Cloisonné enamel vase with stylised bamboo by Akita Takayuki
Japan, Showa period, 1926 - 1989
A large and heavy cloisonné enamel vase of wide beaker shape, supported on a small foot rim. One side of the vase is inlaid with three stylized lengths of bamboo in black enamel on a white ground with grey streaks. The lengths of bamboo are further enhanced by mother-of pearl inlaid lines. The rims at the top and at the bottom are covered in plain silver bands. The base carries the signature of Takayuki. The vase is contained within the original tomobako, the top of which is inscribed Shippo kabin (cloisonné flower vase). The inside of the tomobako says Takayuki saku (made byTakayuki) and has the seal of the artist.
Akita Takayuki graduated from the Nagoya Kogei Gakko (Nagoya City Industrial Arts High School). He exhibited at the Nika-ten, the Chubi-ten and the Chubu Nihon Kogei-ten (The central Japan arts crafts exhibition), where he won prizes for his work. According to the Ando Shippo Workshop archive, 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).