosuke was known for his Japanese style/approach for reproducing in enamel, pictorial subjects of classic Japanese paintings in a naturalistic style. The finely shaded wireless process, for which he is credited with inventing in 1889, is known as Musen-Jippo. Another unique talent for which Sosuke was known is the crimped sterling wire work which resemble the brush strokes of a painting. This artistic box is an early example of the techniques for which Sosuke was known, progressing from silver wire to wireless, and/or a combination of both. In this box, some leaves, in various shades of gray-green, are partially wireless, while others have wire outlines. The white blossoms with wire stamens are touched with a subtle pale green enamel in the centers. The crimped wires are prominent on the branch on the side of the front. The soft shading of the blue enamel to the lighter gray is typical of his color/style. The branch and leaf design carries over from the top to 4 sides(just a hint on two sides), another artistic feature for which he was known. The brown counter enamel on the interior and underside are typical of Sosuke and is found on all of his boxes unless on silver. Brass mounts. Dimensions: 4 1/4" wide x 4 3/8" tall x 1 3/4" high. Condition: Excellent but there is a minor 3 mm diameter flaw on the corner at the base rim on the right side. It can be seen in the first and last photos. It may be from the making or a chip, hard to tell. Also, there may be some surface firing flaws from the kiln since it is an earlier piece. Very hard to see unless under high magnification or held in certain light. None of this is noticeable or objectionable and does not detract from the overall beauty of this fine piece. Please feel free to ask for more photos if interested. Satisfaction guaranteed or money back providing item returned in sent condition, 3 days after having been received and the way it was packed. Postage insurance extra. Sales tax charged if sold in NY state unless valid NY state sales tax number on signed NY state sales tax form provided.
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