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A cloisonné enamel tray
A cloisonné enamel tray

MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), SEALED SAKIGAKE (WORKSHOP OF NAMIKAWA SOSUKE; 1847-1910)

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A cloisonné enamel tray Meiji period (late 19th century), sealed Sakigake (Workshop of Namikawa Sosuke; 1847-1910) The oval tray decorated in gold and silver wires and partly in wireless (musen) enamels, designed with a flying duck, clouds and a full moon, inlaid silver mark on base; shakudo rim 12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm.) wide

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Namikawa Sosuke pioneered a pictorial style of cloisonné enameling as early as 1881, when his panels for the Second National Industrial Exposition at Ueno Park, were exhibited in the Art section. Other cloisonné workshops were confined to the Industrial section. Sosuke became an Imperial Craftsman together with Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927).

The elegant oval form with perfect composition and the sumi-e (ink painting) like technique of this work show the highest quality of the enamel work in a pictorial style.

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