Early 19th century Japanese kashira (metal pommel at the end of the hilt of a sword) with multimetal inlays depicting various flowers among golden foliage. Elegant design in Japanese taste, superbly made piece with crisp metalwork and gilding, in excellent condition. Length 1 7/16 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting millet stalks. Pleasant design, bronze with light brown patina, overall in good condition, some rubbing as to be expected on old pieces. Length 1 9/16 inches.
19th century Japanese ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a form of a natural fruit pit skillfully carved with 2 scenes of scholars engaged in discussions, all among swirling clouds. Excellent carving in deep relief with precise undercutting and complete piercing of the body of the pit. Very nice mellow brown patina, overall in excellent condition. Height 1/2 inches.
Early 19th century Japanese porcelain Imari sculpture of a resting neatly curled cat with unusually rich decoration of a vase among scrolling flowers. Superb use of Imari decoration scheme and palette, wonderful dreamy expression on its face. Great early piece, wear to enamels as to be expected, overall in excellent condition. Marked with red enamel on the bottom: the single character is GUN (meaning a group, usually referring to animals), and four other characters literally translate as ďA Coll ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Japanese bronze box for use in the incense game, when the player was blindfolded and given an incense to identify. Three cutouts on the top are made in a shape of paulownia crest used bu the Tokugawa Shogun family. The paulownia crest was Imperial and represented the Emperor, but it could be bestowed on someone whose service to the throne was most important. Shoguns Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi were using it before Tokugawa. Beautifully shaped sides both of the ...click for details
Late 19th century rosewood game counter with 8 ivory tabs carved with monkeys in different attitudes. Excellent quality carving - see hairwork and faces. Comes with original kiriwood box (loss of 2 planks on the bottom of the cover), extensively inscribed on the cover and one side. Counters like this one were used to keep score in the game of whist, and they became a popular export item to the West in the late 19th century. In excellent condition, tabs lift perfectly, no cracks, losses or repair ...click for details
1900-1910s (late Meiji - early Taisho) Japanese temple boxwood seal of square section. Superb quality crisp carving of 16 characters in regular script, red seal paste in the grooves of the seal. Metal stud on the side indicates the position of the top of the imprint. Inscribed in ink on top and one side. Beautiful patina on the surface of wood. Height 2 3/8 inches, base 11/16 inches square.
Bronze ring dating from 8-6th century BC made in Northern Italy by Villanovian culture named from a typical settlement discovered in 1853 at Villanova, near Bologna. Wonderful artifact with rich green patina, in excellent shape for a 2700 year old object. The piece comes from the Koutalakis collection. Can actually be worn as ring - the inner diameter is 15.5 mm, which corresponds to ring size 4.
19th century Tibetan wooden doll with moveable hands. Great primitive piece with weathered surface, very pleasant patina consistent with age, original roughly stitched dress. Wonderful sculpture with very pleasant feel of age, in very good condition. Height 9 inches.