Japanese Cloisonne Enamel Scent Bottle – Namikawa Yasuyuki

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this exceptional quality Meiji Period 1868-1912, circa 1895 cloisonne enamel scent bottle by the most highly regarded cloisonne master of the period, the Imperial artist Namikawa Yasuyuki 1845-1927. On this occasion Namikawa has manufactured a scent bottle of rounded form with opposing panels, the first panel depicts an exotic bird carrying a floral sprig in its mouth, the bird finely rendered in solid gold wire upon a buff coloured ground, the reverse depicts a gold wired butterfly in flight amidst a striking colourful garden scene upon a lighter yellow ground, the panels surrounded by more typical floral brocades to the circumference, the gilt domed lid screws nicely to the body and the underside is fully signed Namikawa Kyoto. An increasingly scarce piece of Japanese enamel from the golden age of cloisonne manufacture and carrying the signature of the undoubted master enameler.

Literature : Namikawa Yasuyuki (並川靖之) was among the most celebrated Japanese enamelers of the Meiji period , together with  Namikawa Sosuke ( no relation) they became the most famous cloisonne artists of the 1890 to 1910 period, a time known as the “golden age” of Japanese enamels. Between 1875 and 1915 Yasuyuki won prizes at 51 exhibitions, including at world’s fairs and at national exhibitions. His pieces now form parts of many of the major recorded Japanese works of art collections and can be viewed in museums throughout the world.

Provenance :

USA Collection

Condition report :

Fine condition throughout

Approximate Sizes :

Height : 2 3/8 ”  6 cm

Width :  2″           5 cm

Depth :  3/4″      1.7 cm

Free worldwide delivery and a certificate of authenticity are included in the price of this item.               ep79

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