Fine Oriental bronzes are stunning and exotic. This 27½" high
July 28th, 2005
Fine Oriental bronzes are stunning and exotic. This 27½" high Japanese usabata from the Meiji period was created using bronzes with different compositions. The primary bronze was sentoku, and contrasts were created by inlays of silver, a little gold, and a variety of other bronze alloys. Floral stems extended into the deep well of this usabata while the shallow tray at the top served as a source of moisture to keep blossoms fresh. It brought $2200 (est. $3000/ 3500). Robert C. Eldred Company's Oriental Art Auction, East Dennis, Massachusetts, August 19-24, 1996.