Japanese Floor Screen Weights
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)