Fri, 3rd Dec 2021 13:00

Fine Japanese Art

 
  Lot 41
 

41

TOSHIHIKO: A FINE MIXED METAL OBIDOME (SASH CLIP) WITH PLUM BLOSSOM

By Toshihiko, signed Toshihiko
Japan, first half of 20th century

Finely worked in shibuichi, copper, and gold as a plum (ume) blossom and bud. Note the very finely worked gold stamen. Signed to the side TOSHIHIKO. With an old cord for the attachment to the obi (sash).

LENGTH 2.9 cm
WEIGHT 8 g

Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear.
Provenance: French private collection.

The artist is probably the one listed in the Haynes Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists on page 2040 (H 10354.0) with the remark: “a student and connoisseur of the Goto school and an exponent of its methods.”

The obidome (sash clips) are miniature mixed metal clips which were mounted to the obi (sash) with the help of a cord. Like kagamibuta netsuke and kanamono they were fashion accessories, many of them made by famous and celebrated metalwork artists who previously made sword fittings, which fell out of demand due to the Sword Abolishment Edict in 1876. The craftsmanship of these certainly rivaled those of the finest Western jewelers.

Starting price
€400
Estimate
€800
 

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By Toshihiko, signed Toshihiko
Japan, first half of 20th century

Finely worked in shibuichi, copper, and gold as a plum (ume) blossom and bud. Note the very finely worked gold stamen. Signed to the side TOSHIHIKO. With an old cord for the attachment to the obi (sash).

LENGTH 2.9 cm
WEIGHT 8 g

Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear.
Provenance: French private collection.

The artist is probably the one listed in the Haynes Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists on page 2040 (H 10354.0) with the remark: “a student and connoisseur of the Goto school and an exponent of its methods.”

The obidome (sash clips) are miniature mixed metal clips which were mounted to the obi (sash) with the help of a cord. Like kagamibuta netsuke and kanamono they were fashion accessories, many of them made by famous and celebrated metalwork artists who previously made sword fittings, which fell out of demand due to the Sword Abolishment Edict in 1876. The craftsmanship of these certainly rivaled those of the finest Western jewelers.

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Auction: Fine Japanese Art, Fri, 3rd Dec 2021

We're honored to present our latest catalog of Fine Japanese Art, comprising 309 lots. Highlights include three lots formerly in the collection of the late iconic fashion designer Kenzo Takada (lots 25, 293 & 303) and Important Buddhist Art from the Coppenrath collection (lots 117-123). The true sale highlight, however, is lot 87 – the extremely rare and highly important set of three emaki scroll paintings, measuring a total length of 55 m, and depicting the Gosannen war. This set would be a true highlight in any museum. We hope you enjoy browsing through our selection and are as always available for any enquiries you may have!

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