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    Sale 2266

    Japanese and Korean Art

    17 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 88

    A Bizen Tachi in Hoso-Dachi Koshirae

    MUROMACHI PERIOD (16TH CENTURY), WITH SIGNATURE BISHU OSAFUNE KATSUMITSU SUKESADA AND WITH PARTIAL DATE HACHIGATSU [NO] HI (EIGHTH MONTH, UNSPECIFIED DAY)

    Price Realised  

    A Bizen Tachi in Hoso-Dachi Koshirae
    Muromachi period (16th century), with signature Bishu Osafune Katsumitsu Sukesada and with partial date hachigatsu [no] hi (eighth month, unspecified day)
    Hon-zukuri, iori-mune, ko-kissaki with koshi-zori curvature, the forging pattern itame mixed with mokume and mune-yaki, the tempered edge choji-midare with togariba tendencies in nioi and nie, the tip Jizo, tang ubu with katte sagari file marks and two holes, gilt-metal habaki
    26 5/8in. (67.6cm.) long

    19th-century hoso-dachi koshirae comprising nashiji-lacquer saya decorated with heraldic crests of the Matsudaira family in gold hiramaki-e, the matching gold nanako-ji mounts including kabuto-gane, fuchi, ashi-kanamono and seme-ganen decorated with Matsudaira family crests surrounded by scrolling vines carved in high relief, the hardware on the hangers carved with blossoming plum trees, Matsudaira family crests and scrolling vines in either high or sunken relief, against a nanako ground, tsuka wrapped with ray skin and mounted with gilt-metal bar menuki with a circular family crest and five gilt-metal bosses; the shitogi tsuba gilt-metal with Matsudaira crests, and scrolling vines on a nanako ground, 41¾in. (106cm.) long
    With Tokubetsu hozon tosogu (Sword fitting especially worthy of preserving) certificate no. 200083 for the mounts, issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai (Society for the Preservation of the Japan Art Sword), dated 1984.6.28


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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this lot should read, "WITH signature," not "signed."