Becker Antiques at Antica Namur 2016
9 November – 20 November, 2016
For ten days, 120 international antique dealers will exhibit some of their best works of art from all periods, ranging from classic antiques to modern art. Specializing in Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Asian Art, Chinese Furniture, African Art and pottery funerary figures (dated from the Han through the Ming dynasties), Becker Antiques * since 1969 will present high quality works of art from China (early bronzes and pottery funerary figures), Africa ( tribal art from west Africa) , India and Japan at stand no. F2.
IMPORTANT SAMURAI ARMOR
the mempo signed Munetsuna (Myochin Munetsuna) | signed below the chin | with the original box
P R O V E N A N C E:
an East Coast Private Collection;
Christie’s New York, Rockefeller Plaza, Sale 5834, Important Japanese Armor, March 20, 1985, lot no. 29;
a Private Massachusetts Collection.
IMPORTANT SAMURAI ARMOR, FINE TATAMI-DO-NO-GUSOKU, complete set, Comprising of a fine “kabuto” with russet-iron “o-boshi-hosibachi” formed from sixteen plates, six without “hoshi” but inscribed with invocations to various deities, including Kasuga Daimyojin and Hachiman Daibosatsu, with spring attached “ukebari“, gilt “kuwagata” and “kuwagata-dai”,engraved “fukurin” to the buckskin-covered “fukigaeshi” and russet-iron rabbit “maedate,” the ears lacquered red, the helmet unsigned; with russet-iron “mempo” with large hinged “yodare-kake:, signed below the chin; the folding “do” formed from rectangular russet-iron plates linked with chain main, an “uchidashi” dragon in front; with “shinogote,” gold lacquered“ko-sode”, “kawara-haidate“, and “shino-suneate”, with box.
Fine Kota Reliquary Figure
P R O V E N A N C E: The David Abbate (1949-2013) Collection High 61 cm., wide 25,5 cm. Gabon, Mahongue Wood and copper sheets Mounted on stand Fine Kota Reliquary Figure, the oval face with central brass cross with oval brass eyes and projecting nose, the copper panels in each quarter of the face with grooved horizontal bands, the rounded side panels and crest above all with embossed double bands of dots about the borders, pierced lozenge body with brass – covered upper section and neck, waisted panel carved at the centre of the back.
Rare Museum Quality Granary
Early to Mid Eastern Han Dynaty Green glazed earthenware High: 56 cm, width: 46,5 cm, depth: 17 cm. Rare Museum Quality Granary, this building type – with openings high up and lifted off ground on feet – is generally recognised to be that of a granary. The model is of simple slab construction, with moulded elements added on. The overhanging gable roof has a central ridge with lateral rows of round tile covers which are capped at the eaves line with decorated tile ends. On the upper level, symmetrically placed openings with stamped lattice motifs on either side front on to a projecting balcony. The balcony has moulded railings and a central lattice-work panel, and is supported by dougong (or , traditional) brackets. The front feet are in the shape of bears while at the back they are simple slabs. The glaze, which has degraded to a pale-greenish colour, covers the front part of the roof, and the front and sides of the building only. Note: Granaries of this type and style are most rare and examples can only be found in Henan Museum, China. Reference: Similar Granary was included in the exhibition, “Onder Dak in China”, Royal Museum of Art and History Brussels, September 28, 2007 – 20 April, 2008 catalogue, p. 152, nr. 77. and “Spirit of Han – Ceramics for the after-Life, p. 164, nr. 180 & 182, p. 165, nr. 181. See also Henan Museum, China. The result of the thermoluminescence test, is consistent with the dating of the item.
Becker Antiques v.o.f. | Since 1969
Antica Namur 2015
Avenue Sergent Vrithoff, 2