Height: 10 1/2 inches, 26.7 cm
Width: 4 inches, 10 cm


Cloisonné enamel vase by Tanaka Kentaro

Japan, Showa period, 1926 – 1989

A cloisonné enamel vase of slender baluster shape, supported on a narrow footrim, the sides curving in towards the mouth.  Both mouth and foot are covered in silver rims.  The sides are decorated with pattern of overlapping triangular sail-like forms in cream and pale green, heightened with gold wires, all on a bright green ground.  The slightly recessed base is inlaid in silver with the signature of Kagi.

The signature “kagi” also reads “ken”, which stands for Tanaka Kentaro.  In 1974 (Showa 49) and in 1980 (Showa 55) the artist exhibited his work at the 21st and 27th Nihon Dento Kogei-ten exhibitions (Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibitions).  In the post-war Showa period Tanaka Kentaro worked as glazing specialist at the Ando Cloisonné Company in Nagoya.