Baluster vase with poppies and tree peonies

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    Baluster vase in silver, shibuichi, and cloisonné enamel. The neck in silver with petal-shapes on the shoulder, the body decorated with tree peonies in relief in cloisonné enamel. Engraved signature on exterior: Hōryūsai Kōichi with gold inlaid kakihan and on the base: Takasaki Seizō.

    Details of the life of Takasaki Kōichi, appear to be unknown; however there exists a groups of vases, usually of bronze and silver, and encrusted with shippō (cloisonné) inlays in which there is a silver neck that either simulates dripping of a liquid over the bronze or fuses into the bronze in a careful pattern, some of which are signed Takasaki Kōichi or Hōryūsai Kōichi (as here), which can all be attributed to Kōichi. In the Paris Exposition of 1900, Takasaki Kōichi exhibited a pair of silver vases decorated with peonies and poppies in cloisonné enamel.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

Glossary of terms

cloisonné

shibuichi

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 26 on p. 56, illus. pp. 56-57

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