Cloisonné is an enamelling technique whereby fine wires are used to outline the decorative areas into which enamel paste is applied before the object is fired and polished. Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845–1927) was one of Meiji-period Japan’s foremost makers of cloisonné enamels of the highest standards. The designs on his later work tend to be pictorial and consist mainly of scenes from nature and views of landmarks in and around Kyoto. All these pieces are intricately decorated with silver and gold wire and the subtle shaded enamels, which made Yasuyuki’s work expensive and desirable. a discovery of designs in the archives of the Namikawa Yasuyuki Museum in Kyoto indicate that Tata commissioned work from Namikawa.
Mark: Kyoto Namikawa
Silver body with cloisonné enamel decoration in silver wire
Meiji period (1868–1912)