A MIXED-METAL MODEL OF AN OX-CART, CONTAINING A KORO (INCENSE-BURNER) By Nakagawa Joeki IX (1849-1911), Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century (7)

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Lot 402*
A MIXED-METAL MODEL OF AN OX-CART, CONTAINING A KORO (INCENSE-BURNER)
By Nakagawa Joeki IX (1849-1911), Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century

£ 15,000 - 18,000
US$ 19,000 - 22,000
A MIXED-METAL MODEL OF AN OX-CART, CONTAINING A KORO (INCENSE-BURNER)
By Nakagawa Joeki IX (1849-1911), Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century
Modelled as a gissha (courtly ox-cart) with large wheels, long poles, curtains, detachable hipped roof, and detachable steps, mostly made from shakudo alloy decorated in gold and silver, the roof with chiselled decoration in silver representing two ho-o birds among paulownia leaves and blossoms, the shakudo components imitating black lacquer and with flowers and tendrils in gilding imitating gold lacquer, the interior of both carriage and lid gilded; containing a gilt-metal koro (incense burner) and silver hoya (pierced lid) of lobed rectangular form, each side of the gilded koro engraved with chrysanthemum and paulownia crests, the hoya pierced with ho-o birds and paulownia; the lid signed inside Kyusei Joeki tsukuru (made by Joeki IX); with wood tomobako storage box inscribed by Joeki X (Shoshin, 1880-1940) Udo goshoguruma koro migi Kyusei Joeki saku utagai naki no mono nari Showa tsuchinoe-tatsu santo Nakagawa Joeki shiki (This shakudo incense-burner in the shape of a court carriage is without doubt a work by Nakagawa Joeki IX, recorded by Nakagawa Joeki [X], winter 1928) and sealed Jusei Shoshin (Shoshin, X); and with a further inscribed wooden storage box. 23.5cm x 16.6cm x 38.6cm (9¼in x 6½in x 15¼in). (7).

Footnotes

  • Ninth head of a lineage of Kyoto artists who had specialized mainly in making utensils for the tea ceremony, Nakagawa Joeki received the support of the Mitsui family to compensate for the loss of traditional patronage during the Meiji era and turned to creating highly accomplished ornaments such as this lot.
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