Subject:Re: Cloisonne censer
Posted By: Guy Sat, Apr 22, 2017
This is a mark used by the Japanese workshop of the master bronze maker Murata Seimin (1761-1837) reading 'Dai Nippon Bunsei nen Seimin chû' (大日本 文政年 整珉鋳 - Great Japan, Bunsei years, cast by Seimin).
Bunsei corresponds with the period between 1818 and 1830 in the late Edo era - during Seimin's lifetime - but the notion 'Dai Nippon' refers certainly to the Meiji Period (1868-1912). For this reason, this koro should be dated early Meiji era, 1870s. The signature, used by bronzecaster Murata Seimin, is routinely found on pieces of somewhat later date.
Cfr. lot 203 Sotheby's 16 June 2009
URL Title :Sotheby\'s sale 16 June 2009