Japanese Cloisonne on Porcelain

A NEW TECHNIQUE

Vase height 36 cm

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In the beginning of the Meiji period the Japanese government stimulated the development of the technique of traditional Japanese craftsmanship, and helped to create new export markets for their
Art and Crafts objects.
Because of the social changes in the Meiji period the local market for many craftsman has disappeared , but in Europe and the US they found and created a new market for their products.
One of the techniques they refined, and in which the Japanese craftsman created top quality pieces, was the cloisonné technique.
The Japanese government invited Western technicians and chemist to Japan to help to refine the techniques. They experimented a lot, and one of their products was to make cloisonné on porcelain instead of the traditional cloisonné on copper or bronze, as the Japanese had learned from the Chinese.
These objects on porcelain were only made for a short period because the technique was rather difficult, and through the fast technical development most company's made the cloisonné on copper again.
The objects you see her were made by the "Shippo Company of Japan" in Nagoya and are signed by their main artist Takeuchi Chubei. These objects were made around 1875.
Objects signed by him you can find also in the National Museum in Tokyo .

Mark: Dai Nippon sei zo , Shippo Kai sha,
Takeuchi Chubei

Jardiniere, for the Western market
height 26 cm

Mark: Dai Nippon sei zo , Shippo Kai sha,
Takeuchi Chubei

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