19th Century Japanese Cloissone 3 Piece Mantel Set

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19th Century Japanese Cloissone 3 Piece Mantel Set is a remarkably well-preserved artifact from the period during which Western Europe was enthralled by an Oriental craze.  This particularly interesting three piece set from Japanese artisans includes two vases and an unusually shaped center urn with a Foo Dog lid, cast in bronze, which could be used for burning incense amongst other potential uses.  The meticulous method of cloissone was eventually copied by the French and called Champleve after the region in which it was produced.

The Chinese introduced cloisonné, an ancient art of decorating metal vessels, to Japan in the 1830s. Through this technique, artists create intricately compartmentalized designs with soldered metal wires, fill them with colored enamel, then fire, grind and polish them. Objects that are embellished with cloisonné designs, like the technique itself, are often also called cloisonné.

This highly intricate craft gained popularity in the 1850s when, after more than 200 years of isolationism, Japan initiated contact with the West. Much of the finest cloisonné was produced during the Meiji “Golden Age” (1868-1912) and into the early Taisho Period, with Japanese participation in international expositions and world’s fairs. Cloisonné production soared as demand for exotic Japanese art swept through Europe and America.

Circa 1860-1870

Urn measures 11.5H x 12W x 9D
Vases each measure 12H x 6 in diameter

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