Cloisonné enamel vase by Ando Jubei
Japan, Showa period, 1926 – 1989
A cloisonné enamel vase of cylindrical shape, supported on a small foot, the sides tapering outwards towards the top rim. The exterior of the vase is decorated with a pattern of squares in light blue on a dark blue ground, each composed of parallel or diagonal lines and alternating with squares containing a circle of blue enamel on a white ground. The rims at the top and at the bottom are bound in plain silver bands. The base bears the mark of Ando Jubei. The vase
is contained within a wooden box.
Ando Jubei was a very successful and prolific Meiji and Showa period cloisonné artist from Nagoya, who dominated the local enamelling industry and lived from 1876 – 1953. He took part in the Japan-Britain exhibition of 1910 where he exhibited examples of his work. The cloisonné worker and designer Akita Takayuki together with Ando Jubei developed the technique of applying alumite, an alloy of obsidian, iron and aluminium, to cloisonné, thus creating a warmer feel to the material. They registered this technique as a patent in Showa 12 (1937).