Japanese pair of cloisonné enamel vases finely worked in silver wires with a sparrow in flight and the other sparrow perched on hibiscus branches in bloom, on a dark blue ground applied with copper gilt mounts signed with the Itō Soemon mark, Meiji period (1868-1912).
The artist won a silver medal at the Chicago Exposition in 1893 and at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904 for his cloisonne’ work.
Reference: ‘The Art of Japanese Cloisonné Enamel: History, Techniques and Artists, 1600 to the Present’, by Frederich T. Schneider, North Carolina, 2010, pg.247, no. 86.
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