Lidded vase, Namikawa Yasuyuki. Museum no. 266-1903

Lidded vase, Namikawa Yasuyuki. Museum no. 266-1903

Lidded vase
Namikawa Yasuyuki
Kyoto, Japan
c.1890
Height 13.6cm
Museum no. 266-1903.

In 1903, the V&A acquired as part of a gift from the London-based dealer, John Sparkes, its first signed piece by Namikawa Yasuyuki. The mirror-black enamel ground is decorated in silver wires with flowers, including peony and iris by a stream, two flying ducks and a butterfly. The area above the base plate, below the rim and the lid are decorated with bands of the lucky Seven-Treasure (Japanese: shippō) motif. Although the interior of the foot carries a silver plaque with the well-executed signature of Namikawa Yasuyuki, the design and execution of the ducks are more reminiscent of the work of another cloisonné maker, Shibata, who worked in Kyoto around the same time as Yasuyuki.