Japanese pair of silver vases, each with a slender baluster shape finely carved
in katakiri-bori (a technique using an angular chisel to achieve a thick and thin effect to imitate brush strokes) with flying Manchurian cranes above pine trees and Mount Fuji rising through in the distance, signed to the body in chiselled characters Bishun koku 美春刻 (engraved by Bishun) and stamped to the underside with the mark Jungin 純銀 (pure silver) and Kobayashi sei 小林製 (made by Bishun Kobayashi for the Kobayashi Company) with silk lined bag and hardwood stands, Taishō period
The tomobako wood storage box inscribed Gin unkaku kabin, ittsui 銀雲鶴花瓶,
壱対 (a pair of silver vases with design of clouds and cranes).
Kobayashi Bishun 小林美春 was active in the Meiji and Taishō periods. He is listed in the Toso Kinko Jiten by Wakayama Takeshi pg. 530. His given name was Daiyu (Daisuke) and lived and worked in Osaka and Tottori. His father was Kobayashi Shunko 小林春江 also an artist skilled in metalwork and cloisonné enamels.
The Kobayashi Clock Company was based in Tokyo and produced fine metalwork.
Meiji no Takara 明治の宝 Treasures of Imperial Japan, the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, the Kibo Foundation 1995, Metalwork Part I, no. 44.
Total weight 2.625Kg (92.59 oz)
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