The image represents two beautifully modeled Japanese mandarin ducks, “Oshidori”, in a combination of brass, silver and bronze-coloured metals. The detailing is wonderful, showing the ducks in a courtship-type display in their water/grasslands element. These unique “feet” were first described by Edward S. Morse in his book “Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings,” originally published in 1885: “When a Japanese screen is unfolded and placed on the floor, various devices are provided to prevent the end panels being swayed by the wind. These metal sculptures act as a check, or a heavy weight at the bottom end of the screen, which are fitted into the slot of each weight.” The condition is very good, with some surface scratches on the metals which are consistent with age and usage on the floor. Given their rarity and value, such minor blemishes are quite insignificant.
Approximate age: 1920-1940.
Dimensions: 3 ¼”w x 4 ½”d x 3”h (8.3cm x 11.4cm x 7.6cm)
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection