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    Sergei Varshavsky

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  1. Pete, this was most helpful! Thank you very much indeed.
  2. That's what I found at Nihon Tō Kōza, Volume VI / Japanese Sword / Kodōgu Part 1, page 231: Enju Kunihide, a tōshō from Higo: "...forging of the jigane is excellent, and there are also pieces with mokume hada." Cannot find this Kunihide anywhere. When did he live?
  3. I had this tsuba for quite a few months, I found similar in books, and I was sure it was a kamakura-bori piece of late Muromachi period, ca. 1400-1550. It was even papered. Recently, I acquired a look alike tsuba, also attributed to kamakura-bori style by the seller, a knowledgeable person. The second tsuba, however, was signed Kunihide, whoever he was, and had clear mokume treatment of the surface. Now, there are two similar pieces in books: 1) Dr. Walter A. Compton Collection, 1992, Christie’s auction, Part II, pp. 14-15, №16: “A kamakurabori type tsuba, Muromachi period, circa 1400. The thin, six-lobed iron plate is carved on each side with a wide groove that follows the shape of the rim, and with six scroll lines and a single thin circular groove. […] The hitsu-ana was added at a later date, circa 1500-1550. Height 8.3 cm, width 8.6 cm, thickness 2.5 mm. The tsuba was initially intended to be mounted on a tachi of the battle type in use from Nambokucho to early Muromachi period (1333-1400)”. 2) Robert E. Haynes Catalog #9 on page 24-25 under №23: “Typical later Kamakura-bori style work. This type of plate and carving show the uniform work produced by several schools in the Muromachi period. Some had brass inlay and others were just carved as this one is. The hitsu are later. Ca. 1550. Ht. 8.8 cm, Th. 3.25 mm”. A question I would like to address to community is: How come a kamakura-bori tsuba got a signature and mokume surface treatment?
  4. svarsh

    School And Age

    Speaking of cricket's antennae, what about this one? At list I hope this one is not a modern fake...
  5. svarsh

    School And Age

    Steven, you are surely right, they are very different. And mine is different to theirs. That's why I am asking your opinion: which school/age is my piece?
  6. svarsh

    School And Age

    I've seen it, of course, Mauro. I trust Christie's, though we all make mistakes, including Christie's.
  7. svarsh

    School And Age

    Thanks Mauro. I will keep it under Akasaka, as you suggested. Though, this is what some have said: Japanese Swords and Sword Fittings from the Collection of Dr. Walter Ames Compton (Part I). Christie's, New York, March 31, 1992, pp. 28-29, № 53: "A Tosa Myochin School Tsuba. Edo period (circa 1750), signed Toshu ju Kuniyoshi saku . The round iron plate pierced with a design of a temple gate (torii) and a pine tree. It has a round rim and there are some carved details on the surface of the design. The Tosa Myochin school, despite its foundation in the classic Myochin armor school tradition, worked mainly in the style of Akasaka school of Edo. [...] Many are equal to the mid to later Akasaka school work and the two types have frequently been confused. Signed examples are rare. Estimated price $1,500-2,000."
  8. svarsh

    School And Age

    Hi Peter, The tsuba you mention as dote mimi "katchushi" was purchased at Hartman Rare Art in New York. It has a collection accession number. I understand that both pieces of circumstantial evidence (old reputable dealer and collector's mark) may lead us into the woods, but still I would prefer to think that it is an old and nice piece. What I like the most is that one antenna of the bug is inlaid and the other is carved out, and that which is carved and which is inlaid alternates on the face and the reverse.
  9. svarsh

    School And Age

    Which one, Chris? The torii and pines? I don't think it's new. I bought it in Japan from a reputable dealer.
  10. svarsh

    School And Age

    Thank you Alex. Very helpful. Please give me a link to your website.
  11. svarsh

    School And Age

    No, Alex. None of my pieces is from my grandfather's collection. All of my pieces we acquired in last 5 years. I started collecting in 2013. The torii and pine tsuba was purchased in Tokyo in 2014. Sergei
  12. svarsh

    School And Age

    OK, I got no response on my previous request. Let's see if I get any luck with this one: Myochin or Akasaka? Or something else? Looking forward to hearing from you. Sergei
  13. svarsh

    School And Age

    A couple of tsuba that I cannot attribute. Please help. Thank you. Sergei
  14. I asked Grey before I placed my request here.
  15. I would like to buy Owari to Mikawa No Tanko book, even a xerox copy would suffice. Please contact me if you have a copy to sell. Sergei
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