SILVER WORKS OF ART
A silver okimono of a hawk on a black lacquer tall perch for the tokonoma (tea-room alcove)
The hawk by Shoami Yoshihiro, the lacquer perch by Kanshosai Toyo II, Meiji Period
The bird of prey standing on a detachable lacquered-wood perch from which a sumptuous brocade banner (moveable) is suspended, one wing outstretched in preparation for flight, its feathers chased in kebori, its legs of gilt, its eyes inlaid in gilt with shakudo pupils, signed in an oval silver reserve Yoshihiro; the lacquered-wood stand decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e with overlapping bird feathers scattered over the roiro lacquer ground, the sides and ends of the frame with silver mounts carved entirely with a mass of chrysanthemum flowers in low relief, the lower section of the stand pierced in the form of a stylised hanabishi-mon and embellished in gold togidashi makie-e with crashing waves, signed in gold lacquer Kanshosai Toyo with kao; with double wood storage boxes, the lid of the inner box, titled Ginsei maki-e dai, taka okimono (Silver and maki-e stand, standing object of a hawk), the inside of the lid indicating that the silver hawk on the stand was used for display in the tokonoma and was made by Shoami Yoshihiro as well as detailing that approximately 250 mon (937.5g) and 192 mon (720g) of silver was used for the hawk and the silver mounts of the stand respectively and that the maki-e was decorated by Kanshosai Toyo. The bird 20cm (7 7/8in) high, the stand 52.2cm x 49cm (20 5/8in x 19¼in). (5).