Cloisonné enamel vase by Ota Hiroaki
Japan, Showa period, 1926 – 1989
A cloisonné enamel vase of globular shape, supported on a narrow footrim and with equally narrow mouth. Both mouth and foot are covered in silver rims. The sides are decorated with pattern of feathered ferns in black with green ends, interconnected by white swirls, all on a bright yellow ground. The slightly recessed base is enamelled with the two-character signature of Ota Hiroaki. The vase is contained within the original wood tomobako, the top of which is inscribed Shida mon, shippo kabin (cloisonné vase with a fern design). The back is inscribed Hiroaki saku, (made by Hiroaki) and has the seal Hiroaki.
The artist Ota Hiroaki (1913 – 1991) was born in Nagoya City, Aichi prefecture; he is considered one of the leading cloisonné artists of the Showa Period. Ota Hiroaki set up the family business, the Daichiki studio, which is now run by his son, also called Ota Hiroaki, the fourth generation. The first Ota Hiroaki participated frequently in the Nitten exhibitions. His works were introduced in a book entitled Showa no kyosho sakuhinshu (the works of cloisonné art by the masters of the Showa Period), published by the Japan Cloisonné Artists Association (Nihon Shippo sakka kyokai) in 2000. Ota Hiroaki was the third generation of an enamelling family. His father, Ota Yoshisaburo, worked during the Meiji period, was also based in Nagoya and won an award for his work at the 1889 Paris Exposition.