Pair of vases, unsigned (attrib. Namikawa Yasuyuki). Museum no. 1274-1886

Pair of vases, unsigned (attrib. Namikawa Yasuyuki). Museum no. 1274-1886

Pair of vases
Unsigned (attrib. Namikawa Yasuyuki)
Kyoto, Japan
c.1870-1880
Height 8.6cm
Museum no. 1274-1886
Dixon bequest.

Another example of interesting Nagoya enamels, part of the bequest of Frank Dixon. These two small vases are stylistically very similar to another pair in the V&A's collection. However, in comparison with that pair, here the tight overall application of the brass wires and the polychrome enamel colour scheme perhaps show further some technological advances and the surface of the vases is here more regularly covered with wires. The area below the rim and above the base-plate are both elegantly decorated with stylised chrysanthemum. The black enamel and the butterflies found on the central band of the vases were both later to be key features of the work of Namikawa Yasuyuki.