Fine Japanese Cloisonne Vase with Cranes, Circa 1950

This is a particularly fine example of Japanese cloisonne featuring four beautifully detailed cranes against a black background. The vase had silver rims and is marked "made in Japan". That, together with the old original price tag (6,000 Yen) on the base, suggests to me that the piece probably dates from around 1950. While t is no factory mark on this piece, the quality is equivalent to that of important Japanese cloisonne makers such as Ando Jubei.

The vase measures 6 inches high and about 5 1/4 inches at its widest point. The piece is free of dents or cracks. After a very close inspection, I could only see the slightest evidence of pitting and tiny surface imperfections to the black background, almost imperceptible and too small to show up in a photograph. The silver rim at the top is also tarnished, but can be easily cleaned.

Japanese cloisonne at its best is often very restrained in its decoration, with exquisite wire work and use of enamels. This piece nicely demonstrates that aesthetic approach.