The metal vase applied with an opaque muted-green enamel, embellished to each side with playful flocks of sparrows descending in flight in silver and gold cloisonné enamel, the based and rim of the jar decorated with floral detail and a band of lattice-work, to a silver ring, the gilt base engraved with the mark for Hayashi Kodenji (1831-1915), circa 1900, Japan. Total weight 250g.
There are two similar covered enamel jar by Hayashi Kodenji in The MET Museum in New York, one featuring sparrows in flight and the other with starlings.
Hayashi Kodenji was one of the most well-known cloisonné artists in Japan during the Meiji period. Kodenji set up an independent cloisonné workshop in Nagoya in 1862 where he trained other craftsmen. It is rare to find work by Hayashi Kodenji himself. The gold wire cloisonné enamel work is exceptionally fine and the tones of this covered jar particularly beautiful.