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THESE ARE EXHIBITION ITEMS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE AND ARE NOT FOR SALE.
 

TANTO KOSHIRAE, LATE EDO PERIOD

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PUBLISHED : KUROROIRO NURI AGEHACHO MON MAKIE SAYA AIKUCHI TANTO KOSHIRAE

JIDAI : EDO KOKI

SETSUMEI : A ISSAKU KANAGU AIKUCHI TANTO KOSHIRAE OF SUPERB QUALITY WITH 12 AGEHACHO (BUTTERFLIES ) IN GOLD RAISED LAQUER. THE MENUKI ARE SOLID GOLD AND THE TWO BUTTERFLIES ON THE KOZUKA ARE ALSO SOLID GOLD.

AN IMPORTANT KOSHIRAE FOR THE STUDY OF ASTHETICS, BALANCE AND THE MASTERFUL WORK OF JAPANESE SAMURAI ART AT ITS VERY BEST. THERE IS A SIMILAR WORK IN THE TOKYO
NATIONAL MUSEUM SWORD SECTION OF A NATIONAL TREASURE DAISHO KOSHIRAE WITH THE SAME AGEHACHO MON.

OA LENGTH : 43 cm

 

Important Masterpiece Iron and soft metal Tsuba

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IMPORTANT IRON TSUBA.

Mei : From left to right : HAGIYA KATSUHIRA — SEIRYOKEN Backside : Kao
Height : 8.8 cm
Width : 7.8 cm
Rim Thickness : 5 mm
Condition : Beautiful untouched Iron Patina with exceptional detail.
Era : Late Edo / Mito Province
Theme of KOI Swimming up stream with Snow Flakes falling from the Sky

HAGIYA KATSUHIRA 萩谷勝平 (1804-1886)

HISTORY

Katsuhira's first name was "Yasuke" (弥介). He was born in Mito on the October 20th, 1804 as the second son of Terakado Yoju (寺門与重). He was later adopted by Hagiya Nibei (萩谷仁兵衛) and learned the basics of the kinko craft from his older brother Katsufasa who first bore the name "Terakado Yosaburo" (寺門与三郎). He then studied under Shinozaki Katsushige and Oyama Motozane (泰山元孚), played an important role among the Mito-kinko of the late Edo period, and was the master of the famous Unno Shomin.

Katsuhira's go was "Seiryoken" (生涼軒) and he was hired by the Mito fief in the 1844. His two sons were Katsuhiro (勝容) and Katsuyasu (勝保).

Katsuhira died on September 6th, 1886 at the age of 83.

 

YASUCHIKA Koi Zu Fuchikashira

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MEI (signature of Yasuchika)

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AN IMPORTANT SET OF FUCHIKASHIRA ( HILT FITTINGS FOR THE HANDLE OF A JAPANESE SWORD KOSHIRAE ).
BY ONE OF THE NARA SANSAKU ( THREE GREAT NARA SCHOOL MASTERS.

Signed : YASUCHIKA, Edo Period ( Late 17th-Early 18th Century )

Setsumei: ( Explanation)

The Brass migakiji ground in decorated Gold, shibuichi, shakudo and copper takazogan and kebori with Carp (Koi ) and aquatic plant's in a stream signed YASUCHIKA. This set is accompanied by a certificate of registration as Juyo Tosogu ( Important Sword Fitting ) issued by the Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai ( Society for the preservation of the Japanese Art Sword. ) This Master work set are in perfect condition and colour.

Born the son of a Shonai Clansman, Tsuchiya Yasuchika (1670-1744 ) studied under Shoami Chinkyu and married his daughter before moving to Edo at the age of thirty-four and studying under Nara Toshimasa. He took the tonsure in 1730 and was named To-u. He is known as one of the Nara Sansaku ( Three great Nara-school Masters ) along with Nara Toshinaga and Sugiura Joi. The Carp ( Koi ) in the stream was one of Yasuchika's favourite design's which he used on a number of Tsuba and Fuchi - Kashira.

Jūyō-kodōgu at the 48th jūyō shinsa held on October 11, 2002

sōri no zu fuchigashira (藻鯉図縁頭) - Fuchigashira depicting carp in seaweed

mei: Yasuchika (安親)

Kanagawa Prefecture, Ikeda Nagamasa (池田長正)

Measurements

Fuchi length 3.75 cm, width 2.05 cm, height 0.7 cm; kashira length 3.4 cm, width 1.6 cm, height 0.4 cm

Description

Hinshitsu-keijō: brass, sukidashi-takabori, suemon, gold, shibuichi, shakudō, and suaka iroe Jidai: mid-Edo period

Explanation

Yasuchika’s first name was Yagohachi (弥五八) and he was born in Kanbun ten (寛文, 1671) as son of the Shōnai fief (庄内藩) samurai Tsuchiya Chūzaemon (土屋忠左衛門). As he grew up, he became a student of Shōami Chinkyū (正阿弥珍久) whose daughter he married later. In Genroku ten (元禄, 1697), then aged 34, he left for Edo where he learned from Nara Tatsumasa (奈良辰政) and where his talent started to unfold. During the Shōtoku era (正徳, 1711-1716), he was employed by Matsudaira Daigaku no Kami Yorisada (松平大学頭頼貞, 1664-1744) who was the daiymō of the Moriyama fief (守山藩) in Mitsu province, yielding an annual income of 20,000 koku, and the nephew of Tokugawa Mitsukuni (徳川光圀, 1628-1701), the prominent daimyō of Mito. In Kyōhō 16 (享保, 1731), aged 61, he entered priesthood under the lay name Tō’u (東雨). He left us many great masterworks and was later regarded with Nara Toshinaga (奈良利寿) and Sugiura Jōi (杉浦乗意) ad one of the Nara Sansaku (奈良三作), the “Three Great Nara Masters.”

This fuchigashira set depicts a carp in seaweed and carps or crabs in or next to running water were one of the strong points of Yasuchika. Accordingly, there exist numerous tsuba and fuchigashira that are similarily interpreted. This set is of brass and the seaweed, waving in the current of the running water, is highlighted in suaka and gold iroe. The carp is set in via shakudō and shibuichi suemon-zōgan. A masterwork that perfectly displays the characteristic composition and carvings of the Yasuchika’s flowing motifs.

Inscription box (outside):

Tsuchiya Yasuchika saku (土屋安親作) – Work of Tsuchiya Yasuchika

sōri no zu shinchū fuchigashira (藻鯉図真鍮縁頭) – Brass fuchigashira
depicting carp in seaweed

 

Inscription box (inside):

安親作と称するもの世上多 Yasuchika saku to shō-suru mono sejō ō
けれども本品は稀に出来物 keredomo honhin wa mare ni dekimono
なり nari
昭和十四年六月 Shōwa jūyonen rokugatsu
中央刀剣会審査員 Chūō Tōken Kai Shinsa’in
桑原雙蛙 Kuwahara

 

“Although there are many works of Yasuchika in existence, this set is of a rare, outstanding quality.

June of 1939

Judge of the Chūō Tōken Kai

Kuwahara Sō’a [Yōjirō, 1868-1955]”