Vintage Inaba Japanese Cloisonne Round Lidded Box (#54-9)

Vintage Inaba Japanese Cloisonne Round Lidded Box (#54-9)

This estate piece is a vintage Japanese cloisonné round lidded box or trinket box made by Inaba. Decorated in an elaborate floral display of bright colors, leaves and branches, the wire work and enameling on this piece is impressive. The cloisons vary from fish scales, to leaves or stars to curly "snails" - this artist was very creative. The colors in the flowers are soft yet eye catching on the medium blue background. This box has what appears to be nickel silver rims on the base lip and on the lid edges. The interior and bottom are black enamel.

This piece is marked with the Inaba hallmark on the black enamel bottom. Inaba was started in Kyoto in 1887 by Inaba Isshin, a former samurai who began working with enamels in 1875. It operated until 1990. Inaba was considered one of the better known cloisonné studios in Japan. We were unable to date this piece of Inaba cloisonné but it appears to have considerable age. White areas are glare from the lights.

Dimension/size - This round piece stands about 2.25" tall and is about 3.75" in diameter. The base is about 1.75" in diameter. It weighs right at eight ounces.

Condition - While this piece has no serious condition issues or damage, there are tiny pits in the enamel and some uneven enamel
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