Meiji Period Cloisonne Flower Dish
The Meiji period plate is flower shaped with 5 lobes and a floral motif. It is decorated with two symbolic butterflies surrounded by flowers on a turquoise blue enamel ground. Various colors are displayed including pink, white, green, blue, brown, yellow and rust red. As is common with antique Japanese cloisonne, small dots of enamel border the rim. There is also an inner border of bright blue flowers. Each dot and flower is formed by small wire cloisons artfully filled in with enamel. The cloisons are gilded wires of varies sizes. Coils of gilded wires adorn the background of the dish, as well. The counter-enamel is green and unmarked.
There is a chip to the counter-enamel and there are signs of age and wear, as should be expected.
The plate is small, measuring approximately 3.5 inches.