An elegant roiro-nuri shodana,

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Lot 236
An elegant roiro-nuri shodana,

Sold for £ 4,230 (US$ 5,469) inc. premium

Asian Art

17 Sep 2003, 10:30 BST

London, Knightsbridge

An elegant roiro-nuri shodana,
with a typical arrangement of shelves, decorated in gold hiramakie with scrolling foliage beside the mon of the Tokugawa and Maeda families, 114.5cm./45in. high x 97cm./38.25in. wide x 46cm./18in. deep, 19th Century [damage]

Footnotes

  • The combination of Tokugawa and Maeda mon here is significant, recalling the double links of marriage between the two families. Not only was Maeda Toshitsune [1593-1658] betrothed to a daughter of Tokugawa Hidetada [1579-1632], but Maeda Toshinaga [1562-1614] married a daughter of the first Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu [1542-1616]. In the formative years of the Bakufu, such matches were vital to the establishment and maintenance of Tokugawa power. On behalf of Ieyasu, Toshinaga, had endeavoured unsuccessfully to prevent civil strife, joining the campaign against Uesugi Kagekatsu [1555-1623] who had served both Nobunaga and Hideyoshi before taking the field against Ieyasu. Toshinaga further maintained Ieyasu's good will after Sekigahara in 1600, eventually achieving an income of 1,250,000 koku, said to be the largest income of any Daimyo during the Tokugawa Period. Toshinaga built a castle at Kanazawa in Kaga Province, a place eventually to become famous for the purchase of Kutani porcelain. Even Murray's 'Handbook for Travellers in Japan' [1913] calls the Maeda 'richest of all the Daimyos'; little wonder that Ieyasu agreed to align his family with them.
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