This must end with famous auctionhouses selling of repros as Edo. Someone from this forum should get in contact with the so called expert and stir some shit up. I'm pretty sure Christies don't want this out in the public. So they better shape up... My two cents on this issue
Jan, they do have this disclaimer at the bottom of the description that I just noticed, does this absolve them of any liability?>
Saleroom Notice PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE OF THIS LOT COULD BE LATER THAN THE DATE STATED IN THE CATALOGUE
Many works produced by Saotome Ietada are decorative daimyo armors with components outsourced to different craftsman; this armor is unique in that it was likely produced completely by Ietada himself or in the same Saotome workshop. incredible...!
A red lacquer armor Helmet by Saotome Ienori, Edo period (18th century) Laced in blue and trimmed in stenciled doe-skin and comprising a russet-iron sixty-two plate suji kabuto fitted with a five-stage gilt-copper, copper and shakudo tehen kanamono the mabizashi and the fukigaeshi with gilt-copper fukurin carved with floral scroll, the five lame shikoro terminating in fukigaeshi mounted with gilt-copper heraldic crests, the helmet bowl signed Joshu ju Saotome Ienori, the impressive lacquered wood maedate designed as a horseshoe crab tail, menpo with standing flanges on the cheeks and gilt-metal teeth, the black lacquer mustache and chin tuft a later edition, fitted with a four-lame yodarekake, the cuirass a nimai yokohagi okegawa do in dangae-style, close laced on the top and bottom plates and fitted with two gilt-metal rings, seven sections of five-lame kusazuri; chusode; odagote with gilt-metal hearaldic crests on the tekko; kawarahaidate; shinogote and waraji sandals; one wooden storage box with leather cover decorated with matching heraldic crests, no armor stand SALEROOM NOTICES Please note this armor has two storage boxes with leather covers decorated with heraldic crests.
Sold for US$ 35,000 inc. premium Apparently this is the only armor sold in this auction.