Jump to content


Photo

Collecting Utsushimono?


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Jussi Ekholm

Jussi Ekholm

    Jo Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 995 posts
  • LocationTampere, Finland

Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:04 PM

As we have been talking sometimes what kind of focus people have in their collecting etc. I'm quite curious if someone happens to be collecting or knows someone that collects mainly utsushimono?

 

I've sometimes wondered that and now that Ray & Jean posted few nice ones recently it came back to me. Here are few examples to get this going.

 

Koryu-Kagemitsu - http://www.tsurugino...1_3/a00487.html

Sohayanotsurugi - http://www.tsurugino...1_3/a00489.html

Sanchoumou - http://www.samuraisw...Tachi/index.htm

 


  • Brian, Jean, Alex A and 1 other like this

Jussi Ekholm


#2 BIG

BIG

    Sai Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 1,708 posts

Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:25 PM

Very hard to find them...https://markussesko....nterpretations/

Like the true copies from the Naotane school. A la mode shogun, when the Soden-Bizen declared best, Kanemitsu/Kagemitsu utsushi
had a big market, so you find them even in our times to collect...

Best
  • Jean and Alex A like this
Peter Reusch

Dai ichi - dai man - dai kichi

#3 raymondsinger

raymondsinger

    Juyo

  • Members
  • 2,946 posts
  • LocationUnited States

Posted 07 November 2017 - 09:34 PM

The answer is surprisingly yes. I met someone who is a serious gendai collector, and he focuses on very special pieces. Special order, those having historical significance and a subset of his collection are WW2 era gendai utushimono. To name few of these unusual and rare pieces are a copy of Nikkari Aoe by Horii Toshihide and a copy of a Bungo Yukihira by a Yasukuni smith (including Yukihira horimono). There is also a very faithful Norishige utushimono by Shibata Ka, which I suspect may have been based on an actual Norishige he owned (Ka purportedly had an impressive collection himself).


  • Brian, Jean, Jussi Ekholm and 4 others like this

#4 Jussi Ekholm

Jussi Ekholm

    Jo Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 995 posts
  • LocationTampere, Finland

Posted 09 November 2017 - 02:48 PM

Awesome to hear Ray.


Jussi Ekholm


#5 Jussi Ekholm

Jussi Ekholm

    Jo Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 995 posts
  • LocationTampere, Finland

Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:42 PM

Reviving an old thread as I happened to accidentally stumble to Koryū-Kagemitsu utsushi by Yoshihara Yoshindo. Woweh...

 

Very good quality picture in the link: https://heiseimeitok...blade/384_1.jpg

 

Also last year at Samurai Art Expo there was the Kogarasu-Maru utsushi by Sadakatsu: https://japanartexpo...ion-highlights/

 

I can't really explain why I find these extremely fascinating.


  • cisco-san and Greg F like this

Jussi Ekholm


#6 Ken-Hawaii

Ken-Hawaii

    Tokubetsu Juyo

  • Members
  • 4,026 posts
  • LocationKaneohe, Hawaii, USA

Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:51 PM

Maybe it's fascinating because we might be able to afford one of these? :rotfl:


  • Lance likes this

Ken Goldstein

 

Anyone can be tough for a season,

but it takes a special kind of human to rise to life's challenges for a lifetime.


#7 Rivkin

Rivkin

    Jo Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 294 posts
  • LocationUSA

Posted 25 September 2019 - 08:54 PM

What always puzlled me with utsushi-mono is that vis-a-vis Soshu they do hint towards something not yet well understood or accepted.

Hocho Masamune is a form very unique to Masamune, a prized specimen, there are quite a few of those found in different collections.

Yet, and this is a question - when do we see the first hocho utsushi? There are quite many gendai ones, including pre WWII. There is a Meiji example.

But nothing substantially earlier than that (I hope to be corrected here if someone knows an exception to this).

Despite significant numbers of Hasebe, Akihiro and Sadamune utsushi.

 

Kirill R.



#8 Jussi Ekholm

Jussi Ekholm

    Jo Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 995 posts
  • LocationTampere, Finland

Posted 30 September 2019 - 10:41 PM

I've been bumping into lot of really nice ones lately.

 

Here is a historical copy Atagi Sadamune (now missing meibutsu) by shodai Yasutsugu

 

IMG_20190926_204255.jpg

 

And here is a modern copy of Kokuhō Heshigiri Hasebe

http://www.nipponto....s5/NT329704.htm

 


  • Vermithrax16 likes this

Jussi Ekholm


#9 Ken-Hawaii

Ken-Hawaii

    Tokubetsu Juyo

  • Members
  • 4,026 posts
  • LocationKaneohe, Hawaii, USA

Posted 01 October 2019 - 02:15 AM

Wow, Jussi! That's a really good Hasabe utsushi. Sure wish I could buy the original for that much!


Ken Goldstein

 

Anyone can be tough for a season,

but it takes a special kind of human to rise to life's challenges for a lifetime.


#10 Wim V

Wim V

    Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 103 posts
  • LocationBelgium

Posted 01 October 2019 - 11:42 AM

At the last NBTHK-EB meeting in Bonn, we had the fortunate opportunity to study a Sadamune-utsushi daito by Gassan Sadakazu, made in Meiji 39 (1906).  The blade was in katakiriba-zukuri with an incredible amount of Soshu-style hataraki, really an exceptional and wonderful piece.  On top of that the sword also had a magnificent dragon horimono, skillfully executed by Sadakazu (hori-do saku).  According to the owner this is one of only 3 pieces by Sadakazu that have been awarded Juyo Token status.  Unfortunately I don't have a picture or oshigata, but it received Juyo in the 61st shinsa, so people who own the zufu of that session can find the oshigata.

 

To answer the original question however: in this case the owner doesn't specialize in utsushi-mono, but he definitely consistently aims for very high quality.


  • Curran likes this
Wim V

#11 Surfson

Surfson

    Sai Jo Saku

  • Members
  • 1,907 posts
  • LocationChicago, IL, USA

Posted 05 October 2019 - 06:55 PM

Interesting question Jussi.  Though I don't specifically collect utsushimono, I have some, including a Masamune copy made by Gassan Sadakazu that is labeled as such, and a Yamato utsushi by Naotane that has been discussed on NMB in the past.


  • Stephen likes this
Robert S.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

IPB Skin By Virteq