Help with a Chinese parasol handle

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Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby rat-tail » Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:20 pm

Hi Would appreciate it if anyone could identify the silversmith who made this very charming and highly decorative parasol handle. It just has a single mark. Any details about the maker would be a plus. Many thanks Frank

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby davidross » Tue May 01, 2012 9:48 pm

The mark reads "jungin" ("pure silver"), pointing to Japan.

One possibility is Nomura, a major Meiji-Taisho maker known for high-relief floral designs on tea sets, bowls, and vanity sets. As far as I know, Nomura's work was always signed 野村造 ("Nomura-made"), but the parasol may have been part of a set in which only some pieces were signed by the maker.

Without a maker's mark, it is impossible to make a definite attribution. Searching for examples of Nomura's work might turn up a signed piece with this design.

Sorry that I can't offer a better lead.
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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby dognose » Tue May 01, 2012 11:43 pm

Hi David,

Is this Yozo Nomura of Samurai Shokai? If so, a little more detail can be found at: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=24259&p=59512

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby davidross » Wed May 02, 2012 12:17 am

Hello Trev

Yes, one and the same, Nomura Yozo (野村洋三).

Here is an image of his maker's mark (which needs to be rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise and read vertically), to the right of the "jungin" mark, of course.

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby dognose » Wed May 02, 2012 10:12 am

Hi David,

Many thanks for the confirmation.

Is it possible that you could post a larger version of the mark, for addition into the Far East info topic.

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby davidross » Wed May 02, 2012 11:36 am

Hi Trev

This should be better

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Please do include Nomura's mark in the Far East info topic.

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby dognose » Wed May 02, 2012 12:40 pm

Excellent David, many thanks.

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby rat-tail » Wed May 02, 2012 5:13 pm

David many thanks - much appreciated
regards Frank
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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby rauls » Tue May 08, 2012 10:58 am

The parasol handle has a typical Japanese enamel silver pattern which was never used in any Chinese silver. :)
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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby patgc » Tue May 06, 2014 6:35 pm

Dont know if you still have this item, but I have a similar handle, slighty diferent shape but same decoration of hanging wisteria and on mine it has the Jungin mark and the word MUSASHIYA who I believe are Japanese makers from Yokohama.
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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby davidross » Wed May 07, 2014 1:10 am

Yes, Musashiya was one of the better makers of the same period, so it certainly could be their work.

Would it be possible to post photos of the parasol handle and the Musashiya mark?

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby patgc » Sun May 11, 2014 2:38 pm

David, hopefully one of the handle and one of the mark.



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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby patgc » Sun May 11, 2014 2:51 pm

David, hopewfully one of the handle and one of the mark.

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Think thats correct now. Sorry about the previous one.
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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby patgc » Sun May 11, 2014 5:35 pm

Am now wondering if that is a 'Jungin' silver mark or is it a makers mark ?
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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby davidross » Sun May 11, 2014 7:57 pm

Many thanks for posting great photos of a splendid object.

The Chinese characters are, indeed, a jungin mark.

It looks like "Musashiya" was restruck over a weak first impression.

I am not completely certain that Musashiya was the only Japanese maker of enameled silver, but the similarity between this parasol handle and the first one are certainly obvious. There is also the possibility that the maker of such parasol handles supplied them to more than one retailer.

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Re: Help with a Chinese parasol handle

Postby patgc » Mon May 12, 2014 6:30 am

Yes, I thought it was a restruck mark. You can make out some of the same letters underneath but they are not as 'strong' as the obvious MUSASHIYA. Would love to know who the designer/silversmith was, it is such a beautiful object and have been unable to find another (other than the original one in this thread) on the net. Have found tea services etc but no other handle.
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