Lot 362: SUKASHI-TSUBA WITH PINES
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Iron, some copper and gilding. Japan, 18th century
Pines (matsu) form a popular motif as they stand for endurance and long life. They would also be a motif on the mon (armor) of some famous noble families. Openworked tsuba of marugata form, with ryohitsu, evenly rimmed and decorated in the old style with an almost three-dimensional pinetree and branches, small details in copper zogan, some gilt nunome. Very fine rust-patina due to age.
HEIGHT 8,3 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.