14 May 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 2,000
Estimate GBP 1,500 - GBP 2,000
A MOUNTED KATANA
WITH INSCRIPTION IZUMO DAIJO FUJIWARA YOSHITAKE, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)
Sugata: [configuration]: honzukuri, iori-mune, shallow curve, extended kissaki
Kitae: [forging pattern]: ko-itame with mokume
Hamon [tempering pattern]: ko-notare with gunome of nie, with some ashi and yo with a straight yakidashi
Boshi [tip]: kaen
Nakago [tang]: file marks indistinct, two mekugi-ana, kiri tip Habaki [collar]: single copper
Nagasa [length of blade]: 71.9cm
Koshirae [mounting]: saya with irregular curved lines of red and black ishimeji lacquer, fuchi-kashira of shakudo with pavilions among pine trees in high relief with golf details, the fuchi signed Nara saku, menuki of crabs and leaves in shakudo with gilt details, the mokko iron tsuba with flying bird, bamboo shoot, and grasses in high relief inlay of shakudo and gold, and swirling water on the reverse
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Hong Kong +852 2760 1766
Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
Japanese artist Takuji Hamanaka explains why he adopted a centuries-old technique to create contemporary prints
A closer look at a Japanese articulated dragon, created by the famous Myochin family of samurai armourers — offered in ou..
An essential introduction to the artist who labelled himself The Old Man Mad About Art — creator of the most recognisable..
Our specialist on a work by Japanese artist Kumi Sugai, whose love of speed led him to risk his life, and change his art