Becker Antiques at Antica Namur 2017
9 November – 19 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.
Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala)
Edo period (1615-1868), early 18th century; high 60 cm.
Highly Important Wood Sculpture Fudo Myo-o (Acala). The figure shown seated cross-legged modeled with the soft figure of a youth but with a fierce facial expression with the upper teeth and fangs biting the lower lip and the eyebrows embellished with gilt, a lotus crown adorning the figure’s head and the hair swept to one side in a braid down the left shoulder, a kurikara (Buddhist sword) held in the right hand and a weighted rope in the left (both later additions), the robes draped around his waist and over the left shoulder, the eyes inlaid in crystal; with gilt-metal jewelry; a large separately carved flame nimbus emanating from the rear painted in red with gilt highlights, the six-step base decorated in gilt and with a lengthy inscription on the base.
Reference: Similar polychrome wood figure of Fudo Myo-o (Acala) has been included in the Kamakura Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan, p. 54-55, Ive Covaci; Asia Society Museum in association with Yele University Press, New Haven and London
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
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