I have just come across an interesting post by Trev some time ago ,under Chinese export and far east trade information,There is a great article there about Namikawa Yasuyuki,who was the best cloissonne maker of his day.
This article was interesting for me as I have had people say that my small kidney shape box is in the Namikawa Stye ,I am now looking to find out if he made this shape box,and if not made by him what other company may have made it ,the Ando company has been mentioned.
I am also curious to find out the age of it,I cleaned it after I bought it. The last 2 images are of the box before cleaning.
The workmanship seems to be quite good to me .The fact that they have gone to the trouble to edge the copper box with brass,the wires around the base are gold or brass and silver wire is used on the top,and the very delicate and fine design around the sides ,to me are signs that a lot of care was taken.
If members do not know his work this piece may be similar ,although he was mainly known for his amazing ,spectacular vases.
He was also the inventor of the material that is on the top of my box,called goldstone or aventurine.Probably with the help of a German chemist
Size is 11x7x5cm