Vase with Chrysanthemums and Birds
Vase with Chrysanthemums and Birds

Vase with Chrysanthemums and Birds

Hayashi Tanigoro (Japanese, active late 19th-early 20th century)
circa 1905
Enameled copper, silver wire
Work : 14 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (37.15 x 16.51 x 16.51 cm)
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Gift of Jeffery and Juli Adelman, selected from the Ghosn Family Art Collection and Worldbridge Art, Inc.
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When the Meiji emperor assumed power in 1868, he initiated a modernization campaign that included incentives for artists to improve their skills and export their products abroad. The cloisonné industry benefitted greatly from new firing techniques and enamel formulas introduced into Japan by a German chemist named Gottfried Wagener (1831-1892). Under Wagener’s influence, Japanese cloisonné production became simultaneously more scientific and more artistic. This vase is an outstanding example of Meiji-era Japanese cloisonné. It was made in the port city of Nagoya by the artist Hayashi Tanigoro. The details of Hayashi’s early life and training are not recorded, but he was presumably a member of the extended Hayashi family that played a leading role in Nagoya’s cloisonné industry from the 1860s onwards. 

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