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Japanese Okimono, Signed (3 pieces) (112773)

Currency:USD Category:Antiquities / Far East Start Price:50.00 USD Estimated At:100.00 - 300.00 USD
Japanese Okimono, Signed (3 pieces)  (112773)
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This item SOLD at 2020 Feb 14 @ 08:15UTC-8 : PST
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Okimono ivory figurines are Japanese works of art that date back to the Edo period (1615-1868) but gained popularity in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Okimono means "object of display". Ivory Okimonos were made as ornamental carvings for the tokonoma, a decorative alcove that is a vital part of a Japanese home and is used for the display of paintings, pottery, art, and flower arrangements. During this period, American trading vessels began sailing to Japan from New England creating a demand for Japanese works of art such as netsuke – miniature sculptures made from Japanese carved ivory that represent the culture’s habits and mythology.
Due to this new demand, Japanese metalworkers began to create okimonos to appeal to the Western audience. Okimono range in size from less than 1-2", such as traditional netsuke, to several inches in height, such as many display figurines and decorative home decor items. As a rule, Japanese carvings that do not have two holes, that were mandatory for traditional Japanese netsuke, are considered Okimono.
This lot contains three Japanese Okimono Geisha. Schreger lines can be identified very clearly on the biji carrying the basket of flowers, as well as indication of hand carving and an artists signature. The piece measures 2.75" in height and is a very nice example of Meiji period art with good detail and attractive coloring. The other two pieces are slightly taller and while both are signed and very similar in design and detail, we can only see schreger lines clearly on the bottom of one piece, but both signatures appear to be from the same artist, different from the first. Overall a very nice group of what is believed to be ivory, Meiji period Okimono.

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