Vase with Design of Peacock Feathers

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Vase with Design of Peacock Feathers

Japan, circa 1900
Furnishings; Accessories
Cloisonné enamel with silver mounts and wires
13 3/8 × 5 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (33.97 × 13.34 × 13.34 cm)
Gift from the Japanese Cloisonné Enamels Collection of Donald K. Gerber and Sueann E. Sherry (M.2010.197.3)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

This superb work by the master Kawade Shibataro is perfect in almost every way....
This superb work by the master Kawade Shibataro is perfect in almost every way. Its unusual tapered sides, so difficult to achieve in enamel ware because there is no support for the enamel on the edges, are flawless. The electric blue background color is breath-taking. The Deco-like stylization of the peacock feathers actually pre-dates the Art Deco movement by twenty years; in appearance the feathers are reminiscent of musical notes or clefs frozen in time. The peacock feather motifs on the shoulder of the piece, and on the neck itself, are perfectly calibrated to the object’s form, and each motif is in perfect harmony with the others. The pure silver mount of the neck-ring and interior only increase the luxurious quality of the object. It is signed on the foot with the logo of the artist, Kawade Shibataro; it is the only known work by the artist of this subject in this size, which is unusually large for a fine work of cloisonne. (Robert Singer, Curator Japanese Art)


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