A splendid Makie lacquer small brazier decorated with Tsuta-Makie, or Ivy motif Makie. Some parts of the hand warmer are decorated with beautifully inlaid leafs which shine in various colors under light. On the bottom, a snail is inlaid to keep the balance of the brazier, which is very unique.
Condition: This fabulous Makie hand warmer is in excellent conditions, with slight wear and small restorations on the bottom and the mouth due to aging, however with no other damages...
A pair of doves by Iwase Seifu enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Size: wide 36.2cm×22.6cm ×Hight18cm
OFUKU (OTAFUKU) DOLL
Traditional ofuku (otafuku) clay doll with pleasing countenance finishing with 'gofun' white pigment.
According to the finishing of its "painted" kimono dress as unglazed by firing, it would be the one of very scarce mass-produced piece from the studio, confirmed the sign of celebrated 'Dohachi family' at the bottom of doll.
(Not recommended to wipe stain out by wet cloth...
A charming figural group of seven bronze and parcel-gilt musicians mounted upon a tiered, burl wood stand. Each of the seven figures is individually modeled. So animated is the sculptural quality of this okimono, that musical strains appear to be heard from each member of this youth orchestra. Gilt signature plaque of master metallurgist Miyao Eisuke can be found on the flutist...
An articulated bronze sculpture of a crab, its incised work and modeling naturalistically rendered. These unbelievable moveable sculptures, in great demand during Meiji times are still heralded today as marvels in Japanese ingenuity. This bronze crab, an excellent version of the genre, is in very good condition with all moving parts intact. Width: 7.5” Meiji Period, Japan
A charming and delightful Japanese wood okimono of three puppies with playful expressions, their fur expertly incised, their eyes inlaid with amber. Length: 6.75” Meiji Period, Japan This wood okimono is in excellent condition.
A large and finely worked, root sculpture depicting a pair of birds (male and female pheasants?) on a tree trunk. The sculpture is partly natural and partly worked with a deep honey-colored hue and very nice details. Both birds are attached to the tree trunk by small pegs emulating their legs (one original peg replaced). Meiji, 19th cent. H 61.5 cm. Condition: Very good (one or two twigs may be broken on the male bird).
This is a boxwood okimono formed as a toad. The small sculpture exhibits extensive carving with careful attention to the toad's musculature and inlaid-horn eyes. The signature of the master, Masanao, is carved on the base. This okimono is in excellent condition with no cracks or restoration. Length: 3.5" Meiji Period, Japan
Crafted in silver, this lovely okimono shows three standing rabbits rendered with fine incised work and holding a glass ball "moon."(Part of the zodiac, rabbits in Japanese art often relate to the charming folk tale of the rabbit offering to sacrifice itself as lunch for an old man resting in a forest...
A lively bronze boar modeled with naturalistic precision, its fur, ears, snout, positioning of the legs and opened mouth describing the incomparable motility of the piece. The glance from its gold-ringed, silver and shakudo eyes intensifies its realism. Engraved signature plaque on nether side reads Gyoko. This magnificent sculpture of a boar is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Length: 13.5”, height: 5.5” Meiji Period, Japan
Accounting records of Meiji 21-43 (1888-1910), binding 9 books for one fat account book, from Awaji Island in Hyogo prefecture as its provenance.
A graffitical object in aesthetic form with presence, in exceptionally fine antique condition for the age and for the type, as seen. A selected inspiration.
Very fine larger okimono depicting Two Doves on the Oak tree by Yamazaki Seimei with original signed wooden storage box.
Size : L.45 cm , H. 38 cm
Age: 1920-1950 s
A nice bronze water dropper / suiteki made in the shape of a quail. H. 5,2 cm x L. 6,5 cm. Meiji. Good condition.
A whimsical boxwood carving of a fisherman with look of shock on his face as an octopus crawls out of his basket and onto his head and shoulders. The extreme care and detail of this piece along with the amusing expressions make it especially wonderful. Signed by "Kogetsu".
Meiji age (1868-1912) Provenance: From the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon.
Size: 6" height, 3.5" width
A very finely carved ivory okimono of a fisherman wearing a grass apron and carrying a basket containing a fish. Additionally (within the basket) is a small bound bundle of reeds or sticks...
Highly collectable clay art doll called Miyoshi doll, which is also known as Miyoshi-deko (clay figure) featuring forty-seven ronin. The doll usually has a peculiar gloss all over them, especially on their faces. It is a simple but has a hint of beauty expressed by a Japanese traditional techniques handed down from generation to generation...
Muromachi period 1336-1573 AD bronze okimono, lost wax figure of an emaciated old man sitting on a what at first I thought was an ancient piece of coral but seems to be a meteorite made of nickel that really makes this a rare piece of art( working on confirming the base material), it was purchased in kagoshima japan in the countryside in the early 90s .The figure is wearing a jacket with a circle pattern detail as well as long sleeves showing fold lines it was black lacquer with most remaining ...
A large stained boxwood okimono of a seated, snarling tiger, his upper body sustained by two robust front paws. This classic representation of the beautiful beast is finely striped and glares with inlaid eyes. It is in excellent condition with expected minor surface wear commensurate with age. Height: 7”, Length: 10.75” Late Edo period, Japan