c1900 Japanese Meiji Cloisonné Plate Flying Cranes Scene


An attractive Japanese cloisonné plate, dating from the middle of the Meiji era, circa 1900.

The plate depicts a scene nearing autumn, with a border edge of yellowing and brown leaves and 2 Japanese (Manchurian) Cranes in flight. These birds are among the rarest of the cranes and are known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity. There are 3 Peonies below, the whole with a light turquoise blue background. The edge of the dish is gilded.

The presence of turquoise allows the plate to be dated post-1880, a time when fashions were moving from tight geometry to minimal representations of nature. There is some nice mixed enamelling on the flowers and leaves.

The condition is very good, with no damage to the enamel. The back has wavy coil decoration on blue enamel.

Size: 30.2 x 3.5 cm (11 7/8 x 1 3/8 inches)
Weight: 843 g