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Artist: Ogasawara Takajirō (Japanese)

Date: c. 1906
Medium: Bronze, cloisonné enamel
Overall: 14 1/2 x 8in. (36.8 x 20.3cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Joseph Rudd
Object number: 58.287
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A large enameled vase, probably from the workshop of Ogasawara Takijirō, exhibits further technological developments in enameling and is similar to an example exhibited at the 1905 Exposition Universelle in Liège. Bright orange and muddy brown koi, rendered in wireless cloisonné, swim across a shimmering turquoise background of ginbari enamel.  Ogasawara Takijirō was the celebrated master of ginbari, also called basse-taille, a technique in which the copper surface of the bowl is covered with a thin sheet of silver foil, usually with a repoussé or stippled design. Transparent or translucent enamel covers the foil, creating a sparkling effect as it lightens and darkens over the foil’s depressions and ridges. Although European and American enamellers did not adopt ginbari, or foil, technique for their own works, in the late nineteenth and twentieth century French and Russian makers such as Fabergé, used the process of manipulating the metal support beneath the enamel to create interplays of light and shadow.