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Subject:Small vase with cranes or herons
Posted By: Steve Thu, May 18, 2017 IP: 2601:03c0:4180:02a7:

This small vase is approx. 3.75 inches tall and 2.5 inches diameter at its widest point. Appears to be brass clad over ceramic or porcelain. The birds are in relief from the vase. See attached pictures. I am trying to identify origin, date, and style of this vase. Any help would be appreciated.

Subject:Lacquer cloisonne Japan c1900
Posted By: beadiste Sat, May 20, 2017

I was hoping someone more knowledgeable than I about Japanese cloisonne would post to the discussion. While we wait for that, here's a possibility, from Fredric Schneider's book The Art of Japanese Cloisonne Enamel.

Lacquered "tree bark" porcelain cloisonne:

"The technique was in use by the Japanese at least as early as 1876-8 ... The signature Tashiro appears on many lacquered porcelain pieces ... In 1903 a "'Tashiro-ya' with a factory in Nagoya was cited for 'cloisonne on porcelain a specialty.' ...

The lacquer cloisonne technique was probably developed subsequent to that using traditional enamels, and it represents a cheaper version, perhaps made almost entirely for export."

The characters in the mark on the base of your vase match a mark listed on page 259 of Schneider as "Tashiro."

Subject:Re: Lacquer cloisonne Japan c1900
Posted By: Guy Mon, May 22, 2017

Thanks beadiste.

Here is a link to a similar pair of vases, signed 'Tashirô sei' (田代製 - made by Tashiro) and as far I can decipher the description there, it is indeed cloisonné on porcelain and now rare.

Schneider mentions among other things:
"Tashirô - alternatively Tashirô Sukesaku and brother Yasukichi operating as Tashirô Shôten (dates uncertain) (exporters), or Tashirôya owned by Tashirô Ichitoji (dates uncertain) (ceramic trading firm). The brothers - Nagoya and elsewhere, Tashirôya - Yokohama; in use late 19th-early20th centuries. Lacquered or gilt..."


URL Title :pair of Tashirô cloisonné on porcelain vases

Subject:Re: Lacquer cloisonne Japan c1900
Posted By: Steve Tue, May 23, 2017

Dear beadiste and Guy, thanks for your responses. They were most helpful.

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