A BALUSTER REPOUSSÉ-IRON FLOWER VASE By Kurose Sosei (1886-1944), Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1930-1940 (3)
Lot 420*
A BALUSTER REPOUSSÉ-IRON FLOWER VASE
By Kurose Sosei (1886-1944), Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1930-1940
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 24,139) inc. premium

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A BALUSTER REPOUSSÉ-IRON FLOWER VASE By Kurose Sosei (1886-1944), Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1930-1940 (3)
A BALUSTER REPOUSSÉ-IRON FLOWER VASE
By Kurose Sosei (1886-1944), Showa era (1926-1989), circa 1930-1940
Of baluster form, with short neck, flat rim, ovoid body and slightly recessed base, worked on one side in uchidashi (repoussé) technique with a design of a female tenjin (heavenly being) trailing floating robes and holding a lotus blossom in her right hand, with stylized clouds above, signed with chiselled characters on the base Sosei with a kao; with signed and sealed silk cloth and wood storage box inscribed outside Tetsu uchidashi tenjin no zu kabin (Repoussé iron flower vase with design of a heavenly being) and signed inside Kashu Sosei (Soyo of Kaga Province) and sealed Sosei. 31cm (12¼in) high. (3).

Footnotes

  • Published:
    Kaga-shi Chiiki Shienbu Jumin Kyodoka Bunkashinkokei (Citizens' Collaborative Cultural Promotion Unit, Regional Support Department, Kaga City), Uchidashi Yamada Sobi no sekaiten (Iron Repoussé and the World of Yamada Sobi), exhibition catalogue, Kaga, 2003, cat. no.8.

    Kurose Sosei was the best pupil of Yamada Sobi (1871-1916). Sobi, the son of an armourer, pioneered the application of the uchidashi (repoussé) technique, previously used mainly for the decoration of armour, to high-quality items such as animal figures, iron panels, and flower containers. Sobi showed at international exhibitions including Paris (1900) and St. Louis (1904) and his son followed in his footsteps, participating in the Teiten official national exhibition and its successor from 1930 until 1933, again in 1936, and finally in the prestigious special exhibition held in 1940 to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the foundation of the Japanese Empire; see Nitten Hensan Iinkai (Nitten Editorial Committee), Bunten, Teiten, Shinbunten, Nitten shuppinreki sakuin(An Index of Exhibitors at the Bunten, Teiten, Shinbunten, and Nitten Exhibitions), Tokyo, 1990, p.103. His work was included in exhibitions held in Kaga City in 2003 and again in 2016, the latter marking the centenary of his father's death (see http://kagashi-ss.co.jp/bijyutukan/sobi_yamada/).
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