A fine mixed metal koro and cover with Sho-Kwannon finial Unsigned, Meiji Period, probably circa 1880
Lot 422
A fine mixed metal koro and cover with Sho-Kwannon finial Unsigned, Meiji Period, probably circa 1880
£25,000 - 30,000
US$ 42,000 - 50,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A fine mixed metal koro and cover with Sho-Kwannon finial
Unsigned, Meiji Period, probably circa 1880
Decorated with two panels of kacho-ga in iroe takazogan, one panel depicting a pair of red-capped tsuru flying beside plum blossom and other floral designs, the other panel, similar, decorated with sparrows in flight beside a perched bird-of-prey, a flower basket and hanging tree foliage, each end designed with an angular handle decorated in gold nunomezogan with floral and linear motifs
21in (53cm) high (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Barry Davies Oriental Art.

    Remarkably for a vessel of this quality, no maker's or studio mark is apparent. Large koro, of course, are well known in this genre. Compare, for instance, the 49cm. example signed Dai Nihon Tokyo Tekkodo zo, attributed to Kajima Ikkoku II for the Tekkodo Company [illustrated No. 40 in Metalwork Part 1 of the Khalili Collection].

    The lack of attribution here underlines the high level of expectation required by the new metalwork companies. How proficient was the design and skill to be before an artist or trading company gave a signature or mark to it? It speaks volumes for the ability of Japan's metalworkers to re-invent the direction of their craftsmanship, following the famous Haitorei Decree of 1876.
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