Unusual Japanese bronze / brass haisaji - spoon for ashes from hibachi used during tea ceremony. Good design, hammered spoon part, braided wire nicely imitating cord. Comes in paulownia box with wrapping cloth, must be about 40 years old. Wonderful object in great condition, beautiful patina from use. Spoon length 8 1/2 inches, box length 9 1/4 inches.
Early 1920s Japanese scroll painted with ink and color on paper. The scroll depicts a temple gate (torii) and pines covered with fresh fluffy snow. Superb quality realistic painting perfectly capturing the mood of the scene. Wonderful composition in Japanese taste, the painting is in great shape, beautiful brocade mounts with cloud design, lacquered wood scroll ends. Signed IMURA HOGAI (born in 1882- died in ?) in ink, and marked with red paste seal (see detail). Scroll size 77 by 11.5 inches, p ...click for details
1930s Japanese scroll painted with colors on paper. The scroll depicts a duck resting on the grass by a stream under a crescent moon. Did not photograph well. Wonderful quality realistic painting - see the differentiated feathers of the bird, and freely painted blades of grass. Excellent composition in Japanese taste, in great condition (some foxing to the paper mounts, not on the painting itself), lacquered wood scroll ends. Signed in ink KANSO, and marked with red paste seal (see detail). Scro ...click for details
1930s Japanese scroll painted with ink and colors on silk. The scroll depicts a Sambaso dancer with characteristic hat and fan, and a Saizo dancer playing tsuzumi (a hand drum), all under a rope with ribbons tied to it. Excellent painting capturing the festive mood, wonderful brushwork. Great composition in Japanese taste, the painting is in excellent shape (old tear on the top of the mounts fixed with archival adhesive tape, not noticeable from the front of the painting), rich silk brocade moun ...click for details
Japanese hanging scroll depicting 3 Chinese scholars having wine and probably a good conversation at the table by the rock, with an attendant taking care of wine heating and pouring. There are fruit, books and some other items on a smaller picnic table. Ink and colors on paper, excellent quality painting in Japanese scholarís style, great brushwork. Signed KOKEISAI in black ink and sealed SEIJI in red paste (see detail). Lengthy inscription in Japanese on the outside of the mounts dates the pa ...click for details
Japanese hanging scroll of a low hills and a fishing village in the background, and shallow sea with a man pushing his boat with a pole. Ink and colors on paper, excellent impressionist rendition of a classic theme, superb free brushwork. Signed and sealed SHOSEN in lower right corner. Paper mounts, wooden scroll ends, overall in great condition. Scroll size 51x22.5 inches, painting size 13x18 inches.
1930s Japanese formal short silk kimono (haori) with designs showing numerous fans with designs of pine, bamboo and various seals. Excellent quality wax resist work with minute details. The decorated side bearing those designs is actually the lining of the kimono, while the outside is brown silk (see Enlargement 4). This arrangement is the remnant of the Edo period, when the laws against luxury did not allow wealthy merchants to wear sumptuous silks, so they were used on the lining of the garmen ...click for details
Pair of unusual 1930s Japanese sterling silver salt and pepper shakers in a shape of Amida Buddha sitting with his hands in jo-in mudra - hand gesture signifying concentration. Excellent quality work, great faces and textile lines. Sliding door on the bottom marked STERLING 950, scratches to the bottom of one piece as can be seen on photos (can be polished off, I guess). Excellent design, very well made, wonderful table objects. Height 1 3/4 inches.
1920s Japanese scroll painted with ink and colors on silk depicting Otafuku (Okame) wearing kimono and holding a tray with tama (Precious Gems) in her hands. Excellent quality painting - see her wonderful chubby face, rich kimono colors and the way her hair is flowing. Silk brocade mounts, lacquered wood scroll ends, some foxing as can be seen on photographs. Signed SUWA UTSUSU (drawn by Suwa) for Suwa Kanenori (1897-1932), followed by red paste seal of the artist. Scroll size 71x22 inches, pain ...click for details
1930s Japanese scroll painted with ink and colors on paper depicting general Nogi seated on a mat by a kettle boiling above a fire and enjoying what appears to be his last meal and cigarette. General Nogi Maresuke (1849-1912) was an army general and war hero. The ritual suicide of Nogi and his wife on the evening of the funeral of the Emperor Meiji in 1912 created a sensation because it supposedly reflected Nogi's ultimate protest against the luxury and profligacy of contemporary Japan, alth ...click for details