Japanese Silver and Shakudo Bird Okimono

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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this delightful Meiji Period 1868-1912 , circa 1910 pure silver and shakudo bird group , the pair of Japanese wagtails are formed from pure silver and solid shakudo and stand upon gilded legs with further gilt eye detailing, they rest upon a rocky outcrop in the middle of a waterside setting which they are known to favour as a safe nesting site, the birds peg snugly into the original copper and silvered base, each of the birds is signed to the underside with a most unusual script signature that translates to read Mitsuyoshi , a most charming study of Japanese wildlife that could be displayed and enjoyed from multiple angles.

Literature : Due to the obvious charm and commercial popularity of such subject matter many similar groups were manufactured throughout the Taisho period 1912-1926, those later groups although equally decorative would usually be formed from alloys with silver plate & shakudo patination for effect, thus reducing the manufacturing costs dramatically, for the avoidance of doubt this group of birds are formed from pure silver and shakudo alloys.

Provenance : 

UK collection .

Condition report : 

Fine condition with age related wear to the copper base.

Approximate sizes : 

Length : 10″  25 cm

Height : 5.5″ 14 cm

Depth :  6″    15 cm

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