19th century Kyoto ware Japanese ceramic octagonal kashiki dish with enameled on the inside with a phoenix in flight above blooming flowers. Used for holding sweets served with tea. Very pleasant potting, sand-colored stoneware with beautifully crackled glaze. Decorated in Ninsei style with green, light green, red, black and blue enamels. Some wear to enamel, closed line (see Enlargement 2, at about 4 o’clock). Marked in ink on the recessed bottom - I could distinguish RAKU character, but could ...click for details
19th century/Meiji period Japanese pottery kogo (box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of a nesting chicken. Wonderful potting with great facial expression and well delineated feathers, dark yellow enamel, buff colored pottery body. Bottom shows the seal of the potter and impressions of the knife used to cut off the potted piece. Great piece in Japanese taste. Length 2 1/4 inches. Part of a small East Coast kogo collection.
19th century/ late Meiji period Japanese pottery kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of cloth ball with strap handle. Characteristic Oribe rich green and aquamarine glazes pooling in some areas and producing deeper shades of color. Oribe ware (named after Furuta Oribe - a famous 16th century tea master) was produced in Mino and Seto kilns, and is particularly Japanese in taste and was not made for export. Actual rough cloth was used during potting with the result of its ...click for details
19th century round Japanese kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) made in cloisonné technique. Very simple elegant shape with decoration of variously shaped reserves on the background of scrolling vines. Very pleasant finish with original pitting, gilding to the rim, no chips, star cracks, loss of enamel or restoration. Early piece in terms of Japanese cloisonné, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style. Diameter 2 3/8 inches.
Dated 1919 Japanese hanging scroll painted with ink on paper. The scroll depicts a tethered buffalo. Did not photograph well. Wonderful quality realistic painting - see the beautiful washes defining the body ot the beast. Excellent composition in Japanese taste, in great condition (couple of tiny holes and 4 oily spots at the top of the mounts), wood scroll ends. Lengthy inscription in ink followed by signature JUGAKU, dated 1919, and marked with 3 red paste seals. Scroll size 72 by 18 inches, p ...click for details
Dated 1914 Japanese hanging scroll depicting Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic robe and wearing a wide rain hat with stupa finial. Two lengthy inscriptions in the upper part of the painting. Ink on silk, fantastic sour face, great composition and sense of volume. Last line on the left dates the painting to August of 1914: the date if followed by inscription “A Few Lines Composed by a Business Gentleman”. First 2 characters in the seal below this inscription can be read as a ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Kutani Japanese porcelain vase of modified meiping shape with enamel decoration of a long-tailed bird on a branch of a peach tree. Characteristic Kutani colors - see the ochre of the bird and green of the leaves - and extremely unusual background of very deep blue (looks almost black) enamel. Thickly potted, body feels closer to soft paste porcelain. Superb quality painting, very strong design, beautiful finely crackled glaze. Very pleasant patina, some scratches to t ...click for details
19th Japanese porcelain flower form bowl with delicate Kakiemon palette enamel decoration on the inside of flowering chrysanthemums with leaves and branches. Great potting, beautiful dark spots in the paste consistent with age. Wonderful quality painting with red, blue, green, brown and black enamels, overall in excellent condition, definitely from Kakiemon workshop. Length 4 5/16 inches, height 1 5/8 inches.
Early 19th century Japanese porcelain Imari plate with scalloped edge enameled with variously shaped reserves containing different brocade patterns and 2 scenes - one of a crane on a pine tree, and the other of a kneeling woman on a mat . most probably the woman represented is famous japanese poetess ono no komachi (who was a court beauty with a notoriously cold heart). scrolling vine design on the outside of the foot is painted in underglaze blue. great early painting with charming carelessness ...click for details
Rather unusual late Meiji (1900s) Japanese Arita porcelain sometsuke style bud vase to be used during tea ceremony to hold a single stem of a flower or grass. Very nice potting, painted in underglaze blue in Shonsui style: initial Shonsui ware is Chinese blue and white porcelain imported to Japan starting in the reign of Tianqi Emperor (1621-1627). Typical decoration was geared towards Japanese taste and consisted of a variety of designs enclosed in roundels. Starting from the 18th century Arita ...click for details