Japanese Sterling Silver & Cloisonne Enamel Coffee Set Signed Meiji
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Japanese Sterling Silver & Cloisonne Enamel Coffee Set Signed Meiji :
MEIJI JAPANESE STERLING SILVER & ENAMEL GARDEN SCENE 4 PIECE TEA SET; BUTTERFLY AMIDST IRIS FLOWER; SIGNED; EXCELLENT
We are quite pleased to offer this museum worthy Japanese sterling and enamel 4 piece tea service.
Signed by the maker, stamped pure silver. And the turtle in diamond trademark of the important Japanese retailer Sanju Saku (See Silver Magazine 2006).
Meiji period Japanese silver was the finest the world has ever known. Much was crafted by former Samurai. Imperial decree had outlawed their warrior culture. Forcing the Samurai to channel centuries old sword making skills into breathtaking presentation and household silver.
The Meiji silver artisans were so highly regarded that Tiffany, Gorham and the leading British firms sent their staff to Japan to "learn" (steal) the secrets of the Samurai.
Japanese Golden Age cloisonne enamel also the finest the world had ever known.
This tea service offers the opportunity to acquire a piece displaying both the world's finest silver and enameling.
Crafted as actual sections of bamboo. Banded and accented with delicate applied leaf and twig. And gnarled rough surface as real.
Adorned with brilliant enameled Japanese garden scenes.
Silver and cloisonné enameled butterfly hovers peacefully atop iris displays.
Enameled in Ming yellow, violet, coral and lime green and more.
Each iris display distinct from others on the piece. And each pieces with unique floral stands.
Some of the floral with enamel, others raised silver alone. The set was originally made this way.
The iris set along gentle stream. The soft wavy lines represent moving water. This characterization of moving stream is specific to Japanese arts.
The coffee pot with bamboo and leaf finial. Retains the original heat stops to handle and interior strainer.
The sugar bowl fashioned as an ancient Japanese water bucket. Rare design.
The set includes the original sterling and enamel tongs, in flower petal form.
Signed by the artist and pure silver. As turtle in diamond frame for famed retailer Sanju Saku (See 2006 Silver Magazine).
Meiji sterling and enamel Japanese coffee pot is 7 3/4 inches and weighs 17 standard ounces.
The matching sugar bucket is 5 1/2 inches and with the 5 inches tongs together weigh 6 1/2 standard ounces.
The cream jug is 5 1/2 inches and 4 standard ounces.
Excellent condition. Rich, lustreous sterling patina throughout. Stands even on table or display. Cover well fit and coffee pot retains its original interior filter. The brilliant raised floral and butterfly retain their original crisp, vibrant detail. The enamel work retains its rich, vibrant color with minimal loss.
For the discerning collector of the finest hand wrought Meiji silver. An exceptional Meiji sterling silver and cloisonne enamel butterfly amidst iris tea service. Signed by maker, pure silver and retailer Sanju Saku. Excellent.
At present, Chinese silver and enamel bowls 7-8 inches are selling for $20,000 US or more. The designs are primitive. And the Chinese enamel work crude. Compare such Chinese silver enameled work with the set offered today. As you can see. There is no comparison.
Please feel free to inquire directly about this, or any item we've listed. Whether the item is alone or part of a set. We very much welcome your interest. We are collectors first. As such, we are quite easy to work with.
We happily combine items when shipping, saving you costs. We ship twice weekly, usually US Postal Priority. Fully insured for domestic packages, and air parcel overseas. We charge a bit more than actual cost for custom size boxes, shipping materials and to pay for professional packing.
We make great effort to accurately describe each item listed. Returns are accepted, if either condition, country of origin or dating is significantly incorrect. In such cases we refund your shipping costs as well. Like you, we are only human, and make mistakes. Hopefully, not too many.
Remember, the items you see are antiques. Hence, have an expected amount of wear from normal use. As such, returning an item because we failed to mention the tiniest bit of wear, or barely discernible flaw is not acceptable. Nor do we accept returns based on buyer's remorse. Nor change of taste, or because a buyer did not realize how "small" four inches might be once in hand.
Please note, Massachusetts residents are subject to sales tax.
We have over 8000 feed backs. And, are quite proud of our Top Seller designation.
We received favorable notice in the March 12th, 2006 New York Times. Page 8, Business Section, in a well written article on silver collecting. Copy furnished upon request.
From our personal collection, a fine mid 19th century coin silver basket by Edward & John Moore is illustrated in the cover article in May/June 2008 Silver Magazine.
Enjoy....and good fortune in your offerding.