Japanese Meiji period teardrop form cabinet vase covered in a rich mottled blue glaze over a brown base. The vase bears the impressed mark of Okumura Shozan (1841-1905) on the glazed base. Shozan is perhaps best known for his remarkable copies of Ninsei and Kenzan works. 19th century. 4 1/8" high (5 1/8" on the stand). Stand included. Very good overall condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. There is a tiny pin-head sized area at the foot where the glaze does not cover. T ...click for details
Japanese Arita porcelain round form deep dish decorated in underglaze blue with a karashishi (Buddhist lion dog) among leafy flowers set against a faintly celadon tinted white ground. The back bears an abbreviated apocryphal Chinese Ming dynasty Chenghua reign mark (Taimin nenka) on the glazed base. The foot rim is unglazed. The outside well is decorated around the circumference with karakusa. Circa 1800. Measures just over 11 1/4" diameter x 2" high. Very good overall condition ...click for details
Chinese Ming dynasty fahua figure molded in the form of a standing warrior glazed in brilliant aubergine, amber, and turquoise enamels, the face, hands, and back left unglazed. A hole in the fist of the raised arm suggests the figure once held a staff or weapon. The interior is hollow and unglazed. 16th century. Stands 9” high. Very good overall condition with only minor glaze flaking evident. There is a chip in the inside edge of the base and there are some collector or dealer notations in ...click for details
Pair of late Qing pottery joss stick holders in the form of parrots perched on a rocky base. The birds are painted on the biscuit in a green glaze with brown and yellow accents. 9 1/4” and 8 3/4” high. Late 19th to early 20th century. Very good overall condition. There are minor glaze flakes to the head of the tallest bird. From the private collection of a former American expatriate to Guangzhou in 1983-1984.
8 3/8" high Japanese treebark vase decorated on the front with a landscape motif. Tree-bark (Jitaisome Jippo) is a form of ceramic cloisonne in which the colors are done using lacquer rather than enamel. Using lacquer to cover the porcelain jar to resemble treebark, the wires are set into the lacquer to form the designs and the cells are filled with lacquer and polished. This lacquer is not fired. Dates from the Taisho to early Showa period. There is a very worn unidentified stamped mark on ...click for details
Matching pair of Japanese Imari porcelain jars of inverted pear form covered with a high domed lid topped with a round chrysanthemum bud form finial. The vertically ribbed body is decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze rust-red enamel and gilt highlights. A large panel on the front features two shishi on opposing sides of a prominent floral pattern while the back holds a smaller cartouche with a bird and flower motif. 18-petal chrysanthemum (kiku) mon are also set against a backgro ...click for details
Japanese 19th century Imari bowl with foliate rim decorated on the interior with a flowering plant executed in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with gilt highlights set against a white porcelain ground. Eight underglaze blue cloud forms decorate the exterior. The base is marked with an apocryphal Chinese Ming dynasty "Chenghua year made" mark. 7" diameter x 2 1/8"H. Early Meiji period to possibly late Edo. Very good overall condition with typical minor wear to the gi ...click for details
Two Japanese Imari porcelain octagonal form dishes measuring about 6 1/2"L x 5 1/2”W x 1 1/2"H. Each dish is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome pigments with gilt highlights and features a central medallion with a bird flying above a landscape. The interior border consists of eight alternating geometric and floral panels. The exterior circumference is decorated with an underglaze blue karakusa motif. The dishes appear to date from the late Meiji to Taisho period (ci ...click for details
Two Japanese Imari porcelain round form dishes measuring 6" diameter x 1 1/4” high. Each dish is decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome pigments with gilt highlights and features a circular central floral medallion surrounded by six alternating panels, three painted with flowers in a garden and three decorated with birds set against an underglaze blue background with gilt scrolling vine highlights. The exterior circumference is decorated with underglaze blue stylized forms. ...click for details
Japanese Arita porcelain nagazara rectangular tray decorated in sometsuke (underglaze blue enamel). The interior center features a shochikubai pattern, or “three friends” motif of pine, prunus and bamboo. The exterior is decorated with a sometsuke karakusa (scrolling foliage) design. The four edges have a cut corner finish. Similar examples of the pattern on the interior cavetto can be found on page 516 (plate 4070) and on 521 (plates 4111 and 4112) of the “Complete Catalogue of the Shibata Col ...click for details
Japanese Meiji period "aka-e" (red) Kutani deep bowl finely decorated on the interior with a dense geometric and floral pattern in overglaze rust-red and gilt highlights. A square cartouche at the center holds a gilt "ho-o" (phoenix) bird in flight. The exterior is decorated around the circumference with festive lanterns. The base holds a red three-character mark reading in Japanese "Kutani made." Dates from the late 19th century. 8 1/2" diameter x 2 5/8" ...click for details
Japanese heavily potted Meiji “aka-e”(red) Kutani style export porcelain 3-piece tea set consisting of a covered teapot, creamer, and covered sugar vessel decorated in overglaze rust-red and polychrome enamels with gilt highlights. An alternating central cartouche on both sides of each piece includes figural motifs engaged in scholarly activities in outdoor settings. The base holds a red four-character “Kobe Kita made” mark which dates the set to the late Meiji/early Taisho periods (1900-1915). ...click for details
Unusual Chinese Song dynasty stoneware molded praying monkey covered in a runny brown glaze probably crafted to serve as a toy or tomb object. About 2 1/2" long. Circa 12th century. Very good overall condition with a tiny glaze loss to one ear. From the private collection of a former American expatriate to Guangzhou in 1983-1984.
Chinese late Qing to early Republic period ceramic modeled container shaped like a "ha ma," or toad, with a hollow body and flat base covered in a monochrome pearl glaze with a seeded finish. Measures about 10 ½”L x 9 ¼”W x 6”H. There are some old surface cracks visible. The back section appears to have been restored and the gray areas in the pearl glaze appear to be old restorations which were executed in China. There does not seem to have been any effort to disguise these repairs ...click for details
Large Meiji Period Japanese "aka-e" (red) Kutani deep bowl decorated in overglaze rust-red and polychrome enamels with gilt highlights and featuring a central scene of birds in a landscape with a pond and flowering plants. The interior border consists of four alternating sections of butterflies set against scrolling foliage and geometric patterns. The exterior is decorated on opposing sides with a landscape and floral bouquet. The base holds a red two-character mark reading in Japanes ...click for details