Here is a fine Japanese "tree bark" technique vase; a subcategory of totai shippo (cloisonné enamel artworks which a ceramic, earthenware or porcelain body or foundation is utilized). The highlight of the work are the numerous flowering blossoms and leaves worked in various shades of reddish-orange and green enamel. On the back, there are three butterflies flying about. As in other Okamoto works, the background is finished with a highly textured surface which provides a stark contrast to the enameled floral decorations. The vase in excellent antique condition considering its age with only minimal surface abrasions or scratches. Please refer to the images provided. This exact piece is illustrated on page 90 in Chapter 12, "Totai Shippo, " cloisonne enamel in which a ceramic, earthenware or porcelain body or foundation is utilized, in "Japanese Cloisonne Enamels; A Private Collector's Notes and Reference Guide, " by Gary Yoshino. Overall, a bright and vibrant example of a very rare technique that was only produced for very a short time.
The height of this vase is approximately 4.25 inches Please view the Pictures for a detailed look and Description. The width of this vase at the midportion is approximately 4.5 inches.