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A Pair of Japanese Cloisonné Vases

By the Ando Workshop, Meiji Period, circa 1890

Worked in copper wire and various coloured cloisonné enamels on a pale grey ground with crabs among reeds, silver mounts, mark of the Ando Workshop

Each vase: 14 ½ in (37 cm) high
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At the 1900 Paris Exhibition, Gallé exhibited a similar commode called Ipomoea, which was well received, and is now in the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Its exhibition inspired the commission of the present commode, Nocturne, for the important collector Henry Hirsch of Nancy. Hirsch did not like the discrete marquetry on the Ipomoea commode, so requested something different. The same framework was used but the morning glories on the broad panels of the Ipomoea were replaced by chrysanthemums and a mother-of-pearl butterfly. It is believed that no other Nocturne commode was ever made and this piece can be regarded as an undiscovered treasure.