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Antique Japanese Brazier, Bunsei Era by M. Seimin

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Antique Japanese Brazier, Bunsei Era by M. Seimin
The Art and Orchid Gallery's sentoku bronze brazier was cast by Murata Siemin, Japan's most famous ornamental metal worker, during the Bunsei Era (1818-1830) of the Edo Period.[120A, 197B, WEBC, WEBD, WEBE, 32F, WIKG] Murata Siemin initiated the lost wax process for bronze casting in Japan and became its most famous metalworking artist of the 18th Century.[197B] This brazier was made from a type of bronze called sentoku. It contains some zinc, like brass, which gives it a gold color but a satin sheen (not bright like brass).[120A, WEBH) Our antique four-sided brazier has two applied handles with thunder cloud ornament along its edges.[42 I] The square sides are seated on a quatrefoil base with one foot per quadrant. The same thundercloud pattern and fillets separate the sides from the base and meet on the bottom to form the cast 'Murata Seimin' and 'Bunsei Era' marks. The four panel sides contain intricately carved, then cast, diaper containing curved and square patterns as background for a flaming turtle in waves on one side and a flaming running bull on the other side. Seimin frequently sculptured okimonos of tortoise groups.[197B, WEBD, WEBJ, WEBK] The brazier is in very good to better condition. There is some oxidation and malachite layering inside alternating with soot.[157L, 144M] The exterior shows signs of zealous cleaning (as if it were brass) but the gold patina predominates. See marks in photo. References available upon request. Size: ~ 6 5/8" x 6"; weight: ~ 4 pounds;

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