HIGHLY DECORATIVE JAPANESE BRONZE CARP AND TOAD VASES BY OTAKE NORIKUNI

HIGHLY DECORATIVE JAPANESE BRONZE CARP AND TOAD VASES BY OTAKE NORIKUNI

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As part of our Japanese art collection we are delighted to offer this highly decorative and humerous pair of multi patinated heavy bronze vases , the large vases are individually decorated with great detail, vase one has a trio of large multi patinated Carp swimming amongst reeds and lotus plants , the artist has cleverly cast the vases in heavy relief giving the impression that the carp are indeed swimming under water, the other vase has a pair of really comical toads swimming at full stretch amidst similar reeds , together with a very well detailed high relief Lotus seed pod , this vase also has the addition of a small pair of fantail fish and a highly decorative large onlaid autumnal leaf, each vase is further detailed with high quality decorative styalised geometric borders to the base and shoulders and are signed by Otake Norikuni to the underside in a silver tablet , a fabulous highly decorative pair of good quality Japanese Meiji period mixed metal vases.

Re: Otake Norikuni  大竹徳國
Engraves signature:  Norikuni saku [Made by Norikuni] 徳國作(徳国作)
See Plate 96 in the Khalili Japanese Metal Volume II. Born in 1852.
Plate 12 (Inlaid Cabinet) & Plate 39 (Mythological group of Shinto Deities) in the JAPANESE IMTERIAL CRAFTSMEN; MEIJI ART FROM THE KHALILI COLLECTION, VICTOR HARRIS, BRITISH MUSEUM PUBLICATION.
Plate 32 (Inlaid cabinet) & Plate 139 (Mythological group of Shinto Deities) in the SPLENDORS OF IMPERIAL JAPAN; ARTS OF THE MEIJI PERIOD FROM THE KHALILI COLLECTION.

The condition is great with minimal age related marks .

Approximate sizes

Height :  11 5/8″ 29.5 cm

Width :   6″          15 cm

Weight :  5838 gms combined

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