A Japanese totai shippo cloisonne (cloisonné ) porcelain lidded jar or pot. The pot has a bright white porcelain body that has been applied with a number of small metal cloisons (wires) then turquoise ground colour and decorated with coloured enamels. The pot has been decorated with sixteen petalled chrysanthemum flowers and a butterfly.
The body is a small short rounded cylindrical pot shape with a deep removable lid, dating from the Meiji period circa 1890. The inside of the lid is painted with a flower design in underglaze cobalt blue.
Totai Shippo is the name given to Japanese cloisonné on ceramics, both on earthenwares and on porcelain. It has a similar appearance to metallic cloisonné ware, with metal cloisons sometimes individually filled with different colours however, some parts of the surface might be left decorated as normal blue and white porcelain, as is done on the inside of the lid of this item.
The base is marked 日本製 造ナ寳㑹社 Nihon seizo Shippo Gaisha ko which translates made in Japan Cloisonne Company.
See The Keramic Art of Japan. London: Sotheran & Co. 1875, 1881, James Lord Bowes and George Ashdown Audsley , also on the the website http://sekiei.nichibun.ac.jp/GAI/ja/detail/?gid=GL008411&hid=448
Takeuchi Chūbei (竹 内 忠 兵衞) Takeuchi Chiubei's porcelain factory, in Nagoya, in the Aichi prefecture of Honshu, Japan. The ceramics shop which opened around 1887 (Meiji 20), only lasted for a few years and closed in Meiji 23 (1890).
In excellent antique condition, no chips, cracks nor restoration some discolouration on the unglazed inside of the lid flange.
Height 2 3/8 inches (8cm)
Diameter 2 1/2 inches (8.4cm)
Weight 162 grammes unpacked.
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