Exquisite Japanese Totai Tree Bark Jiki-shippo Cloissone Pillow Vase For Sale




Exquisite Japanese Totai Tree Bark Jiki-Shippo Cloissone Pillow Vase



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Description:

Jiki-shippo literally, “porcelain-enamel,” is enamel work that is decorated on a porcelain body or foundation that has been fired at a high temperature. Also commonly referred to as totai shippo, a more general term used to include ceramic, earthenware or porcelain bases. “Tree-bark” cloisonne’ is relatively fragile due to the delicate surfacing technique which will sometimes chip or crack around the edges because of the porcelain base.

The process of making cloisonné is rather complicated. It begins with the porcelain base formed into different shapes of vases, jars, and bowls, to which flat bronze wires are then affixed in decorative patterns. Enamels of different colors are applied to fill the cloisonné or hollows.

This antique Japanese vase is called “tree-bark” cloisonne’, and emphasizes the treatment of the enameled body to simulate the rough, natural, tree surface. Totai Cloisonne’ vases were only made for a short period of time and discontinued because of the difficulty in producing specimens that were not flawed or damaged in manufacture. Specimens of this quality are getting very difficult to find in excellent condition.

This bulbous pillow vase features a bird, two dragonflies, floral motif, and has a very finely crafted porcelain body surface in lacquered brown. The flowers and bird are exceptionally detailed and show wonderful variations of color in shades of brown, green, orange and red enamels making the design natural and realistic. The neck and bottom of the vase have a geometric motif with the grey porcelain portions seen just below the throat of the neck and bottom of the piece. What I find unique about this particular example is the addition of a black decorative 'necklace' which has glitter like (may be minute abalone particles) decoration embedded into the enamel. Notice the beautiful deeply textured relief simulating wood bark. Most Jiki-shippo cloisonne’ ware were not signed or marked by the artist or studio.

Age: Meiji Period


Dimensions: Large and rare shape.

Height 8 1/2"
Diameter of mouth 4 1/2" x 3"
Width at widest part 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" (dimension at shoulder)
Base is approx. same as mouth
This lovely vase weighs in at over 3 1/2 lbs alone.

Condition: Enameling is in excellent condition. I see absolutely no chips or cracks. There are two small areas of very shallow superficial gouges or 'dings' in 'tree bark' with difference in patina noted but is on backside of vase and very unnoticeable. These areas involve only one or two actual vertical lines of the tree bark design itself. There are also a couple 'fissures' noted interiorly at the base in the porcelain but is not visible from the exterior. Base is clean/free of any evidence of compromise in stability.

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All items are vintage or antique (unless otherwise noted). Do not expect perfect, brand new conditions. You should expect imperfections. I will not describe small normal manufacturing flaws. You are offerding via a photograph. If you do not feel the photos are adequate; please email me. I will produce what you ask to ensure your confidence. Regardless of my current response numbers, I am not new to . Have been collecting and selling for approx. ten years. I do not profess to know everything and will occasionally make a mistake. We all are constantly learning in this line of business. Feel free to contact me with questions/concerns regarding my items and any additional information is always welcome. ArtNovo_1021

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Payment must be made within 7 days via Paypal. Please email first if there is an issue with your purchase. Refunds will be made at my discretion only. Do not return the item unless you have received confirmation from me to do so.

I package and ship once a week. Insurance is required on all items. Please email if other arrangements need to be made such as combined shipping. I will try my best to accommodate requests. It is up to my discretion as to whether an individual item is safe for combined shipping. I do not use newspaper as a filler or cushion substance. Box size will be determined by the amount of safe/adequate packing material needed between the item and the box walls. Item will be securely packed to minimize shifting within box. I will do my best to prepare your item for it's safe travel.






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