Okimono of a Racoon Dog (Tanuki)
Signed Takakuni (Or Michikuni)
Size: Length 8 Width 9 Height 19.5 cm
An interesting tsuge wood carving of a tanuki. The artist may have been a netsuke carver as well and the style almost reminds of the humor seen through netsuke. The tanuki is holding a wooden basket with octopus inside and on the other hand a bottle of sake with the mark, maruhachi a signature mark to represent a tanuki...
Copper Reticulated Lobster
Myochin Hiroyoshi (active 1850-1880)
Size: Length 17.5 Width 8.5 Height 4.5 cm
The Myochin family begins in the 13th to 14th century and produced armor for many of the warriors. Over the span of 900 years, the Myochin family's armor were highly prized and notable daimyos would yearn for one. However as the year 1868 came around, along with sword fitters, swords smiths, and other artists who served the ruling feudal class, the need for such materials halted...
Japanese cast bronze ornament or flower basin is in the shape of a lotus leaf.
Measurements about : 13" (33 cm) x 9 7/8" (25 cm) x H 4 3/8" (11 cm)
Weight about : 1.8 kilograms
It is in good condition with minor patina on the surface as seen in the photos.
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
A fine Japanese Meiji wood, ivory and lacquer carving of graceful Geisha dancing with fan. Well carved with ivory hands, head, feet and fan. Body of finely carved wood lacquered with gold maki-e butterflies and maple leaves. Excellent condition! No repairs or damages. 7" tall x 2.5" wide. Dates circa 1910. Satisfaction guaranteed providing item returned in sent condition, shortly after it was received and the way it was packed. Postage/insurance extra...
A very nice wooden carving of a young woman or girl looking in her mirror. Beautiful detail - a lovely face and fine detailing to her kimono and sash. The mirror she holds is removable - amazing that it is still with the piece and not lost. Measures 4 ½" high x 3 ¾' wide x 3 ¾" deep. Excellent condition except for the crack in the front of the piece just below the sash. The crack was there when I obtained the piece fifteen years ago and has never gotten any wider...
An oval, black-lacquered wooden plaque decorated with carved boxwood masks of the 16 Rakans (attendants to Buddha), gold-lacquered descriptions on the sides. Each face is carved with great detail and expression as seen in typical depictions of these religious ascetics. Though each face is rendered with a different expression, all share similar characteristics: the shaven heads, aged faces with long eyebrows, large ears and individually carved facial features...
A charming carved- wood okimono in the form of a barrel filled with koi. Bent over its lid, a karako (Chinese boy) is intent upon extracting a carp from the interior, the latter inlaid with mother-of-pearl. This unusual carving boasts extensive and intricate detailing on the karako’s robes and on the drum slung upon his back. The cover opens to reveal a compartment for storage. This imaginative box in the style of an okimono is in excellent condition.
Meiji Period, Japan
Featuring a small Japanese ivory carving of young girl in kimono holding a basket of flowers. Dating to the early 20th century and signed on underside of platform on which she is standing. Nice engraved detailing in kimono stained brown. Very attractive facial and hair features. She is in excellent condition but appears to have been holding something in her left hand which one can safely assume was a parasol.No damages, chips, cracks, repairs. Postage and insurance extra...
Exceptional clay kabuki actor samurai dolls from Fushimi in south Kyoto late Meiji Period C.1910. Butterfly motif on kimonos, classic kabuki faces and in excellent condition. When visitors came to Kyoto they would go to Fushimi Inari shrine and buy souvenirs to take home. These figures were very popular. H:9" x w:7" each. Ask for shipping quote.
Two of the lucky gods Daikoku and Ebisu carved in soft hinoki (cryptomeria) wood with some touches of color. Daikoku standing on two rice bales with his hammer and bag, Ebisu sitting with a carp under his arm and formerly with a fishing rod in his hand. They symbolize the deity of agriculture and rice (Daikoku) and the god of the ocean and of the fishermen (Ebisu). Also, they are considered to be father (Daikoku) and son (Ebisu). We find then often in kitchens in the function of kitchen gods...
A seated figure of otafuku. She enjoys the secret moment beneath. It is rare to see an otafuku erotic art figure of this scale. It is made with great expression and charm. Her kimono is finely decorated with local flora. A highly recommended piece for erotic art collector. Circa late Edo –early Meiji period, 19th Century. It is in fine condition.
H 8 7/8” x W 9 3/4” x D 8 3/8” (H 22.5cm x W 24.5cm x D 21.0cm)
A unique, very charming and kawai, natural root sculpture / okimono, in the form of a crouching hare. Only the dark, hardwood eyes have been added. Unsigned. Wood very dense and heavy. Japan, late Meiji period. H 13 cm, L 22 cm. Condition: Excellent. ( stand not included )
Superb Taisho Period C. 1915 Japanese tea ceremony bronze flower vase. Placed in the tokonoma of a Japanese Tea House with a single flower it evokes the essence of wab sabi and the soul of the tea ceremony. Lovely art deco bulbous shape with wave diaper on the base. The lip is contoured simply but elagantly. Excellent condition. 11" high and 6" in diameter. Ask for shipping quote.
Completely Wabi Sabi tiny celadon (seiji) incense brazier on a keyaki (zelkova ) wood base. The celadon incense burner has metal top and comes in a signed paulownia (kiri) wood box. For the tea ceremony, this Taisho Period c. 1920 piece is splendid. We can`t read the kanji as it is worn away. Celadon incense burner is roughly 3 cm by 3 cm. The keyaki stand is hexagonal and is 12 cm in diameter. Shipping included.
A precious pair of boxes in dog form were made during Edo period. They are decorated with auspicious traditional motifs in vivid color against gold background. One dog is painted with crane and pine tree design, and the other is with crane and turtle, both of them are symbol of good luck...
DESCRIPTION: A well carved Japanese ivory okimono of a seated, three-clawed oni with arms outstretched and lacquered gold bracelets on each wrist and ankle. His eyes are double inlaid with abalone shell and when turned over we see his lacquered, tiger-striped loin cloth. Very appealing and dating from the Meji Period, 19th C. DIMENSIONS: 2" high (5 cm) x 2 1/4" wide (5.8 cm).