As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this magical Meiji Period 1868-1912 silver & mixed metal table screen by one of the leading artists of the late Edo early Meiji Period, Hagiya Katsuhira, the main frame of this delightful Tsuitate ( table screen) is manufactured from silver in the form of Bamboo, the central panel has been cleverly formed as sprays of bamboo leaves offering a pieced double sided aspect into which is housed a sensational quality mixed metal roundel depicting the seven lucky gods at sea upon the Takarabune ( treasure ship). The artistry and metal work on this roundel is simply breathtaking and fully demonstrates the Tsuba making skills of Katsuhira during the latter years of Edo as a Mito school master, as well as reinforcing his new found ability to cross over into the emerging export market, working on commission for such forward thinking companies as Ozeki, along with his son Suzuki Katsuhiro, a sensational joyous miniature table screen that would sit comfortable in any serious Japanese metalwork or works of art collection.
UK Collection .
2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler Vol II – plate 15
Hagiya Katsuhira was born in 1804 as Terakado Yasuke , he took his name from a combination of the Mito masters who taught him and subsequently and went on to become one of the most eminent Mito school artists and tutors, with many of his works now residing in the worlds most recognized museums and collections, in 1844 Katsuhira began working directly for the Mito clan where he took on the role of Goyo or official artisan for the Mito Tokugawa Daimyo, this role would have undoubtedly given Katsuhira special privileges including the ability to wear swords in public places, a privilege usually reserved for the Samurai classes, he went on to teach such famous artists as Unno Shomin and Kano Natsuo, amongst others, with one of his two sons (Suzuki ) Katsuhiro, achieving the status of head craftsman to the Suzuki family and thus adopting their name , Hagiya died at the age of 83 in 1886.
See Plate 18 – 2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler for a mixed metal panel by this artist .
See plate 16 – 2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler Vol II for a mixed metal panel by Suzuki Katsuhiro for Ozeki Company .
Condition report :
Approximate Sizes ;
Height : 9″ 23 cm
Width : 8 1/4″ 21 cm
Depth : 3″ 7.5 cm
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