Cloisonné enamel vase with waves

Height: 9 7/8 inches, 25 cm

Width: 8 inches, 20.2 cm

Cloisonné enamel vase with waves

Japan, Meiji period, 1868-1912

A cloisonné enamel vase of baluster shape, supported on a small, flat base. The sides taper up towards an everted rim, which like the foot is encased in silver. The sides are decorated in wireless cloisonné technique with a pattern of wild, cresting waves in white enamel on a ground of grey overlapping regular waves. The inside of the vase is covered in white enamel.

This elegant vase is worked entirely in the musen (wireless) technique, which means that no wires are visible, having been polished out in the final stage before finishing. The decoration of wild, cresting waves on their own is quite audacious and feels and looks modern.