Monumental Presentation Hexagonal Goldstone Cloisonné Vase Honda


An important Japanese cloisonné enamel vase, made towards the end of the Meiji Period (1868-1912).

Using gold and shakudo wires, the vase is comprised of six panels, decorated with the phoenix and dragon motif. The pattern is a meticulous one and in a sense the crowning achievement of the Kyoto School, whose preference for dense symmetry proved less commercial than the naturalism of Nagoya.

The large size and unusual palate of goldstone enamels (many of which I have not seen before) attest to the individual quality of the vase. The ‘tea dust’ pioneered by Honda Yosaburo and later used by the great Namikawa Yasuyuki, can be seen in the floral band beneath the neck. There is also a striking speckled green enamel used for the leaves and a lilac one used on the ferns and flowers. One of the few homogenous enamels comes in the mirror black vines that offer a stunning contrast with the rest of the pattern.

The condition of the vase is exceptional with no wear apart from a few miniscule kiln bubbles in the background enamel.

Size: 42 x 18.5cm (16½ x 7¼”)
Weight: 1961g