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Vase Old Art Pottery Showa period

SKU: Vase, Bronze. Late Edo period. $495.00
In bronze and other metals the Japanese have no parallel in the quality of their workmanship. In artistic treatment of metals of small groups and natural objects, such as are depicted in their woodcuts, they have attained extraordinary excellence; and in nearly every discipline in casting, engraving, chasing, inlaying and damascening, they have no equal, In bronze casting and moulding they are masters. They are equally capable of colossal and minute work. Their marvellous delicacy of touch and execution is more remarkable, because in the fashion of their tools, as in their smelting and refining processes, everything is of the most traditional kind. Their ovens, furnaces, etc., are simple; yet judging by the work, they have a perfect command of their materials, from the ironstone to the steel of their sword-blades. The Japanese simply produce the best Bronze work in the world. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were the most fruitful epoch for the production of small bronze objects, whose chief raison d'tre is ornament, such as clasps, paper-weights, small figures of animals, mouthpieces for pipes, and vases intended for dwelling-rooms, not for Buddhist altars, as in earlier days. Damascening, or inlaying on metal, has been carried to great perfection, notably of late years, when designs in various metals and alloys on a basis of bronze or iron have been made to reproduce whole landscapes with the minuteness of a painting.