A fine pair of inlaid bronze vases By Kajima Ikkoku II (1846–1925), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1890-1900 (4)

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Lot 302
A fine pair of inlaid bronze vases
By Kajima Ikkoku II (1846–1925), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1890-1900

Sold for £ 43,750 (US$ 54,555) inc. premium
A fine pair of inlaid bronze vases
By Kajima Ikkoku II (1846–1925), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1890-1900
Each of baluster form with waisted neck and outturned mouth and base, the separate stands each supported on six lappet feet, the bronze bodies of the vases intricately worked in gold and gilt inlay and slight relief with details in silver, shibuichi and shakudo, each with a continuous design of rocks, insects and birds (peacock and peahen on one and male and female pheasant on the other), the necks and stands with floral, butterfly and ho-o (phoenix) roundels against a shippo-tsunagi (linked cash) ground, the rim with leaves and tendrils, the bases with floral ornament above a band of key-fret ornament, both signed on the side in cursive characters incised through a gold plaque, the peacock vase signed Mitsutaka with kao and the pheasant vase signed Ikkokusai. Each 38.7cm (15¼in) high incl. stand. (4).

Footnotes

  • Kajima Mitsutaka or Ikkoku II was especially renowned for his work in the nunome-zōgan overlay technique but was also skilled in the more conventional technique of gold inlay in bronze. From 1890, he exhibited frequently both domestically and internationally at major events including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis (1904–5) and the Japan-British Exhibition held in London in 1910, see Oliver Impey and Malcolm Fairley, The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Japanese Art, Vol. 2, Metalwork, London, Kibo Foundation, 1995, cat. no. 45 and Office of the Imperial Japanese Government Commission to the Japan-British Exhibition, An Illustrated Catalogue of Japanese Modern Fine Arts Displayed at the Japan-British Exhibition, London, 1910, Tokyo, The Shimbi Shoin, 1910, cat. nos. 199, 200.
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A fine pair of inlaid bronze vases By Kajima Ikkoku II (1846–1925), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1890-1900 (4)
A fine pair of inlaid bronze vases By Kajima Ikkoku II (1846–1925), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1890-1900 (4)
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