A pair of large cloisonné enamel vases and covers | Meiji period, late 19th century
Property from the John and Muriel Okladek Collection
A pair of large cloisonné enamel vases and covers
Meiji period, late 19th century
the large oviform vases with domed covers and copper-gilt mounts, knop finials, decorated in coloured cloisonné enamels and worked in various thicknesses of gold and copper wire, with two shaped panels containing a scene of hawk, swallows, finches and hens amongst chrysanthemum, lilies, peonies and wisteria vine to one, the other with long-tailed pheasants, quails, and further finches and hens beside similar foliage and morning glory, the reverse with a large flock of red-capped cranes among hydrangea, peony and bamboo beside a meandering stream, the panels interspersed with genre scenes of Heian courtiers engaging in humorous past-times, the neck with geometric floral design, the domed covers with roundels of mythical creatures, butterflies above foliate scrolls, the spherical finials with further geometric floral patterns
Each 55 cm., 21⅝ in. high
Overall in good condition, some wear to the copper-gilt mounts.
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