Tea-jar (Japanese: natsume)
Signed Namikawa Yasuyuki
Height 6.4cm x diameter 5.4cm
Museum no. M.75-1969
The V&A's cloisonné collection has grown only modestly since the time of Andō's visit. A small group of objects, including this work by Namikawa Yasuyuki was bequeathed to the V&A in 1969, but otherwise there have been few additions of significance.
This small and elegant tea-jar carries all the details normally expected of the best work of Yasuyuki: the mirror-black enamel ground is covered with gold wire decoration of summer flowers in shades of polychrome enamels with small roundels to accentuate the flowers and scrolling karakusa on the ground. The jar is quite heavy for its size and the interior and base are all gilded in a deep golden colour. The base carries an applied silver plaque with the inscription Kyoto Namikawa.