A very fine and impressive antique Japanese silver presentation bowl; part of our silverware collection
This very fine and impressive antique
Japanese silver bowl has a circular form onto a plain circular collet foot.
The bowl is embellished with two applied sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) designs.
has a shaped molded rim. bowl
This fine bowl has an inner skin - a feature of high quality Japanese pieces of this type.
There is a contemporary engraved inscription to the underside of the bowl which reads
'To Mr & Mrs G Osborn from Mr & Mrs K Okura 1917'.
The hallmarks struck to the underside of the bowl translate as follows:
The hallmark / seal with the dark background denotes 'pure silver' in two characters.
The three following characters translate as 'Miya Moto Made' (Miyamoto Made)
Miyamoto Shoko, silversmiths since 1880, created items for the Japanese Government and Royal family, and handled pieces made by the nation's top-class craftsment in the early 1900's - as such, they were highly esteemed.
There is a strong probabilty, that K Okura refers to Kihachiro Okura (or possibly his son, Kishchiro Okura), founding members of Okura Shukokan, the Tokyo Art Museum, established in 1917.
It is feasible that this bowl was commissioned by Kihachiro, to present to European friends.
antique Japanese silver bowl is a very good gauge of silver, excellent quality and in fine condition.
The bowl has been professionally polished an is in presentation condition.
Hallmarks struck to the underside of the bowl are all very clear.
Reflections in photography may detract from the true representation of this example of antique silverware.
Diameter of top 24.5cm/9.8"
Diameter of Base 12.4cm/4.8"
38 troy ounces/1182g
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