Smith & Singer

Japanese Swords, Ttanto, Tsuba, Menpo and Kabuto

July 25, 2014

Coinciding with the exhibition being held at the National Gallery of Victoria, Bushido: Way of the Samurai, from 4 July to 4 November at NGV International 180 St. Kilda Road Melbourne, Sotheby’s Australia is fortunate to have been entrusted with the sale of two private collections of Japanese material including swords, tanto, tsuba, menpo and kabuto.  The collections reflect the vendors passion for Japanese craftsmanship and culture which was embodied in these objects.  Highlights include an Ashu Sukeyoshi attributed katana in a red lacquer scabbard estimated at $6,000-8,000 (lot 112) and an Edo period hoshi bachi kabuto estimated at $2,500-3,500 (Lot 100) (pictured top).


From the same vendors and complementary to the other items but with broader decorative appeal is a superb collection of Noh masks (lots 93-99), the best seen on the Australian auction market in many years.  Additionally reflecting the vendors love of intricate workmanship there is a superb collection of Okimono. The items are on view from the until 29 July 10 am to 5 pm at Sotheby’s Australia, Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

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An Ashu Sekeyoshi attributed katana in a red lacquer scabbard
19th Century

A wood Noh mask of Tengu
Meiji/Taisho period, late 19th Century


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