An impressive pair of Miyao bronze candelabra. By the Miyao workshop, Meiji period (late 19th century). Photo Bonhams.
Finely cast as a pair of samurai bearing a rich brown patina, wearing ornate robes over armor, decorated with phoenix and scrolling paulownia vines and dragons among swirling clouds, each warrior clutching a naginata in one hand and a candelabra aloft in the other, the candelabra branches worked with dragon-head spouts, stylized dragons and scrolling foliage, the details highlighted in gilt, both signed Miyao in a rectangular gilt plaque; each with a fitted wood stand; 24in (61cm) high. Sold for US$ 43,750 (€31,790)
Published: Laura Bordignon, The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, Suffolk, 2010, p.261
Bonhams. FINE JAPANESE WORKS OF ART. 19 Mar 2014, New York.www.bonhams.com