An interesting pair of Japanese porcelain octagonal bowls or cups standing on a pedestal foot and decorated in underglaze blue with a landscape scene with watchtower. Arita, mid-19th cent. Height: 2 ½ in.; diameter: 4 3/8 in.
Perfect condition. This curious view seems to be related to a group of much earlier Arita export wares which show a similar watchtower structure in a design popularly known as “Deshima Island”.
A rare Indian alabaster figure of a seated European. Height: 4 1/8 in. 19th cent.
The figure is seated cross-legged in the Indian manner, but wears European dress apart from the cap or turban and shoes. He is presumably a merchant. The nose is chipped and the figure was clearly holding something in his right hand, which has now been lost. Such figures reflect Indian curiosity about European dress and manners during the ...click for details
A Japanese pottery bowl enamelled on the interior with a central ao-kutani style motif of a bird and flowers surrounded by a panelled border of figures, flowers and ju characters and to the exterior with floral sprays. Diameter: 6 5/8 in. c.1900.
Perfect. The uneven rustic potting of this bowl and casually dripped, lightly-crackled glaze is very appealing. ...click for details
A kabuki print by Utagawa Kunisada c. 1830. Dimensions: 14 ¾ x 10 in.
The art-name is Gototei used by Kunisada up until 1844. The print has lost its frame, but has been mounted with care from the top edge only. Some wear to the edges and a little grubby, but no damages or repairs.