• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 217

    AN OWARI KATANA

    SIGNED SURUGA (NO) KAMI FUJIWARA MORIMICHI, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

    AN OWARI KATANA
    SIGNED SURUGA (NO) KAMI FUJIWARA MORIMICHI, EDO PERIOD (17TH CENTURY)
    Sugata [configuration]: honzukuri katana with even deep curve, iori-mune, chu-kissaki
    Kitae [forging pattern]: itame hada rich in jinie overall Hamon [tempering pattern]: suguha of nie with slight notare, ko-gunome with ashi
    Boshi [tip]: ko-maru
    Nakago [tang]: suriage, osujigai file marks on original portion, two mekugi-ana one of which double, shallow kurijiri tip
    Habaki [collar]: single copper
    Nagasa [length of blade]: 70.9cm
    Horimono [carving]: marudome bohi
    Koshirae [mounting]: fine handachi mounting with black lacquer saya, the top 20cm ribbed, the lower part with fine shallow nashiji, matching metal fittings of yamagane and shakudo with bold inlaid cherry blossoms and leaves, the menuki of double pawlonia mon on roundels of the same metals, the mokko tsuba of leather or other organic material lacquered black, pierced with four 'boar's eyes' (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    This fine blade appears to be by the first generation Morimichi working in Owari Province, and is in the robust shape of early shinto. The second generation worked around the Kanbun era and sometimes signed Sanpin Fujiwara Morimichi. Swords signed Musashi no kami Fujiwara Morimichi and Kaga no kami Fujiwara Morimichi have the same tang characteristics and the calligraphy suggests they are by the same second generation smith.

    Special Notice

    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.