19th century small underglaze blue and white Japanese Arita porcelain sweetmeat dish used during tea ceremony in lozenge shape with decoration of 2 boys among bushes on the inside, and scrolling vines on the outside. Great intentionally careless potting with indented corners, wonderful thick glaze with minute bubbles, beautiful dark spots in the paste consistent with age. Very good quality freehand painting, overall in excellent condition. Length 4 1/8 inches. The piece comes from a small East C ...click for details
Very unusual late Meiji (1900s) Japanese ceramic sake set consisting of 5 cups and tokkuri - a sake bottle. The bottle is of classic shape with silver lining to the mouth and decoration of a phoenix in flight among scrolling clouds above stylized rocks and under abbreviated clouds. Cups have silver lined inside surface, and follow the same decoration scheme. The decoration technique is called fa-hua, and was developed by Chinese at the end of the 15th century, with lines of raised slip keeping c ...click for details
19th century/Meiji period Japanese porcelain sake cup with underglaze blue decoration of four ancient Chinese bronze incense burners/braziers. Kyoto work by Takahashi Dohachi Studio with delicate potting and beautiful bubbly glaze. Underglaze blue Dohachi mark on the bottom. Wonderful quality freehand painting, in perfect condition. Height 1 5/8 inches, diameter 2 3/16 inches.
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 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