Antique Japanese Shippo Cloisonne Enamel Natsume Lidded Jar 七宝棗 c 1900
A Japanese cloisonne or cloisonné (shippo - 七宝) enamel lidded jar or pot: a Natsume (棗) which is a type of chaki or tea caddy used to hold macha or green tea in the Japanese tea ceremony (sadō - 茶道). It is beautifully decorated with numerous colourful flowers in shades of pink, yellow and green on a blue ground. This is a type of decoration known as "A Thousand Flowers"
The natsume has a yellow metal base of brass or bronze with gilding on the inner rim. The base and lid have been applied with a small metal cloisons (wires) to make the floral pattern with the blue ground colour and coloured enamels. There are dark blue semicircular borders on the rim of the lid and base and also on the foot of the base.
The body is a small short rounded cylindrical pot shape with a deep removable lid, dating from the Meiji period circa 1900.
In excellent antique condition, no chips, cracks nor restoration some discolouration on the unglazed inside of the lid flange.
Height 2 7/8 inches (7.3 cm)
Diameter 2 3/4 inches (7 cm)
Weight 251 grammes unpacked.
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