A large inlaid bronze vase Meiji period

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Lot 3277
A large inlaid bronze vase
Meiji period

Sold for US$ 40,000 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

17 Sep 2013, 13:00 EDT

New York

A large inlaid bronze vase
Meiji period
The tapering ovoid body worked in iroe-tagazogan with a rooster amid blossoming chrysanthemum reversed by flowering peonies below an iroe-honzogan stiff leaf-and-garland band on the sloping shoulder, the wide flaring neck cast in relief with waves and clouds framing dragons centering kotobuki medallions defined in further iroe-honzogan and flanked by a pair of large animal mask-and-ring handles with gold accents, all raised on five supports encircling the pedestal base and profiled to resemble scrolling tendrils, the base inscribed Dai Nihon teikoku Etchu-shu Takaoka Aritame-sha seizo
26 3/4in (67.8cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    William Sargent Ladd (d. 1893) and thence by descent

    The history of casting copper alloys in Takaoka, the provincial capital of Etchu (present day Toyama Prefecture), is reputed to date to the early Edo period, the industry encouraged by the local feudal government as a source of income. Around 1830, new sales venues were developed, extending from Edo city to the northern-most part of the Japanese archipelago, eventually expanding to overseas export markets during the Bakumatsu era.
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