A fine Japanese art nouveau form bronze flower vessel Signed "Yoshi Massa". This lovely Japanese bronze flower vessel usubata was cast in a desireable "gourd" form in a three piece sectional style including an art nouveau drooping leaf motif around its shoulder. It is signed in three places: "Yoshi Massa." Mid to late 19th century. The shoulder and base are fully decorated with leaf. Kyoto was the birthplace both of ikebana and of the bronze flower vessel, and scrolls dating from the second half of the 17th century show the first examples of this most characteristic of Japanese bronze form. With the re-opening of overseas contacts from the 1850’s, traditional styles were combined with the skills of the metal craftsmen and sword smiths in the manufacture of these magnificent showpieces, many of which were displayed at exhibitions in Europe and the United States. (See similar examples illustrated and discussed in the sumptuous book entitled FLOWER BRONZES OF JAPAN by Joe Earle.)
CONDITION: This important Japanese flower bronze is in incredibly fine condition with a beautiful rich patina that comes with age. DIMENSIONS: 10.5” high, 12” diameter top and 6.5" diameter bottom.
Ex private American collection.
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