Masters of Enamel: The Collection of John and Muriel Okladek | Including Further Japanese Works of Art from the Meiji Period, 1868-1912

Masters of Enamel: The Collection of John and Muriel Okladek | Including Further Japanese Works of Art from the Meiji Period, 1868-1912

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Property from the John and Muriel Okladek Collection

A slender cloisonné enamel vase | Signed on a silver tablet Kyoto Shibata | Meiji period, late 19th century

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November 3, 02:28 PM GMT

Estimate

15,000 - 18,000 GBP

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Property from the John and Muriel Okladek Collection

A slender cloisonné enamel vase

Signed on a silver tablet Kyoto ShibataMeiji period, late 19th century


the slender enamel vase of ovoid body and tall neck with everted rim, copper gilt mounts, decorated in various coloured enamels and worked in thicknesses of silver wire, with sparrows among chrysanthemums, irises and wisteria overhanging on a deep blue ground, the neck with bands of floral diaper, ivy and karakusahanabishi and lappets 

15 cm., 5⅞ in. high

This is perhaps Sozaburo Shibata, the only recorded maker of that name working in Kyoto. Nothing is otherwise known of this enameller and there has been much speculation around the fact that some cloisonné objects that carry the silver tablet signed Kyoto Namikawa seal have designs and wirework that imitate, but do not replicate that of Yasuyuki. There are yet other works that carry a similar silver tablet but with the four characters Kyoto Shibata as above. Some theories infer that Shibata actually worked for Yasuyuki, others that dealers at the time added Yasuyuki’s silver tablet to works by other makers. Careful examination of the wirework and workmanship of the enamels can usually distinguish between the two makers.