New York, Park Avenue
22 October 1992
A YOKOYA SCHOOL TSUBA
EDO PERIOD (CIRCA 1775), SIGNED SOYO WITH KAO
The oval, polished, shibuichi plate is carved in brushstroke style (katakiribori). The design is of a tiger by a large bamboo tree trunk. The reverse is decorated with another tiger and a few bamboo leaves--height 6.3cm., width 5.9cm., thickness 4.5mm.
Lieut.-Col. J. B. Gaskell
Glendining & Co., London, 21 January 1965, lot 97
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The second generation master of the Yokoya school to sign Soyo was the third master of the family school. He was the adopted son of Somin I (1670-1733). There is another artist who signed Soyo (fl. 1875) whose is often mistaken for this artist.
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