Beautiful Meiji period Japanese koro / censer. Each lobe is decorated with a symbolic butterfly or goldstone flower balls on a black enamel ground. Various colors are displayed including pink, white, green, blue, brown, and rust red.
As is common with antique Japanese cloisonne, small dots of enamel border the lid, upper and bottom rims and also surround the three goldstone flower balls. Each dot 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 box, as well. The interior enamel is turquoise. The base is without enamel and unmarked.
In good condition but unfortunately missing lid.