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Pair Of Japanese Bronze Mixed Metal Vases Suzuki Chokichi - Kako


£18,500 | $24,633 USD | €20,962 EUR
Item Number: SA674539
Date of manufacture: 1890
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art
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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 .
Literature :
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 )
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 1890.


Height = 29 cm (11.4")
Width = 15.3 cm (6.0")
Depth = 15.3 cm (6.0")

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