Featuring an artistic antique Japanese, Namikawa Sosuke style 4 sided silver wire cloisonne vase. The vase depicts a pair of heron wading in water, surrounded by water plants, a large shaded pink flower, branches and cascading limbs on all 4 sides. The pale blue background shades in a subtle gradation from a light blue at the top to a pale gray-blue towards the base with a hint of green. The border at the neck is reminiscent of early Sosuke pieces. The heron, realistically rendered, have soft shading in their breasts and their eyes are slanted, which is often seen on early Sosuke pieces. Namikawa Sosuke was the master of duplicating brush like paintings in cloisonne without wires, and was known for inventing wireless cloisonne. This vase is a bit earlier,circa 1880, made mostly with wires and is a transitional piece with the subtle gradation and shading of colors, partially in the painted look. Gary Yoshino notes in his book that this period, circa 1880, was the beginning of the innovative and emerging technique of musen jippo(wireless technique) before Namikawa Sosuke bought and directed the Shippo Gaisha(Kaisha)company. Many of the designs for these early pieces were taken from paintings by artists as Watanabe Seitei and others. Vase is in perfect condition! No chips, cracks, damages, scratches,hairlines, dings or restorations. Dimensions: 7" tall x slightly under 4" in diameter. Satisfaction guaranteed or money back. Return privilege providing item returned in sent condition, within 3 days of having been received, and the way it was packed if possible. Postage/insurance extra. Please feel free to ask questions or for more photos. Sales tax charged if sold in NY state unless valid sales tax number and signed NY state sales tax form provided.