Very large Japanese Meiji period cloisonne enamel vase


This exquisite vase is notable for its huge size and fine detailing, and was crafted in the Meiji period - the Japanese Golden Age of cloisonne enameling.


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The vase is decorated all over in the intricate, highly detailed cloisonne enamel technique. The vase features a waisted neck with a petal rim, which is decorated to the top and bottom with a geometric pattern interwoven with foliate motifs. A polychrome dragon encircles the neck of the vase between the bands of patterning.

The large body of the vase is of baluster form, and decorated in three sections. The upper section features rectangular panels which are each decorated with a mythical bird or dragon on alternating pink and green grounds. Between the panels, the upper section is decorated with intricate foliate patterning on a red ground. The middle section of the body of the vase is decorated as a narrow band of geometric and foliate shapes. The lower section of the body of the vase features upturned arch forms which are each decorated with dragons and mythical birds on alternating pink and yellow grounds. The arch forms are bordered in a turquoise ground, and set upon a royal blue ground.

The waisted and stepped base of the vase is decorated all over with scrolling foliage and floral, geometric patterning, and sits on a wooden stand.


Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Floral, Japanese Interest, Meiji
Enamel, Enamel - Cloisonné
Blue, Multi-coloured, Red


180 cm / 70.9 inches
74 cm / 29.1 inches


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