cover is gourd too art deco style base is oval not round
Finely detailed white soapstone carving of a Chinese rooster amongst flowers. The base is grey. The white soapstone is a translucent white, not yellow or dingy, and the chicken has some fine detailing on its feathers and face.
CONDITION: Excellent condition, we have not detected any chips, cracks or repairs.
MEASURES: 6.75" high x 4.75" widest x 2.5" deep
Tibetan or Mongolian painting on cloth depicting an arhat holding a stupa, maybe showing Abheda. Condition: some wear and little paint loss and signs of former mountings. Please look at pictures carefully, they are part of the condition report. Dimension: 19.2 cm x 14.7 cm.
Chinese Chickenblood Stone Seal
Fujiwara Gyokuun (active 1950s)
Size: Length 1.5" Width 0.5" Height 1.75"
Chickenblood stone has been cherished by literati connoisseurs throughout East Asia. During the later part of the 19th onwards the 20th century Japanese scholars and intellectuals were educated in Chinese classics and with the flood of Chinese artworks coming into Japan many Japanese took on hobbies the Chinese scholars preferred...
Chinese Polychrome Tea Pot of Baiya and Guqin
Artist: Gengfan huafang
Contemporary (post 1980s)
Size: Length 7" Width 4" Height 4.5"
Baiya or Boya is famous in the history of Guqin where a legend exist where Boya cuts the string of the guqin after playing a song in lament of the death of his friend. He was famous in composing the song, gaoshan liushui.
Tea and Guqin have been inseparable where the two represented the soul of literati culture in the Chinese tradition...
Nice ivory netsuke depicting a turtle relaxing on a lily pad. The bottom shows the veins of the pad and the stem leaning to the side. Not a national treasure but still a nice little carving.
A double gourd shaped bronze dating from the early 20th century by Ichinose Soshin wrapped in a yellow cloth bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box reads Jundo Karamono-Utsushi Hana-Ire (Pure Bronze Chinese Style Vase) and is signed in the lower left corner Ichinose Soshin followed by the stamp Soshin. The vase is 24.5 cm (10 inches) tall, 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
The First Soshin (Chotaro) began a metalworking studio in 1876...
Small Opal Carving of Budai
Size: Length 1.3" Width 0.8" Height 1.45"
From the collection of a San Francisco Estate
Budai is widely known in East Asia as the deity for happiness and prosperity. However, not many are aware of the origins or the actual understanding of Budai in the context of East Asian culture...
A large cast iron tetsubin or water kettle. The design is of thin bamboo poles or reeds that are strung together as one would see in screens or blinds. The tea kettle was filled with water for 24 hours - it did not leak. There is the expected rust on the interior and underside of lid. Signed "Nambu". This Showa period tetsubin is in overall good condition...
A mottled bronze vase decorated with overlapping carp with gold inlayed eyes by Izumi Seijo II It comes with an exquisite Karaki Chinese Rosewood Stand, the vase and stand each in a separate cloth storage bag. The box is signed and thrice stamped, the vase signed and stamped on the side and there is an inscription on the base in ancient seal script...
An abbreviated form of the character Kotobuki is scrawled in red on the side of this deep Wan-gata Chawan by Tenryuji priest Seki Bokuo enclosed in the original wooden box stamped on bottom Tenryugama and signed within by Bokuo. It is 13 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Seki Bokuo (1903-1991), former head priest of Tenryuji Temp Seki Bokuo born in Gunma prefecture, and studied at the Keio university medical course, before taking up formal Zen training...
This is a very fine large Japanese Satsuma bowl made after after the Meiji Period. The bowl is profusely decorated with flowering plants and butterflies. This beautiful bowl really stands with all the gold and bright enamel colors. I was told that it is signed by "Kinsei". The bowl measures 8 5/8 inches across and 3 inches tall. There is some very slight discoloration but over all the condition is outstanding. The gold work is near perfect.
Brand new Japanese titanium eyeglasses with 10 times magnifying lenses. Seem to be more convenient than jeweler’s loupe for viewing small objects such as netsuke, jewelry items and such. Pure titanium frame, Takeo Kikuchi brand, made in Japan, light weight optical quality scratch resistant plastic lenses. Come with case and microfiber cleaning cloth.
Brand new Japanese box for storing netsuke with 8 compartments. Quite a few boxes are available - please inquire. Meant as an optical display box, works perfectly for storing and display of netsuke. The cover can be smartly moved back and under the bottom for display. White satin cloth on the inside. Black cloth covering all the outside surfaces of the box, magnetic lock on the front flap of the cover...
Book “THE BAUR COLLECTION: NETSUKE” by Marie-Therese Coullery and Martin Newstead. Dust jacket is in excellent condition - dull whitish surface that can be seen on Enlargement 1 is a plastic wrapper on top of it. This book is number 1013 out of limited numbered edition of 1500. One of the world's most important collections of netsuke is richly illustrated in this definitive volume. Arranged by subject with general subject description followed by exact description and photo of each netsuke...