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    Sale 11930

    AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

    15 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 71

    A set of ten articulated soft-metal insects

    EARLY 20TH CENTURY, EACH SIGNED MUNEYOSHI (TANAKA TADAYOSHI; ?-1958)

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    A set of ten articulated soft-metal insects
    Early 20th century, each signed Muneyoshi (Tanaka Tadayoshi; ?-1958)
    Each insect constructed of numerous hammered parts jointed together with movable wings, limbs or antennae, each finely detailed and patinated in silver, gold, shibuichi, shakudo and/or copper; signature on body
    The largest (Asian swallowtail butterfly): 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) wide, the smallest (rhinoceroses beetle): 2 in. (5 cm.) long


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    This is the work of a modern metal artist, Tanaka Tadayoshi, known for his articulated iron figures of the Taisho and early Showa periods. Tadayoshi apprenticed in the Kyoto workshop of Takase Kozan (1869-1934), who directed the mass-production of ornamental iron pieces for both domestic and international markets.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Japan


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