A few select items from the collection are moving out and looking for new homes, proceeds will be invested in the workshop and materials for current projects. Unpapered as it has been in a family continuously until recently, probably Mid Edo period (~1701-1761), this antique from Japan could be added to a collection or used for sword restoration or study, sold as is. Pairs with this fuchi/kashira set as it appears to be the same character.
Item: 1 kozuka
Material: copper with inlaid shakudo and gold
Size: L99mm x W15mm/14mm x D5mm
the kozuka is signed 乗意 (joui)
杉浦乗意 (Sugiura Joui) invented shishiaibori (肉合彫, sunken/low relief/below surface carving) in the mid-edo era (1701-1761), yokoya school, considered one of “nara no sansaku” (奈良三作, three great masters of nara) along with Nara Toshinaga (奈良利寿) and Tsuchiya Yasuchika (土屋安親)
Sugiura Joi (1701 – 1761)
His given name was Tahichi. After manfood, Senuemon. Born in Kano of Mino Province as a son of Samurai of Toda Domain. After Toda Domain moved to Shinano Province under the order from the Tokugawa Shogunate, he became an official craftsman for the domain.
He became a disciple of Nara Toshinaga in Edo. Later, he called himself “Eishun” as he was given one kanji character “Naga” from the head of the Naras “Toshinaga”. (The kanji character “Naga” is also called “Ei” in Japanese.) After shaving his head, he called himself “Joi”.
Joi liked to use Shibuichi (alloy of copper and silver). His pieces of works are elaborate. He was good at using “Narabori” carving method, and devised “Shishiaibori” carving method. His pen name is Issan-Do. So that he sometimes inscribed “Issan-Do Joi” on his works.