An unusual 19th C iron brush washer. Crafted with a finish and patina similar to that found on Tetsubin of the period. Circular, with opposing brush rests in the rim. In the center of the bowl there are there rows of three domes of a style called large Hail Stones on Tetsubin. The base is finished with a circular foot. In very good condition. 5 1/2 " in diameter.
An attractive, shallow porcelain bowl with foliated rim and fluted caveto The Sometsuke, ( cobalt blue underglaze painting ), depicts a crane in flight, symbol of long life and a popular provincial motif. Classically 19th Century with pin holes in the glaze and spur marks on the base. In excellent condition. 11' in diameter x 2" in height.
A 1961, untitled woodblock print from Hodaka Yoshida, (1926-1995). A leading mid 20th Century Japanese modernist who's work is sought after by collectors. Signed Y.H. in the lower right corner. In excellent condition.
Professionally framed with a double matt.
Frame, 13.75" x 17", image 4" x 6".
It is said that the Meiji Emperor urged Tennen Moyo Kagami, one of the foremost Kimono designers of his time, to publish his designs in an effort to encourage the Japanese people to appreciate the old traditions. This urging resulted in the publication in 1899, of a now very rare, five volume set of designs. This beautiful woodcut is a testament to Tennen's skill.
Professionally framed in acid free materials. Aiban size, 9" x 13" and in frame 18.5" X 14.5". slight toni ...click for details
With an unusual buff body on which a molded porcelain scene of two monks or pilgrims are resting and taking a moment for tea, this teapot has all of the classic characteristics of Sumida Gawa pottery. The pot is signed with the familiar Inoue Ryosai cartouche. Both the bamboo handle and the lid are original to the piece. 6" in height, 5" in diameter. In excellent condition.
Lyric Kyoto, a woodcut by Rikio Takahashi, b. 1917. An impression from the same printing is in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
the image is 4.25' x 6" and shown with a matt which is 9.5" x 12". In excellent condition
This is a very nice example of signed Sumida Gawa in the seldom encountered Tankard size. The applied elephant is in very good condition with no chips or damage. The handle has been well repaired. The foot rim shows slight wear and there is one slight rub on the body. Overall in very good condition.
Size is 5.75" in height and 3.75" in diameter.
An unmounted Tanto blade in the desirable Hira-Zukuri or flat sided style. The characteristics of the blade are obscured by the need for restoration. The blade surface is stained and has some shallow pitting and would require polish to allow detailed examination of it's construction. There is a faint hamon, and small nicks to the blade edge as, as shown. The nakago has a single hole and appears to have been repaired and cleaned by some former owner. The overall length is 14.75", nakago ...click for details
A signed pair of War Fan Menuki for the Tsuka on a Japanese Katana or Wakizashi. Gold Gilt over bronze or brass with fine detail. The size suggests that they are probably Edo Period.
Signed and in a keri wood storage box.
2.5" in length.
Collected in Japan in the 1970's and never used, this Kama is in mint condition. With an attractive textured metal body and lion heads holding metal rings at the shoulders. The lid is patinated brass or bronze with a melon like finial. A functional art object, ready for use in Tea Ceremony.
Showa Period , mid 1970's. 9.6" in diameter and 8.6" in height.
Impressive in it's size, this bowl was crafted to be used. With characteristic creamy yellow underglaze, a green drip from the rim and a prominent crackle this was a beauty when it came from the kiln. Years of use have left a few attractive scars with chips, glaze cracks and a few hairlines. None the less it is still a piece that speaks to a collector. We have tried to include images that tell the story. Please feel free to ask questions. Meiji Period, C 1900. 14.75" in Diamete ...click for details
The shape of this jar is enhanced by the artists use of two patinas, with the darker applied slanting horizontally across the face, with the lighter suggesting the sky and the darker lower half suggesting the earth. A Family of Pheasants, Rooster, Hen and Chick in mixed metals adorns the mid face. In excellent condition, having been stored in it's included cedar storage box since the 1940's.
7" in height, 5" in diameter.
Reflecting the Japanese reverence for nature during the Meiji Period, this bowl has a textured surface called Totai or Tree Bark. The shape of the bowl is the tree trunk in cross section. Perhaps intended an incense bowl?
Standing on four short pillar legs, the bowl is 8.75" in diameter and 2.25" in height. In excellent condition with no cracks or damage.