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A series of fittings ( or how not to build a collection )

Bob M.

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Item No. 60  Iron tsuba with remnants of gold highlighting  6.6 cm x 6.4 cm x 6.1 mm


Heavy , smoothly finished , nice tactile piece of iron , thinner in centre , deep chocolate brown patina - well made no fuss piece , unsigned


Item No. 61 Iron Tsuba with brass inlay 8.32 cm diameter x 4.3 mm thick


Cartwheel ? shape with brass inlays , all complete...   Any thoughts as to its origins gratefully received.


Both items from a large auction lot purchased some 4 years ago.





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Item No. 62 - Iron Tsuba with gold highlighting - 7.1 cm dia. x 0.45 cm thick


Choshu Tsuba of typical design ,  signed   -   Coshu Hagi ju Kaneko Jurobei nojo Yukinaka   -   Kaneko school around 1700 - Haynes 12435 ?


Nicely worked piece with good overall colour and patina - much darker in hand than in pictures


Ex Paul de Coninck Collection

Ex Ivan Lepage Collection

Ex Deutz van Chouiek Collection


Purchased from a European Auction 8 years ago.



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Choshu Hagi ju Kaneko Jurobei Yukinaka - I always thought Choshu to be underrated - they did have some very good pieces, although the general ones are indeed so-so.
Of the Kaneko family. He was called Jurobei son of Yukishige. He was skilled at carving plants and flowers. He used a somewhat wide mimi and carefully and tastefully inlaid gold.


Kaneko school lineage (yours is the 2nd gen)

Other example of the same maker:

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Item No. 63  Iron tsuba with gold inlay - 8.13 cm x 72.4 cm x 0.47 cm


Modern made tsuba by Ford Hallam , about 14 years ago , subject of Orchids against a textured background , reminiscent of Natsuo style.


A few views under different lighting conditions.








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Item No. 64 Large Iron Tsuba with Gold  8.47 cm x 7.86 cm x 0.50 cm


Subject of Sukashi Dragons in a field of gold key pattern inlay , unsigned. The inlay continues around the mimi , dragons' eyes are gold .


Unknown age or school ,  described by Auction House as dating to approx 1780 , ie 240 years old...


Bought a few years ago at a European Auction.





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Item No. 65 - Menuki in shakudo


Subject - Views of Mount Fuji with clouds and sailing boats in the foreground


With signature Furakawa Mototaka  - according to Sesko's Genealogies , Oyama/Sekijoken School ( Mito )


Nicely made  , unfussy pair of Menuki


Bought from Japanese Dealer 10 years ago.





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Hi Bob,


Nice Fuji-san and boats menuki on item #65!  Both Haynes and Sesko say that this artist's name is better read as "Genchin" instead of Mototaka (although both say that some other sources do read it that way or as Motoyoshi).  Also, in my Sesko (Toso-Kinko Schools), he doesn't have this artist in Mito or the Oyama/Sekijoken School.   Instead he is an Edo artist who studied with Yokoya Somin.  Haynes says he lived in the early 1700's, and while he did a lot of Somin-type katakiribori early on, he eventually started his own style and school.  Here's a picture.




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Re Item No. 65


Thanks for all the comments and help on this .


It would appear then , that the menuki date from around 1710 ( again , much earlier than I had thought ) and their maker started the Furakawa school.


According to Sesko's Genealogies , whichever way you interpret the signature , there is a route back to a Yokoya - maybe a root route ? ( Sorry )


Yet again , items showing  hidden attributes that reward  research.

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Item No. 66 - Kozuka in shakudo and gold with copper and silver


Subject - New Year with a Buriburi on wheels and wakamisu scene on reverse ( first drawn water of New Year )


Superior quality all round with miniature nanako  , inlays on the Buriburi etc. 


Signed Akichika  , with kao ( Kono school )  - as a  student of Haruaki Hogen ( famed for his incredible attention to detail ) the level of workmanship is  , perhaps , not surprising.


From a European auction about 4 years ago


Scale on close up pictures of nanako is in millimetres






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Item No. 67 - Iron Tsuba with gold and copper details   6.33 cm x 5.93 cm x 0.54-0.96 cm


Subject of wasp emerging from cavity in tree - unsigned ,  thought to be Nara school - any ideas ?


Beautifully detailed piece , texturing on tree bark is particularly well done.


Bought from an American dealer 10-12 years ago.









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Item No. 68 - Fuchi Kashira in shakudo with gold, copper, silver and shakudo iroe-takazogan inlays


Subject of insects and wild plants on a field of fine nanako


Signed   Horie Okiyoshi saku


Nicely produced fuchi kashira with much detailing on plants and insects .


Horie school was started by Shozui ( Hamano ) and Teruhide which would probably date this work to early 1800s.


ex Lundgren Collection no. 253



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Item No. 69   - Kozuka in shibuichi with gold , silver , copper and shakudo


Subject of crane and pine , with rising sun on rear.


The shibuichi ground has almost an iridescence , from the silver content . Another of these pieces that glow in the hand , very difficult to portray through photos.


Signature -  Tomei with kao .


The kozuka was taken to Japan in 2009 , when we visited the DTI and a TKK gathering , to canvas opinions on this and some other pieces , amongst other things. Three Japanese sensei looked at it and said that they could not decide on authenticity and it should be sent to shinsa . I asked them not to be just polite about it , but they said they weren't and really could not decide - I still think they were being polite about it...


As usual , any help with Wakayama images or other pointers would be gratefully received - Thanks !


Hopefully these pictures will give an idea of the quality of workmanship.










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