Japanese Pure Silver Hawk Okimono – Musashiya Company (Ozeki )

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this scarce pure silver Meiji Period (1868-1912) okimono of a hawk, artist signed Juiedo for the famous Musashiya company operated by Ozeki Yahei , on this occasion the artist has captured this handsome bird of prey landing upon a rocky outcrop with both wings partially open, the interesting craggy base carved from a natural burr hardwood. The artist Juiedo has picked out the razor sharp beak and talons in shakudo with the finely detailed legs in gilt, the hawks eyes are again picked out in gilt and shakudo to great effect. The underside of the tail feathers bears two silver tablets ,one signed by the artist and the other by arguably the most famous and highly revered retailer of the Meiji Period, Ozeki Yahei’s Musashiya company. pure silver hawks are very scarce, particularly carrying such an important signature as that of Ozeki’s company, as well as the individual artist.

Literature : 

The Musashiya company, operated by Ozeki Yahei and his son Sadajiro, were perhaps the most successful of the concerns selling high-quality decorative art during the Meiji era. Originally a dealer in pipes, Ozeki Yahei set up the Yokohama branch at 66 Main Street, probably under the management of his son Ozeki Sadajiro soon after the port was opened in 1859. In 1877, both father and son exhibited commissioned pieces under their separate names in the first Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai (National Industrial Exposition). By 1880 the company is recorded as employing twenty-four people and dealing in enamels, bronzes, ivory, crystal, carvings, pins, fans, hard-stones, tortoiseshell, lacquer, and a variety of ceramics.

Condition report :

Fabulous condition throughout .

Approximate Sizes : 

Height : 9 3/4″  25 cm

Length : 12 ”       30 cm

Depth :  11″         28 cm

Free worldwide delivery and a certificate of authenticity are included in the price of this item. EP80


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