Posted 4 months ago
I have owned this piece for 5 years. This plate was crusted with black oxidation on it's wires when acquired. I cleaned it to help identifying it. The enamels have discolored and become pitted over time. The colors used correspond to what was available mid 19th century.
I can't decide if this is Chinese or Japanese cloisonne. The metals used are bronze, the small plate or dish is heavy with thick coating of enamel and wires on both sides.
At this time, Japanese cloisonne was made with copper, was flimsy and crude. Nothing like this piece.
There is a similar dish in the Phoenix Art Museum, part of the 1980s Clague Chinese Cloisonne Collection.
The red circle mark is unknown, never seen on either Chinese or Japanese cloisonne pieces of that period.
When Japanese marks were applied they were usually blue or green enamel on the base of cloisonne items.
The subject matter on the other hand is Japanese, the colors of green with a butterfly and daisies is more likely from Japan.
Anybody have an idea?