Meiji-Period Kyoto-Jippo Cloisonné Enamel Tea Set

  • This Meiji-period cloisonné enamel tea set was crafted by Takahara Komajiro of Kyoto
  • It is a stunning example of the art of kyoto jippo - swirls of gilt wiring in cloisonné enamel
  • The set for four includes 16 pieces, including a teapot, creamer and sugar bowl
  • To find a complete set in such exceptional condition is a rarity
  • Get complete item description here
Item No. 31-0979

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This exceptional Meiji-period cloisonné enamel tea set was crafted by the famed artisan Takahara Komajiro of Kyoto. Takahara was renowned as a master of the art of kyoto jippo — swirls executed in cloisonné enamel with gilt wiring. The intricate technique recalls the appearance of damascene work, and it is used to stunning effect on the present set. Perfect for tea for four, it includes a teapot, four cups with saucers, four plates, a sugar bowl, a creamer and a tray. Each piece is decorated with motifs from nature, including butterflies and chrysanthemums, as well as symbols of wealth, longevity, harmony and protection.

Thanks to international exhibitions such as the 1862 International Exhibition in London and the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Japanese and other Asian arts and crafts were in great demand in Europe and the United States. In fact, Takahara exhibited at the International Exposition in St. Louis in 1904, greatly increasing the audience for his highly sought after works. Western art lovers were especially enthusiastic about metal wares such as this tea set, the likes of which they had never seen before.

Similar examples by Takahara can be found at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore).

Features marks of Takahara Komajiro

Circa 1890

Cups with saucers: 4 1/4" diameter x 2 3/4" high
Tray: 12" length x 9 1/4" wide x 1/2" high
Teapot: 5" wide x 4" deep x 6 1/2" high
Plates: 6" diameter
Meiji-Period Kyoto-Jippo Cloisonné Enamel Tea Set
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Asia
Type: Other
Depth: 9.5 Inches
Width: 12.25 Inches
Height: 4.0 Inches

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