Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese scholarís ivory and ebony brushrest. Ivory is beautifully carved as a prunus trunk with flowers and buds, fixed in superbly fitted and excellently carved ebony stand. Elegant design and color combination, wonderful patina. Excellent functional object for scholarís desk, one of the most beautiful scholarís objects that I have had. Height 5/8 inches, total length 6 5/8 inches.
19th century Chinese pewter covered box for storing small items on scholarís desk engraved with flowering prunus on the top, and brass trim along ornately shaped rim. Beautifully made, pleasant patina. Stamped on the inside of the cover with makerís seal in Chinese which reads HUANG YOU. Great patina, wonderful object for scholarís table. Height with cover 1 inch, length 4 3/4 inches.
19th century porcelain Hirado netsuke of a monkey dressed as a Sambaso dance actor, wearing a hat and holding a fan and a rattle in its hands. Its head and tongue are movable. Very funny facial expression, good overall modeling, delicate underglaze blue typical for Hirado, loss to the tip of its tongue. Height 2 1/4 inches.
19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round as a doll representing Zen Buddhism Patriarch Daruma with his legs and arms stretched in front of him, forming a cord opening. Excellent clever carving, great face and hairy limbs, wonderful warm patina. Height 3/4 inches.
17th century or earlier Thai bronze head of Buddha mounted on a wooden stand. Excellent casting, beautiful patina with green incrustation on the surface and devotional wear. Wonderful expression of quiet concentration on Buddhaís face, loss to its headdress. Height of the head 1 3/4 inches, height with stand 3 5/8 inches.
15th century small Vietnamese white stoneware jar with underglaze blue painting. The jar comes from an old Japanese collection, and must have been part of a sunken ship cargo, but not that of Hoi An hoard. It is very similar to Hoi An material lifted off Cu Lao Cham, central Vietnam. Beautiful bubbly glaze with fine crackle, central register with excellent free painting of alternating playful birds and clumps of bamboo grass. Pendant leaves around its mouth, Japanese lacquer repair to the mouth. ...click for details
19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke of obihasami type carved with a design of a woven fence. The hooks at the top and bottom of the piece go around the edges of obi - a sash holding a kimono. Excellent clever and subtle piece typical of Asakusa school, warm patina, darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Length 4 inches.
19th century Japanese bronze vase of mimikuchi shape with classic spiral design on the body. Bronze mimikuchi (ďhandle-mouthĒ - vase with 2 large hadles starting from the mouth) derives its shape and decoration from ancient ceramics, and were made in Japan starting from at least 17th century. Beautifully made, very pleasing shape, nice patina. Height 3 7/8 inches.
19th century Japanese bronze / brass page turner with engraved blade and multimetal handle. The front on the handle depicts a man with an open umbrella and a lantern walking under a tree with 2 birds perched on its branches. The back of the handle shows blooming chrysanthemums supported by bamboo poles, and a dragonfly seated on the top of one pole. Brilliant work with wonderful detailing (see the features of the robe, tree bark and birdsí feathers), differently colored patinas. The blade is eng ...click for details
Most unusual 19th century Japanese porcelain shaving mug with handle decorated on the outside with 2 fan shaped cartouches with birds on flowering branches, and various sea creatures on tomato red ground. The creatures include an octopus, various fish (eel, flounder, whitefish, sea bass) and shells. Excellent painting, very good potting, unusual 12-sided body with wider foot. Signed HICHOZAN SHINPO TSUKURU (Made by Hichozan Shinpo) on the bottom. Expected wear to gilding on the rim, overall in v ...click for details