Large Japanese Goldstone Cloisonné Enamel Bottle Vase


A large Japanese cloisonné enamel vase, dating from the late Meiji Period (1868-1912).

The vase if of unusual form, like a Chinese bottle vase, but with a pronounced pedestal base. The middle section depicts a sparrow and butterfly in clematis vines and foliage. The neck is decorated with tightly arranged clouds and phoenixes or mythical Ho-o birds.

The top and bottom has been finished with meticulous geometric borders on an unusual green-goldstone ground. The middle section, uses an attractive orange-goldstone equivalent.

The condition of the vase is very good, the enamels are beautifully clear and the wirework is untarnished. Though the hole in the base suggests the previous owner sought to convert the vase, there is no evidence of it ever having supported light fittings.

Size: 37.5 x 18.5cm (14¾ x 7¼”)
Weight: 1430g