Unsigned (attrib. Ando Jubei)
Museum no. 265-1903
In 1903 the V&A acquired as part of a gift from the London-based dealer, John Sparkes, this unsigned vase. The elegant silver wire decoration of wisteria emerges from stylised clouds on the shoulder of the vase. The rim (Japanese: fukurin) and foot-ring are of the blue-black copper/gold alloy known as shakudō: the inner neck of the vase is of gilded copper. The careful placement of the design makes particular use of large areas of pure enamels which, by this time, the cloisonné manufacturers of Japan were confident in using to complement finely detailed decoration.
This vase was recognised as one of his own works by the Nagoya-based cloisonné artist Andō Jūbei on the occasion of his visit to the V&A in 1910. Andō's visit to the V&A took place at the time of the Japan British Exhibition at White City, where the Andō Company had a stand.