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Vase with sparrows and bamboo
Meiji Period (1868 - 1912)
Material and technique
metal, inlaid with silver and gold wire cloisonné enamel
Dimensions25.2 cm (height)
16 cm (diameter)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Story Fund, 1987.
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 1 | Exploring the Past
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Cloisonné enamel vase the body worked in gold wire with sparrows and bamboo on a midnight blue ground, the borders worked in silver wire with flowering kiri (Paulownia) and scrolls.
Although signed by the Andō factory mark, we believe that this vase, for stylistic reasons, was probably actually made by Hayashi Kodenji (1831-1915), a highly skilled enameller who worked at one time or another either on his own (there are pieces signed by him) or with other factories, or with the Andō factory; there are pieces signed by both Andō and Hayashi, but that not being the case here does not invalidate our attribution. A jar and cover of very similar work in gold wire in the Khalili Collection (Impey and Fairly, 1994, vol. 3 no. 62) is signed by Hayashi alongside the Andō mark.
In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)
Glossary of terms
Decorative technique in which wires are attached to a metal body and coloured enamels are applied between the wires.
Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 39 on p. 82, p. 4, illus. pp. 82-83