Japanese Metalwork & Cloisonne


A cast and cold-chiseled bronze okimono of a family of two clambering minogame tortoises on a rock formation, dotted with reishi fungi clusters and mosses; recessed cast seal mark with four character signature in relief by Ryuki (art signature of Nogami Tatsuoki who taught at the Tokyo School of Fine Art in Meiji/Taisho period; he was renowned for his tortoise castings); bronze; 19th century; late Edo period; Japan. 15.5 inches (39.4 cm) long.


A fine bronze Koro in the form of a falcon, perching on a ume or peach stump, with budding and blossoming prunus; realistic texture of the tree bark and flowers with superb details of the bird's feather; inlaid eyes with shakudo wash; the lid on the back with puffed up feather for smoke vent; bronze; 19th century; Meiji period; Japan. 12.75 inches (32.4 cm) high.



A bronze ovoid-form waisted-neck sentoku vase with iro-e honzogan and takazogan (mixed-metal inlays and overlays) of a magpie perched on a bamboo stem amidst poppies, a butterfly, and exotic shrubs; a border of stylized cicada wings in iro-e honzogan encircle the mouthrim; applique of maker's emblem with silver-inlaid mark; 19th century; Japan. 14 inches (35.6 cm) high.


A bronze bird cage hanger, the hook portion cast with gilded entwining flowering gourd veins; suspended from a signed circular plaque with cast and gilded cranes and lingzhi in pine forest; Meiji period(1868-1912); Japan; 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) long.



Silver; rare and superb silverreticulated vase; enamelled wisteria traverses the vessel with filigree floral motifs and cloud bands; stamped mark in rectangular cartouche; Meiji; Japan. 11.3 inches (28.6 cm) high.


Fan-shaped Kogo with etched waves and mixed metal applique of eggplant and sakura with coral; Meiji period (1868-1912); Japan; 2.9 inches (7.4 cm) long.


 A cloisonne tulip form vase with silver wire used for design of exotic blossoming flowers; silver mouthrim and footrim with stamped mark; silver inlaid mark of Ando; cloisonne; Meiji period (1868-1912); Japan. 14.5 inches (36.8 cm) high.


Last updated 06/09/2003   Zhou Yi