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    Sale 7622

    Japanese Art and Design

    11 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 242

    A BIRDS HEAD TACHI

    WITH SIGNATURE MITO JU MINAMOTO NORIKATSU SAKU, AND ANSEI YONNEN HACHIGATSU HI (A DAY IN THE 8TH MONTH 1857), EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

    A BIRDS HEAD TACHI
    WITH SIGNATURE MITO JU MINAMOTO NORIKATSU SAKU, AND ANSEI YONNEN HACHIGATSU HI (A DAY IN THE 8TH MONTH 1857), EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: Honzukuri, iori-mune, broad shallow curve, chu-kissaki nobiru
    Kitae [forging pattern]: Itame nagare with fine chikei
    Hamon [tempering pattern]: Midare-ba with gunome and choji, some togari-ba, and broad ashi of nie
    Boshi [tip]: Complex midare-komi
    Nakago [tang]: Ubu, kiri file marks, one mekugi-ana, tang re-shaped to a narrow tip with kurijiri
    Habaki [collar]: New single gold-clad copper, and an older single lightly-gilt copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 75.3cm
    Koshirae [mounting]: Blade with shirasaya, and a tachi mounting, the saya gold lacquer with dense nashiji and pawlonia and phoenixes in gold makie, the silver mounts engraved with leaves and scrolling, the tsuba of such and with some light gilding, the samegawa-wrapped hilt with menuki of sets of three pawlonia mon in shakudo and gold, with seven tawara-byo on each side, and the kabuto-gane in the form of a phoenix head in silver with details in shakudo and gilt


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    The blade appears to be by one of the group of smiths working in the castle town of Mito under control of the Tokugawa family.
    The first known generation Norikatsu (Tokusho) was named Katsumura Hikoroku, a retainer of Mito Han and a student of Norimune. His son Katsumura Hikotaru, Norikatsu II, continued to make swords in Mito Province (present day Ibaraki Prefecture). Tokugawa Nariaki (1800-1860), lord of Mito and deified as Rekko was a swordsmith, and is known to have been a hammer-man assistant for Norikatsu.

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    Provenance

    Stokesley Manor


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN