By the late 19th century, cloisonne enamels were among Japan's most successful exports. This visually stunning book, filled with new research and abundantly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, examines the techniques and social history behind the craft. Drawing on the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection, Japanese Cloisonne charts the development of the technique. Also featured is a catalogue of the previously unseen, world-class private collection of Edwin Davis, which includes both enamels produced during cloisonne's 'golden age,' around 1880 to 1910, as well as more experimental objects enameled in recent years, which reproduce the effects of porcelain or painting. Here is a timely introduction to a sought-after collectible, as well as a revealing look at treasures from two outstanding collections.
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Ando Company Ando Jubei applied silver rim areas Barry Davies birds blue enamel ground bowl brass yusen brown enamel butterflies Chinese chrysanthemum cloisonne enamels cm The copper Coben and Ferster collection copper body counter-enamel dish dragon Exhibition Exposition Fairley floral gold yusen enamels ground is decorated Hayashi Kodenji Height 13 cm Ho-o Hosoge Imperial Japan Inaba Company inner base-plate inner neck-ring interior Japanese Cloisonne 1982 Japanese cloisonne enamels Japanese Enamels jungin mark Kaisuke Kaji Kawasaki Shozo Kyoto Namikawa leaves Meiji no Takara moriage Mount Fuji musen Museum Namikawa Sosuke Namikawa Yasuyuki Pair of vases panels paulownia peony petals pieces Plate plum blossom rim and base-plate rim and silver seal of Namikawa shaded enamels shakudo Shippo shosen enamels silver base-plate silver yusen enamels silver yusen mark silver-gilt similar Taisho period technique Tokyo Toshima Vase Kyoto Vase Nagoya Vase Unsigned vases have applied vessel width 19 cm wires yiisen yusen and shosen