Vase, unsigned but possibly by Hayashi Kodenji

Vase, unsigned but possibly by Hayashi Kodenji

Vase
Unsigned but possibly by Hayashi Kodenji (1831-1915)
Japan
About 1980
Cloisonné enamel on a copper body
The Edwin and Susan Davies Collection

This vase is decorated in cloisonné enamels, in which the different colours are outlined in copper and silver wire. The design is of birds perched on wisteria, with chrysanthemums in the foreground. Cloisonné work on such a large scale was not uncommon at a time when Japanese artisans were keen to demonstrate their technical and artistic skills to the full, especially to the burgeoning western market. From around the 1840s, Nagoya was the centre of the renaissance of Japanese cloisonné production, and Hayashi Kodenji was one of the most influential cloisonné makers of his time.