A shibuichi, silver filigree and cloisonné enamel octagonal koro (incense burner) and cover
By Hiratsuka Mohei (born c.1836), Meiji Period
The squat octagonal body supported on eight elaborately-banded scrolled feet, the sides inset with eight square panels decorated with gold-wire translucent enamels details, each panel depicting a coiled dragon, paulownia, ho-o, and a stylised semi-chrysanthemum, reserved on a turquoise-green ground, enamelled with formal floral motifs, between bands of similarly applied enamelled stylised flowers, with inner silver liner, the reticulated cover surmounted with a finial in the form of a vase containing four stylised leafy stems; signed on a gold seal Hiratsuka, the base bearing the original Tomkinson collection label.
11.5cm (4½in) high. (2).