Japanese scholar’s objects were, in a sense, the luxury goods of their time, but rather than wealth what they really represented was the physical embodiment of the scholar’s intellectual curiosity and aesthetic taste. As well as the creation of the ‘three perfections’ — poetry, paintings, and calligraphy — a key aspect of life as a scholar/artist was the appreciation and study of these pursuits. Scroll weights would have been used to weigh down a paper scroll, allowing the scholars to quietly reflect on the contents before them.
Represented is a beautiful pair of 19th/c Antique Japanese Scroll weights, (heavy bars used by painters and readers of scrolls). Both pieces are engraved with one continuous image of a natural motif representing a Blooming Cherry tree, Chrysanthemums, and a pair of Birds highlighted in silver. A spring poem is inscribed on the top of one weight. Both pieces have the artists stamp on the back. Condition: Excellent as originally made. Dimensions: ¾”w x 4-3/8”L x 3-8”h.
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