Monday, July 20, 2015

Japanese Kiseru-Zutsu

A kiseru, a kiseru-zutsu and a tabako-ire
The kiseru by Myoju, 19th century
The tabako-ire of leather, tooled with exotic designs after Spanish originals, with a copper mae-kanagu in the form of a resting deer, the reverse of shibuichi carved and pierced with maple leaves; the kizeru-zutsu of stag-antler, carved in relief with putti among exotic plants after European leather designs, partly lacquered and gilt; with bamboo and shibuichi kiseru carved with Shoki and oni, signed Akitoshi (Myoju) with seal Gyokufu; and coral ojime carved in relief with a dragon; with wood storage box. The tabako-ire 9.2cm x 14.5cm (3 5/8inx 5¾in); the kizeru-zutsu 22.2cm (8¾in) long. Courtesy Bonham's Auctions.

An inlaid black lacquer kiseruzutsu
By Ikeda Taishin, (1825-1903), 19th century
Of muso-zutsu form, bearing a roiro-nuri ground, lacquered and inlaid with a carp swimming among aquatic plants in swirling water, two small turtles applied in metal above, forming the cord attachment, the fish of iron, the plants and water of gold takamaki-e and the turtles of brass and shibuichi with gold eyes; signed Taishin; with wood storage box. 24.7cm (9¾in).

A tsuishu (carved red-lacquer) kiseruzutsu (pipe case)

By Matsuki Hokei, 19th century
Of muso-zutsu form, carved all over in low relief with a continuous scene of geese amid a mass of wild flowers and plants by a stream, the rim and cord attachment of shakudo, signed Hokei saku. 21.5cm (8½in).

An ivory kiseruzutsu (pipe case)
By Baiko, late 19th century
Of muso-zutsu form, carved in relief with a European leather design of a winged child holding a bow beneath another holding aloft a large feather, amid fruit and falling leaves, continued on the reverse, carved with a bird in flight above a leaping squirrel; signed in seal form Baiko. 21cm (8¼in) long.
A stag-antler kiseruzutsu
By Ozaki Kokusai (1835-1892), Shiba, Tokyo, 19th century
Of muso-zutsu form, bearing a shaped panel, carved in relief with a formalised dragon among clouds, the top carved in relief with two medallions of a kongo (thunderbolt) with jewel and floral mon (family crest), the cord attachment formed by a shishi head, its mane forming a band around the neck, signed in relief Kokusai; with wood storage box. 21.5cm (8½in)

An unusually large walrus ivory pipecase By Mitsuyuki (late 19th century)

Of aikuchi-zutsu form, carved in very high relief with numerous villagers at various pursuits, the upper part similarly carved with sen'nin, signed Mitsuyuki 9 1/4in (23.5cm)

A walrus ivory pipe case
By Yamada, Edo period (19th century)
The muso zutsu pipe case boldly carved with a carver kneeling and looking on in disbelief as his sculpture of a Nio guardian comes to life, the figures executed in katakiribori and takabori, signed on the inner scabbard Yamada and sealed Gyokuho
9 1/4in (23.4cm) long

A walrus tusk kiseruzutsu
By Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), late 19th century
Of otoshi-zutsu type, in the form of a bean pod, lacquered in gold and coloured takamakie with a large cricket beneath a trailing kiri plant, signed Taishin.
21.6cm (8½in).

A woven rattan kiseruzutsu (pipe case)
By Rosetsu, late 19th century
Of muso-zutsu form, inlaid with a goose among wind-blown reeds, in kurogaki wood and stained bone, the mounting and cord attachment of gold; signed in seal form on an inlaid tablet Rosetsu. 20.3cm (8in) long.

Bamboo pipecase
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)
Of muso-zutsu form, folded at both ends, lacquered and inlaid with a grasshopper on a creeping plant, with details in pewter and with fastening bands at either end, signed Zeshin
8 1/4in (21cm)

A boxwood kiseruzutsu 
By Morita Soko (1879-1942), Tokyo, early 20th century
Of otoshi-zutsu type, in the form of a bean pod, of elegant shape, delicately carved to show the contours of the beans within and carved in relief with three leaves and tendrils attached to a curling stalk which forms the cord attachment, signed Soko with inlaid red-lacquer seal Morita.
20.7cm (8 1/8in).

A boxwood pipe case
by Seishu, Edo/Meiji period (19th century)
Of senryu zutsu type carved as a female figure standing on a Chinese lion, her long-sleeved robe slipping off her shoulder exposing her right breast, her long hair tied at the back in the manner of a Heian beauty, signed Seishu

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