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A cloisonné enamel vase
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A cloisonné enamel vase

MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), INLAID WIRE MARK OF KAWADE SHIBATARO (1856-?)

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A cloisonné enamel vase
Meiji period (late 19th century), inlaid wire mark of Kawade Shibataro (1856-?)
Of hexagonal form with flared rim and with inset foot, decorated in art nouveau style with peacock feathers on a pale gray ground in polychrome opaque iridescent and transparent enamels over silver foil around the eyes of the feathers and with inlaid silver wire, signature on base; rims silver, inside of neck silver
9¼in. (23.5cm.) high

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This ornamental vase shows the interplay between natural motifs and abstraction that characterizes art nouveau. Kawade Shibataro encountered a range of trends and techniques on his international tours representing Japan in enamelwork at world expositions in Europe and the United States, beginning with the 1885 exposition in Nuremberg, where he earned a silver medal. He also medalled at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, in 1893, won the bronze at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, in 1904, and participated in the Universal and International Exposition, Liège, in 1905. Kawade also entered domestic art and industry exhibitions in Japan.

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