The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
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Bronze Vase with Flying Fish by Honma Takusai

Bronze Vase with Flying Fish by Honma Takusai


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1960: Item # 1438545

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Flying fish leap soar through tempestuous waves in raised relief on this wide open murashido bronze signed on the base Takusai. It is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall. Stylistically it is consistent with works from the early to mid century, immediately before and after the Second World War, and is likely the work of the third generation.
The Takusai family have long been known for their lost wax casting technique. Honma Takusa I (1812-1891) learned metalcraft under Obata Dosai manufacturing armaments, but began manufacturing art and scholar objects under the tutelage of Sakuma Zozan after the Meiji restoration in 1868. He is credited with having developed the patinating technique known now as Murashido (a mottled surface of various colors and textures). Takusai II worked hand in hand with his father, and followed very closely the lineage of his forebearer. Honma Takusai III (Otohachi, 1868-1946) was the son of Honma Gihei and apprenticed under Takusai II, succeeding the name after the death of his mentor. His work was widely exhibited and lauded in his lifetime. The fourth generation was the son of Takusai III, and attended the prestigious Tokyo University of Art Sculpture Department before returning to carry on the family tradition but is credited with bringing the family oeuvre forward. His second son became Takusai V, after returning from the Russian Gulags following the second world war; his elder brother died in the conflict. Along with the family’s various traditions, The fifth generation incorporated the techniques of Saito Gyokujo into the family repertoire while keeping a strong presence in both sculpture, and maintaining the Murashido tradition. The 6th generation graduated Musashino University of Art and apprenticed under Living National Treasure Saito Akira before returning to Sado in 1982 to take up the mantle under his father.