A naturalistically rendered bronze okimono of a wild boar bounding forward, his limbs, whip-like tail, fur, features and tusks rendered with meticulous attention. (This wild beast illustrates the honored position animal life holds in Japanese art.) This okimono is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Length: 15" Meiji Period, Japan
A pair of bronze, copper-patinated hibachi (braziers) of modified globular form. With extensive incised detailing of stylized peony scroll work on the bodies, the pieces have dramatic handles formed as bats, their opened wings executed in shakudo. (Bats form part of the cultural and aesthetic repertoire of East Asia and are associated with good fortune and happiness.) These fine pieces are signed Issa saku on the bases and include individual tomobako. Very good condition with minimal wear...
A slim, tapered bronze vase with silver mounts and beautifully chiseled waterfalls cascading down rugged mountainsides. Rocky cragwork at the base of the vase add drama to its poetic vision. Motoki gold signature plaque on base. This elegant bronze vase is in very good condition, an excellent example of Meiji metalwork. Height: 12”, width: 4” Meiji Period, Japan
An excellent bronze and gilt study of a reclining puppy resting his paw upon a bale of twigs, several still in his mouth. The remarkable execution of this adorable piece, the soulful facial expression in its gilt eyes, the realistic rendering of the animal’s fur and the perfectly accurate delineation of the puppy’s nether side, speaks of bronze okimono at its best. Yoshimasa’s engraved signature on base. Width: 6”, length: 6” Meiji Period, Japan
A tall bronze vase of tapered form overlaid with gold, silver, bronze and shakudo on a polished copper-patinated surface. A dramatic sea bream chiseled in high relief with naturalistic detailing swims with intent toward a school of innocent small fish. This extraordinary bronze vase is in excellent condition with neither damage nor restoration. Height: 13”, width: 7” Meiji Period, Japan
A massive, copper-splashed bronze vase with flared neck and globular body. Schools of koi, finely crafted in high relief, scramble over each other, some partially submerged beneath the water. Excellent chiseling and high-relief work add to the activity of the koi in the turbulent waters. (In Japanese symbolism, the carp (koi) is portrayed swimming upwards, cresting over foamy waters or against the currents of a waterfall...
A fantastically cast two-piece bronze koro in the form of a Buddhist lion wearing an elaborate jeweled collar. The lion poses on four powerful, muscular legs with open mouth, pierced eyes and nose and flame-like tail. Signature cartouche on the underside reads "Kyukosai Yoshikatsu," its tomobako reads Chudo Karagishi koro Tou To Kyukosai Yoshikatsu Zo" with seal. This bronze koro is in excellent condition with no dents, damage or restoration. Height: 6" Meiji Period, Japan
This is an extraordinary bronze vase reminiscent of the shapes of ancient Chinese bronzes. It boasts an unusual foliate pierced trumpet neck, architectural handles and lobed globular body. Coiled about the neck, a powerful dragon is carved in the round, each scale well defined. This large, strong bronze exhibits wonderful patination in a broad color spectrum - in greens, reds and various shades of brown. It is in excellent condition with no scratches, dents or restoration. Height: 24"...
A massive solid silver and multi-metal charger, its ground bronze-patinated, its engraved border, gold-washed. In high relief, a huge silver hawk with shakudo eyes and gold beak hovers over agitated waters and spume, eyeing enameled sharp-toothed sea creatures among the waves. In overall very good condition. Diameter, 24". Meiji Period.
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A set of fuchi-kashira executed in bronze and overlaid with gold, silver, shakudo and copper. Portrayed here are two legendary figures in Japanese folklore as they clash in the epic story of Benkei and Ushiwaka (young Yoshitsune), the figures sculpted in high relief on the top and sides of the fuchi-kashira. On the kashira, Benkei, the strongman of Japan, waits on a bridge for his worthy rival, Ushiwaka, who, by the light of the moon, leaps in-mid-air, sword drawn...
A simple elegant bronze vase of ovoid form designed with exquisitely-modeled vines and leaves cascading down its side. Hints of gilt nunome zogan on the leaves and the small handles along the neck add style and zest to this lovely piece. This bronze vase is in excellent condition with the incised signature of Yoshitani on the base. Height: 8” Meiji Period, Japan
An impressive patinated bronze and multi-metal okimono of a predatory hawk crouched over a craggy outcrop. Within an opening in the outcrop, a frightened macaque takes refuge. The sculpture, perched upon an elaborate stand, is finely inlaid with silver, gold and copper, highlighting the bird’s feathers, eyes and the expressive face of the monkey. This lively depiction of nature is in excellent condition. Height: 7.5” Meiji Period, Japan