Lot 352: MITSUHIDE: KOZUKA WITH PINES
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Shakudo and gilding. Japan, 19th century
Kozuka bearing a nanako ground and a decoration inlaid in iroe takazogan with pines growing on a hill, needles rendered in gilt zogan, reversely signed SHO-JU-KEN MITSU-HIDE, and kao.
LÄNGE 9,7 CM
From the collection of Dr. Karl Florenz (1865-1939)
Dr. Karl Florenz was a renowned scholar, university professor and considered a pioneer of German Japanese studies. He resided in Japan from 1888 until the beginning of the First World War and then continued his lectures at the Hamburg Colonial Institute, never returning to Japan again. Famed for having translated several important Japanese books including the Nihongi, Japan’s oldest official history text, he was awarded the Japanese doctor title in literature. His extensive collection was largely destroyed by air strikes in the Second World War (which he himself did not live to witness), however, most tsuba etc. survived in relatively good condition. Dr. Florenz primarily collected tsubas dating to the 18th cent. and quite evidently made an effort to explore a wide range of motifs.