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
Late 19th century small Japanese porcelain Imari plate with scalloped edge decorated on the inside with a flower vase and flower spray sections in cavetto. Great quality multicolor enamel painting with gilding and underglaze blue. Leaves, scrolls and roundels on the outside. Four character underglaze mark on the bottom that can be translated as Wealth Honors and Long Youth. Very attractive piece, some expected wear to gold on the rim, overall in excellent condition. Diameter 3 5/8 inches.
19th century small japanese porcelain imari plate with scalloped edge decorated on the inside with a scene of rokkasen - six famous poets of japan - in discussion under a pine tree by a rock. great quality multicolor enamel painting with gilding, rocks are painted in underglaze blue, diaper pattern border. books, leaves and roundels on the outside, underglaze blue mark on the bottom - looks like abbreviated fuku (happiness) character. some expected wear to gold on the rim. diameter 4 1/2 inches. ...click for details
19th century small Japanese porcelain Imari saucer with scalloped edge decorated on the inside with two scenes of geese in flight and standing by pine saplings, and a flower spray in the center. Unusual image, great quality multicolor enamel painting with gilding and underglaze blue. Leaves, scrolls and roundels on the outside, underglaze blue mark on the bottom. Very attractive piece, some expected wear to gold on the rim, overall in excellent condition. Diameter 3 1/4 inches.
Pair of early 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - each depicting a pair of pigeons in different attitudes. Superb design, excellent casting and detailing, beautiful patina. Length 1 3/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - each depicting a wasp in different attitude on a tube containing their eggs. Shakudo with gilding, fantastic design, superb casting and detailing, beautiful patina. Length 1 7/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting two dancers - a samurai with sword, and a merchant with fan. There is a nice detail for a netsuke lover - merchant is wearing an inro suspended by a gourd netsuke. Elegant design, superb detailing with gilding, in excellent condition. Fantastic example of Japanese metalwork. Height 1 1/8 inches.