A curious Shinto-Buddhist house-shrine of plain, undecorated wood with partly coloured image of Ebi (holy snake). Glass door. Japan, Taisho-Showa period, first half of 20th cent. H 19 cm, W 11.5 cm. Condition: Excellent w. very little wear.
An interesting and very decorative lacquer vase with gold foil surface and geometric pattern in shades of gold. Fixed insert of copper. Japan, Taisho-early Showa, 1925/30. H 21 cm. Condition: Over-all very good with minor wear to surface. However, name in bottom scratched off.
An black lacquered altar-box (zushi) containing the image of Nichiren (1222Ė1282), the founder of the Nichiren School of Japanese Buddhism. The patriarch is here depicted reading from the Lotus Sutra (Hokkekyo). Dated Taisho, 1926. H 16 cm, W 12 cm (box). Condition: Fair w. some wear to lacquer box. The closure has been partly replaced. Inner inscriptions only partly legible.
A large and powerful Bizen vase of cylindrical form decorated in traditional style with unglazed parts, burnt iron, incrustations from the firing including ash traces. Signed: Shi (司), same as yellow textile. Inscribed and signed kiri-box 司造. Around 1975. H 25 cm, D 12 cm. Condition: Perfect.
A large and very attractive, lobed Kutani vase with a high neck in porcelain. The piece is decorated with a mottled, Prussian blue glaze over which are purplish splashes covering the upper part. Signed in the bottom with a seal Kutani Yasukichi (1907Ė1997), (second generation Tokuda, and father of Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko. Accompanied by fully signed kiri-box. Japan, Showa, ca. 1970. H 29 cm. CONDITION: Flawless
A paper weight or brush rest in the form of two immortality mushrooms (rekishi). The piece is made of parcel-gilt and patinated bronze. Signed w. impressed seal: Hata Zokoku. Japan: Late Taisho Showa. L 10 cm. Condition: Excellent.
A very attractive and fine cast iron incense container (kogo) for tea ceremony decorated with a motif from the Ten Ox-herding Pictures of Zen Buddhism. Inside covered in gold. Signed by Suzuki Morihisa (1920Ė1981), a 14th generation of cast iron-makers from Morioka who later taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo. A frequent exhibitor at the Nitten. With original signed kiri-tomobako. Showa period ca. 1960. H 3 cm, D 7,2. Condition: Perfect.