Featuring a Japanese Meiji carving of monkey trainer with monkey on his shoulder peering through a hoop. The man is holding a piece of fruit for which the monkey is reaching. The features of the man are well carved as is the entire piece. Dimensions: 6.25" tall x 2.5" wide at base and 2 1/8" deep at base. Weight approximately 11 ounces. Signed with an inlaid red lacquer seal which is found on finer pieces. Dates circa 1890. The condition is very good with no missing pieces or chips...
This a small but handsome wooden sculpture of a famous scholar of the Heian Period - see Footnote. The piece measures 3.3" (8.4cm) high by 2" (5.2cm) and is 3.5" (8.9cm) wide - it weighs 1.2 ounces (34 grams). While the entire piece is covered with years of incense smoke, the man still can be seen to have a very beautiful and calm face. It is in excellent condition - just a few flakes missing from back of the tall piece on his headdress...
Here we have a fine statue of the great monk Kukai - also known as Kōbō-Daishi - seated in a golden throne. As is almost always the case, he is shown seated with his legs under him and his pair of shoes resting on a lower rung. The piece measures 4.3" wide by 2.6" deep and is 4.3" high. It is contained in a small box with the front piece missing. It is in generally very good condition for such an old and fragile piece of metalwork...
A small but very charming, roughly-carved wooden image depicting Sen no Rikyu (1522–1591), the founder of Japanese tea ceremony carved in hardwood. The tea master is seated cross-legged with his hands hidden within the robe. Signed on the bottom by the artist. Edo period, probably mid-18th century. H 11 cm. Condition: Excellent. A great collector's item for Japanese Tea Culture lovers!
This is a remarkable boxwood okimono of a carpenter at work. The scene depicts the carpenter giving his tansu finishing touches with an ivory carving knife. The ivory used in this arkwork is minimal, considerably less than 20 percent.)This okimono is carved and incised meticulously with attention to every detail - all sides of the cabinet - its doors, drawers and hardware realistically carved. Signed SHUNKO on the base. Height: 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.
Japanese burlwood vase for ikebana, or floral arrangements. Has a dark finish, lots of interesting shapes and patterns, and a large hollow area. 20th century.
Size: 16.5" height, 8.5" width
A very finely carved OKINOMO Pot-Belly Pig, high-grade exotic wood, Meiji Period (1886-1912). This Okinomo is of course ideal for those born in the year of the Pig. The Pig symbolizes "Good Fortune & Prosperity". Excellent condition, size: L. 5.5 cm. (2 1/4")
A heartwarming okimono carved of stained boxwood. Rendered in energetic strokes, the sculpture depicts a karako (Chinese boy) assisting a sage as he struggles for balance with the aid of his walking staff. The wise man wraps his arms around the attentive young boy, the imagery highlighting the honored Asian tradition of filial piety. Incised signature of Hatitsu on the base. This boxwood okimono is in very good condition.
Meiji Period, Japan
A rare Imari porcelain sculpture of a standing aristocrat. A man of noble mien, the figure is garbed in an intricately patterned kimono and overcoat with polychrome colors and gilt details. He holds in his hands an open fan and woven hat. This unusual and charming Imari piece is enameled in a range of crisp and jewel-toned enamel colors, striking on the white porcelain...
Cute and whimsical Japanese wooden carving of a pekinese dog, laying down with a playful expression and its small, red tongue sticking out. It wears a green ruffle collar, tied in back with a red bow. The craftsmanship is wonderful and extremely ornate and detailed. It is carved completely even underneath its body. Taisho period (1912-1925)
Size: 5.5" height, 12.75" length
A remarkable stained boxwood okimono of a macaque family. The female holds a persimmon, still on its branch, away from her youngsters’ reach. This sculpture, by a noted Edo Period carver, uses multiple carving techniques and realistic doubly-inlaid eyes. Hokyudo Itsumin (1830-67) signature on base. Itsumin was a recognized mid-19th Century carver of both wood and ivory. He mainly produced figures and animals.
Mid-19th Century, Japan
A delightful silver and gilt okimono of Daikoku in traditional garb, mallet in hand. Smiling happily with one hand upon his knee, he sits upon a silver-lined, hinged box sculpt as a large gilt, rice bale...
An expressive study of a young kylin with a wooly fleece, its body boldly carved, his new horn barely visible. (The kylin is a fantastic beast, highly regarded in East Asian cultures with auspicious connotations.) This charming okimono is in excellent condition.
Height: 8.75”, length: 7”
18th Century, Edo Period, Japan
A pair of Geese made from gourds capped with ivory beaks and filled with tiny lead balls so that they may be balanced into any position on their root-wood base. One of the most elaborate Scholar art gourd designs I have seen. Each goose is roughly 8.5 cm and 10 cm respectively (3-1/2 and 4 inches), the base 17 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and all in excellent condition, dating likely from the Meiji or opening years of the 20th century.
A marvellous couple of antique Japanese Meiji period (1868 1912) skilful hand carved into a valuable Japanese hardwood depicting a composition of carps into water waves and flowers. Carps eyes are glass painted on reverse. Signed on the base a shown through photos. Exceptional antique art work to treasure and display. Probably candle stick holders. Very good condition expect a very few natural cracks given by the wood aging which is a natural action of the time age. Relevant size measuring 31 cm...
A pair of pure silver sculpted okimono of a cockerel and his mate, the hen, naturalistically rendered with gold accents. Emphasis is made on the dramatic tail feathers of the cockerel, as he courts the female. Texturing, cold-chiseled and incised details add to the lively display. Signature plaque of Toshiyuki can be found on the cockerel’s nether side. The pair is in excellent condition with no damage.
Height: 10.75” (cockerel), 6” (hen)
Meiji Period, Japan