Cloisonné dish, Japan

Cloisonné dish, Japan

Dish
Unknown
Nagoya, Japan
1890-1910
Copper body, cloisonné enamel decoration
Diameter 21.6 cm
Museum no. M.208-1917
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The copper body of this dish has been decorated with silver wire cloisonné enamel designs on a pure white enamel ground; the rims and foot-ring are of plain burnished copper. The shape, decorative style and colouring of the dish closely copy eighteenth century Japanese Nabeshima-style porcelain which had gained popularity with Westerners in the late nineteenth century. The cloisonné enamel decoration of the dish which consists of geometric patterns with key-fret and stylised waves together with scrolling karakusa (Chinese grass) foliage are all typical of decorative elements found on Nabeshima-ware.