15 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 30,000
Estimate USD 32,000 - USD 35,000
A hammered iron vase
Meiji period (late 19th century), signed Sobi (Yamada Sobi; 1871-1916)
The oviform vase with short everted neck, finely hammered in low relief with a heron in water by reeds, signature on base
15 ¼ in. (38.7 cm.) high
With an original wood box (tomobako)
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