An important kozuka by Nomura Masahide. Masahide was the 8th generation head of the Nomura school. He was active in the late Edo period, circa 1825. His first name was Hidegoro and he used the go of Seiryushi and Seiryuken. The Nomura School began with Kozaemon Masatoki (1616-1679). Masatoki's teacher was either Goto Kengo or Goto Tokujo according to some old tosogu books. The Goto style can be seen clearly in their work. However, one can observe a feeling unique to Nomura when we look at the mixing-in of machi-bori style realism and also the very fine nanako.
The theme of this kozuka is a bundle of chrysanthemums. There are details in gold and silver. The mon is tall and the overall execution of the work is quite detailed. Realistic elements such as the turning of the leaf's color and the drops of dew on the leaves are so delightful. The interior of the chrysanthemum flowers are intricately carved. The coloring of the elements is carefully done. There are no areas of overlapping colors or un-tidy borders. This is a kozuka made with great care and high skill.
This kozuka has a hako-gaki by Dr. Kanzan Sato. It states the following:
The box lid:
Bundle of flowers kozuka
Inside of the lid:
Shakudo nanako-ji, Takabori, Iroe
Mei Nomura Masahide kao
A famous item
Showa 42, Autumn (1967)
This hako-gaki by Sato is from the earlier period of his appraisal work and bears his two seals. Among Sato's hakogaki, such an example is the most desirable.
This exact Masahide kozuka was published in the Nihonto Taikan. Please see the photo of the page below. This set of books is counted among the most important works on the study of Nhinto and Tosogu. It was a seven volume set published from 1965-1970 by Dr. Junji Honma, Dr. Kanzan Sato and others. The items published in the Nihonto Taikan are considered among the best and most representative works for study. The fact that this kozuka was selected by Honma and Sato for the publication speaks clearly to its quality, condition and empirical value. (books not included)
A translation of the page is as follows:
Flower Bundle Kozuka Mei Nomura Masahide Kao
Measurement: nagasa 9.8 cm, width 1.45 cm, thickness 0.5 cm
Material and design Shakudo nanako-ji Takabori, iroe, zogan
Explanation: Bundle of chrysanthemum flowers in shakudo nanako-ji and takabori. Flowers and leaves have iroe. It is showing the Goto style clearly with well arranged design. Nomura artisans learned tosogu making from the Goto family. (Hiroi, Yuich)
In addition to the custom fitted box with Sato's hako-gaki, this kozuka comes with a 1995 NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon paper. The high level of the paper is another testament to the quality of this kozkua. This is everything a collector of fine fittings could hope for in an item. It is a signed work by a well regarded maker and important school. It has a Tokubetsu Hozon paper, Hako-gaki by Kanzan Sato and was published in the Nihonto Taikan. It is important to note that Dr. Sato stated this Kozuka is a "famous item" on the hako-gaki. This kozuka has been a highly regarded work among experts in tosogu for a long time. A delight to recommend in every way.