Incredible 1910 "Mayor's Cup" - Japanese Silver Trophy Presented to "Woodbine"
<p>This piece and its mate, a silver cigar box also in this auction, represent a whole ‘nother level of quality, unmatched by anything we have ever seen in the sports world. This is a quality normally reserved for royalty, and most fittingly, in the "Sport of Kings." Uniquely engraved, "Nippon Race Club - Yokohama - Autumn Meeting 1910 - MAYOR'S CUP - Won By Mr. J.C. Fletcher's "Woodbine" - Presented by Yoshitaro Arakawa - Mayor of Yokohama." This resplendent Japanese silver trophy stands a majestic 17" tall including the original hand-carved wooden base. A perfect example of Meiji Period silver, it's completely handmade by Japanese silversmith "Samurai Shokai," and signed by him on the bottom. Shokai is recognized as one of the finest silver artists of the period. This delicate beauty is wrapped with a superbly detailed figural bird ("The Phoenix") and finely decorated with additional silver adornments. In original condition with no major defects, the thick gauge .950 high grade Japanese sterling weighs in at an impressive 1,756 grams. Even comes in its original custom made wooden carrier box (missing wooden lid) wit the name "J.C. Fletcher" written on the side. Provenance: Originally presented to J.C. Fletcher, an important Canadian in the early days of racing. A) Shown here is an actual image of the trophy on display in Fletcher’s trophy room. This trophy stands at top left. An important part of early horse racing, he actually shipped his horses, including Woodbine, all over the world (Japan, United States, Australia). B) Shown here is an image of Mr. Fletcher on Woodbine. The trophy made its way to the esteemed "Haas Collection" of Montreal. Supreme 1950s-1980s Japanese art collectors, Mr. and Mrs. Haas bought only the best. Their world-famous collection is immortalized in Louis Lawrence’s, "Satsuma Masterpieces From The World’s Important Collections."</p><p><strong>Addendum: An image has been posted of the trophy in Mr. Fletcher's personal collection, as well as the display box that comes with it.</strong></p>
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