Another auction pick up! Art Nouveau brass vase or modern repro?

Discussion in 'Metalware' started by Elen Beattie, Jul 9, 2022.

  1. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Hello! Another item (metal) that I am keen to figure out. I am not great with identifying metals, especially knowing if they are older or more modern. This vase has an Art Nouveau aesthetic but is it older or a more recent repro from India for example? I'd love to know how you can tell. Measures 4.75"H x 5.5"L x 4.4"W. Thanks as always!

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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    It doesn't look all that old to me, but I'm not an expert. Doesn't look like repop either, more like a reinterpretation of the older style. OTOH I could be all wet, so...
     
  3. LauraGarnet02

    LauraGarnet02 Well-Known Member

    it makes me think spitoon. But I guess it's too small to be a regular spittoon and too big to be an individual spittoon.
     
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  4. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    It is a more recent example.
     
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  5. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Good to know, thank you!
     
  6. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    Thickness and quality of the workmanship make me think this is not a recent piece. May be 20th century but think first half rather than the second.
     
  7. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Thanks a lot for the info, much appreciated!!
     
  8. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    a few results-Japanese bronze bhudist altarpiece/incense burner,turn of century.another-antique Chinese Qing/Ming-echoes earlier neolithic pottery.Prices all over the map-$60-$600.Google Lens this-it's there.
     
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  9. Elen Beattie

    Elen Beattie Well-Known Member

    Hi! So I just had a chance to look as per your recommendation. I found the word "Mimikuchi" associated, so when I Googled that I found lots of examples! Here is one sold at Bonhams (obviously not like mine, mine is more in the $60 range likely and not as old!) for reference. Bonhams : A bronze mimikuchi ('ear-mouth') shape vase for Rikka flower arrangements Edo period (1615-1868), late 18th/early 19th century (2)

    This listing mentions Japanese flower arranging, but others say incense burner. Thanks for your help!
     
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  10. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    I'd like to find that particular bronze Mimikuchi (or a pair of them !).
     
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