As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this high quality pair of Meiji period 1868-1912 , circa 1885 , bronze and mixed metal onlaid vases by the highly coveted artist Suzuki Chokichi (1848-1919) , his art name Kako , the unusual baluster shaped vases cleverly designed to give the appearance of free standing upon elaborate Silver mounted bracket foot bases , however the bases are an integral part of the vases main body, the main bodies of each vase fabulously onlaid in mixed metal Autumnal foliage detail , an absolute trait of Kako who excelled in depicting leaves and foliage in glorious Autumn colours and various stages of decay , these vases further decorated with large red Berries to one and smaller native Silver coloured Berries to the other, absolutely delightful work , Chokichi has added his own unique style with a contemporary twist to the necks and bases of each vase adding bands of geometric Gold and Silver swirls , the vases nicely signed to the underside and carrying the double mountain mark unique to the Kiryu Kosho Kaisha company ( the government sponsored first manufacturing and trading company ), at which Chokichi was the lead artist, designer and director until its closure in 1891 . a fine pair of high quality decorative vases by arguably one of the leading metalwork artists and designers of the Meiji period , and would enhance any serious Japanese works of art collection .
As previously stated Suzuki Chokichi (Kako) was director , designer and lead artist of the government sponsored Kiryu Kosho Kaisha company until its closure in 1891 , his adventurous artistic ideas were reputedly not always well received by the government funded factory , they probably had one eye on commercial quantity and more repetitive works than Kako would have liked , he went on to produce many other individual high quality and now famous works housed around the worlds great collections and leading museums , including a monumental 2.8m Koro surmounted by an Eagle which resides in the Victoria and Albert museum, and arguably his most famous known work being a set of twelve Mixed metal Birds of Prey, now rightfully resting in the Tokyo national museum .
Suzuki Chokichi’s work was eventually rewarded in 1896 when he was granted the rare accolade of becoming an Imperial artist ( Teishitsu Gigeiin ).
I am pleased to say his incredible artistic skills are eventually being recognised some 120 years later, by leading collectors of Japanese Meiji period metalworks.
Condition report :
The vases are in lovely condition .
Approximate sizes :
Height : 11.5″ 29 cm
Width: 6″ 15.3 cm
Weight is a very substantial combined 6kg (6040 gms )
Free worldwide delivery and a certificate of authenticity are included in the price of this item.
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