Masterful Exuberance
Meiji Period Works of Art from a Private Collection (Lots 1-51)

Two Bronze Vases and Two Pairs of Bronze Vases
Signed Kaneyoshi (first), Nogawa mark and Sukemitsu (second), Hidekuni (third) and Iida sei (fourth), Meiji period (late 19th century)
The first, a pair of vases, each incised and inlaid in silver, copper and gilt with long-tailed chickens in blossoming plum branches
The second, a vase inlaid in silver, patinated silver and gilt with an egret perched in a plum branch
The third, a pair of vases, each engraved and inlaid in copper and gilt with a Torii gate and temple among pine trees
The fourth, a vase inlaid in silver, copper and gilt with red capped cranes amongst the reeds
Each 18.5cm. high (first), 16.5cm. (second), each 15cm. high (third), 10cm. high (fourth)

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Lot Essay

The man behind this collection was an incurable collector who loved art. He was particularly interested in the patina of objects, in multi-coloured bronzes, and in the juxtaposition of media – bronze, enamel and lacquer. He appreciated the details, intricate nature of the decoration and effort required to create each object. His aim was to create a diverse Meiji art collection, of objects created by artisans who were long gone, from a period and country very foreign to his own.

The Nogawa trade label is for reference only and not included in this lot.

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