Thanks Eric for the photos, beautifull somen works !!! he was surely a big master
Iki, Pascal and Massimo provided the excellent images, I just edited them a bit. Ichiro was a master, does anyone know his story, who he learned from etc, I am sure I have seen his work being sold as antique, just add an old yodare-kake and how would you tell.
Post by Dave Thatcher on Dec 27, 2013 17:37:22 GMT
Today I took a leap of faith and purchased by first mask by ichiro today off Yahoo. It was rather expensive, but I said what the hell, who lives forever! I'm going to add a cool tare then either keep it, or sell it, I don't know
Yes, had to fight for it, I was on my last yen when the timer ran out and I won it. Now in shock as Ive spent the holiday money lol.
Bonhams A RUSSET-IRON BAMEN By Ichiro, 20th century Forged in separate sections and assembled with rounded-head rivets as a dragon's face with a fierce expression; the sides hinged to flank the horse's face, the surface hammered up in expressive contours, the eyes and the nostrils gilt FOOTNOTES Fukutake Ichiro was one of the last traditional armor makers in Japan skilled in the work of embossing. His work was of such high quality that many of his masks are now in collections of museums around the world, like the Metropolitan Museum of New York. He lived and worked in the Kurashiki area of Okayama prefecture during the middle to latter part of the 20th century. Most of his work were custom orders and were individual and unique. This chanfron is possibly the only example made by Ichiro. It was constructed from nine separate pieces fastened together with a cord, enabling the horse to move freely while wearing the mask. The underside is finished in gold leaf.
Shu urushi on the inside. A Post Edo Genuine russet iron Japanese Samurai Somen ( Mask ) , Full size and in very good condition. Signed " ICHIROU " . A late Edo to Meiji style Mask that is a great example of its type with very good detail, the red lacquered on the inside and silk lacing also in good condition.. Now deceased Ichiro worked in the Kurashiki region of Okayama perfecture circa 1950 – 1970. His Face masks are works of art in their own right , they are equal to if not better than Edo period examples . many are in fact said to beon display in museums in Japan as 16th - 18 century examples ....This Somen allthough not trully Antique , it would date to the early 1960's Fukutake Ichiro was one of the last true traditional Armour makers in Japan, His pieces are held in high regard and It would make a wonderful addition to any armor collection. $6,800
Contrast Dave! I like this work. Never mind the money, it's only printend paper . You can envoyer this nice pieco of work every day. One more remark: you don't loose money when you buy art, see it as a long term investment
I saw that one on Jauce. Thanks to this specific thread I knew what it was and who made it. Couldn't have done that a couple of month ago, for sure. A very well made mask that would have been a very sortafter item in the late Edo-period. Happy to hear it ended up in the hands of a fellow boardmember.
Congratulations to the buyer. I was following this mask on Yahoo as well yesterday and it finished at a reasonnable price for a Fukutake. May be 60 to 70% of its value in a specialized armor shop. It is a fine one and a very good deal I think.
Thanks for the kind words. I'm going to either build or source a tare for it. I've only ever managed to see Ichiro mask, it was in a display case in a museum and the Mei was nearly removed (by a dealer I guess). Again without this forum and the Ichiro thread I would not have had the confidence to have bid on it.
Great buy, Dave. Now you can explain us the finer points of Ichiro's work, as you study the mask. It will be the only written essay on his work (of my knowledge) in the West since Burawoy's article twenty years ago.