My understanding is that around the turn of the 20th century or 1900 the Government of Japan commissioned a Master Artisan of Wood Carving to make this work of art to be placed inside an embassy. I believe this to be true as the carvings central theme is the official flower of the Japanese Imperial Family namely a Chrysanthemum. The carving was to be placed upon a gilt bronze stand, which rings of truth as there is a perfectly drilled larger hole in each of the four base feet. I hope my photos are suitable as this truly is spectacular though simple themed as a piece of root wood. I am sure this wonderful carving would be standing in a fine embassy today, except somewhere at a time while carving the work it fell, doing superficial damage to one of the petals. The quality of the carving of this special piece is such that a suitable fix would be golden in nature.
About six years ago an appraiser at Waddington’s Auctions Toronto mentioned that he felt the sculpture was made of Zitan. The wood grain is a mid dark brown in color, and though the piece is quite heavy I will not commit to that genre of wood, though it is a possibility. $CAN 12000.00 Dollars
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