Premium Quality Larger Vintage Signed Ando Japanese Cloisonne Vase.jun-gin Mk. For Sale
Premium Quality,Larger,Vintage Ando Akasuke/PBR
Presented for your consideration is this Premium Quality cloisonne vase from the Ando Co.,of Japan.The background enamel is a clear translucent red enamel,which is commonly called "Pigeon blood Red",or"akasuke".Underneath,you can see see the patterned silver foil decoration.The pattern in the foil is the same throughout the entire foil ground,and the foil is of a solid piece,rather than of a patchwork.The central decoration,which I imagine must have deep significance to the Japanese,is created using standard silver wired opaque enamels,which have large areas of multicolored unwired enamels,or musen decoration,if you will,within them.Please note that the very fine(thin) silver wire used actually appears golden colored in a lot of the photos.Clear translucent red enamel has also been incorporated into portions of thedecorated areas as well.The Ando mark is within the enamel on the vases underside,formed in silver wires,and the bottom rim has been marked with the 4 character "jun-gin" mark,which is translated as "pure silver"from the Japanese.This means that the item has a silver substrate,and it's rims are silver too.I've been told that the silver content in these marked pieces is a bit higher than sterling,at 97%.But I'm not 100% sure of that,so please use your own judgement.My sense is that this is an early twentieth century piece,almost certainly made prior to WW II.I have seen a reference from an on-line reference sort of site for cloisonne stating that the mark dated a piece to the 1920's-1930's.But again,I'm no expert,so please use your own judgement when evaluating the piece.The Ando Co. on-line catalog,which you can find if you Google "ando shippo",and follow the link to the company web site,should provide some insight as to the current retail values for their pieces.I find the free Google Chrome translator to do a fairly good job with the translating as well.My friend in Japan,who is familiar with their products assures me that none of the pieces listed in their current catalog,or product guides,are silver based.Jun-gin,or silver substrate(base) pieces,such as the piece listed in this listing,are only made by special order nowadays.
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Dimensions:9 7/8" tall,and about 9 7/8" wide,at it's widest points.It weighs 6 lb.'s,3.1 oz.'s,so it will ship as an 8 lb. parcel,if shipped by itself.
Condition:A few small and inconspicuous waterspots on the surface of the enamel.I don't see anyage related wear to the surface enamel,although I do see tarnish on the silver rims,and some shelf wear to the mount on the vases's underside.This vintage piece is otherwise undamaged.Which is just incredible,when you consider it's age,and what it's made with.I will combine purchases to save you on postage,if this can be done safely.I don't charge a handling fee,and I'll pay the cost to insure your item,through the USPS,myself.The shipping price noted is for domestic,US,shipping**.
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Please ask all questions before offerding.Please take a moment to view my other listings.Thank you for viewing my sale.On Jul-19-13 at 12:46:31 PDT, seller added the following information:
As one of my good customers had a few questions about my description of it,and the jun-gin mark on the piece,I felt it would be a good idea to update the initial description for clarities sake,as my saying that there are"A few small and inconspicuous waterspots on the surface of the enamel" is somewhat indefinite,and certainly ambiguous.
To be more specific,the majority of the marks that I'm alluding to on the main body of the piece,the area below the shoulder,would be more correctly called patina,or age to the surface of the enamel,as,with the piece in hand;it not being visible when just normally looking at the piece on display,and viewed obliquely(with the piece held at an angle,so as to see it's outer surface,or skin if you will) it just shows as looking slightly different than the adjoining enamel surrounding it.It is colorless(non iridescent),and just looks slightly darker than the enamel around it(it kind of looks like water).This may be extremely slight surface wear as well,although it does not appear abraded,or rough,but is extremely smooth like the rest of the enamel on the piece.There are just a few areas like this,and the total area of all of it together would be much less than 1 square inch.It's probably closer to being about half a square inch in total,if that.My sense is that this has been caused by exposure to the air for the last 80 or 90 years,give or take.
The iridescence I'd initially mentioned,is mainly on the upper flat portion of the shoulder.The largest of the small spots,of which there are about 10, s about the size of this "o".Most of them are much smaller.These are all either a flat gray or an iridescent color,if the light is hitting them just right.There are a few,I think 2 or 3,as well on the main body of the vase,and they are generally only apparent if you you are viewing the piece obliquely,and under a good strong light source.In preparing this answer,I did take the piece out and examine it under strong sunlight.I do also see minute,extremely tiny pitting throughout the piece,here and there,but mainly in the main decorated area.You may see some of these tiny pits in the photos as being tiny white specks.My sense is that these are manufacturing related,and that the white specks are actually tiny minute pits filled with wax,as wax is commonly used on cloisonne pieces to make them shine.Which is really unnecessary with this piece,as it looks like it might have been made yesterday,as it is still extremely glossy and shiny.
My customer also noticed a lighter area in thevicinity of the jun-gin mark,and was concerned that the mark might have been soldered onto the piece.The jun-gin mark there is indeed impressed into the underside of the bottom silver rim/mount.I think what she wasreferring to isthe slight downward slope in front of the mark,caused by the impression there,and with the photo capturing the light glinting off of it.
In reviewing the description,it occurred to me that the minute(tiny) pin point tip sized pits noted,that may appear in some of the photos,may also have baking soda in them,as folks do use that,mixed with water or other liquid(s),to clean the surface of the enamel.Hence their white appearance.
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