19th century/Meiji period Japanese porcelain sake cup with silver lining on the inside and decoration of flowering lotus flowers among scrolling vines above stylized clouds. The cup is decorated in fa-hua technique developed by Chinese at the end of the 15th century, with lines of raised slip keeping colored glazes from running together, very much like cloisonne technique. Color scheme also follows closely the fa-hua palette with yellow, blue, aubergine and turquoise enamels. Stamped on the bott ...click for details
19th century/Meiji period Japanese porcelain Kutani sake cup painted on the outside with two panels with landscape scene and a gathering of scholars. Areas between the panels are filled with different reserves painted with brocade patterns. Superb quality painting (see the detailing of the landscape panel) done in red, green, light blue, black and golden enamels. Delicate potting, overall in excellent condition. Red enamel mark in Japanese characters KUTANI and place name on the bottom. Diameter ...click for details
19th century Edo period (before 1867) Japanese porcelain Hirado plate with scalloped edge and underglaze blue decoration of a dragon in pursuit of Tama (sacred pearl). Excellent potting, milky white body and clear glaze. Great early painting with charming freedom, wonderful dynamic design - see the flames issuing from the body of the dragon. Some surface wear as to be expected, overall in great condition. Diameter 7 1/4 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) Japanese porcelain Hirado yusamashi with underglaze blue decoration of scholars playing the game of GO on a low table, accompanied by attendant boys. Yusamashi resembles European creamer in shape, and is used to add cold water to tea in order to bring it to comfortable drinking temperature. Superb delicate potting, marked with 6 Japanese characters on the bottom. Wonderful quality freehand painting. The creamer is in perfect condition. Length with handle 4 7/16 ...click for details
19th century small Hirado porcelain sculpture of a Japanese man wearing official kimono and a court hat. Like any white object does not photograph well. Excellent crisp modeling with incised details, wonderful thickish glaze with slight blue tinge and tiny bubbles in it. Unglazed bottom, in excellent condition, very pleasant to the touch. Height 2 3/8 inches. See the companion piece in my catalog.
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.