19th century/Meiji period Japanese pottery kogo (box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of a nesting chicken. Wonderful potting with great facial expression and well delineated feathers, dark yellow enamel, buff colored pottery body. Bottom shows the seal of the potter and impressions of the knife used to cut off the potted piece. Great piece in Japanese taste. Length 2 1/4 inches. Part of a small East Coast kogo collection.
19th century/ late Meiji period Japanese pottery kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of cloth ball with strap handle. Characteristic Oribe rich green and aquamarine glazes pooling in some areas and producing deeper shades of color. Oribe ware (named after Furuta Oribe - a famous 16th century tea master) was produced in Mino and Seto kilns, and is particularly Japanese in taste and was not made for export. Actual rough cloth was used during potting with the result of its ...click for details
19th century round Japanese kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) made in cloisonné technique. Very simple elegant shape with decoration of variously shaped reserves on the background of scrolling vines. Very pleasant finish with original pitting, gilding to the rim, no chips, star cracks, loss of enamel or restoration. Early piece in terms of Japanese cloisonné, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style. Diameter 2 3/8 inches.
Unusual Japanese bamboo chashaku (tea scoop used for powdered tea during tea ceremony). This wide chashaku is used for transfer of powdered tea from the natsume to the tea bowl, and I believe this form of chashaku is called Su-Goshi. Comes in paulownia box and with wrapping cloth, must be about 50 years old. Excellent elegant object in perfect condition, beautiful patina from use. Chashaku width 11/16 inches, length 7 1/2 inches, box length 8 5/8 inches.
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
Dated 1919 Japanese hanging scroll painted with ink on paper. The scroll depicts a tethered buffalo. Did not photograph well. Wonderful quality realistic painting - see the beautiful washes defining the body ot the beast. Excellent composition in Japanese taste, in great condition (couple of tiny holes and 4 oily spots at the top of the mounts), wood scroll ends. Lengthy inscription in ink followed by signature JUGAKU, dated 1919, and marked with 3 red paste seals. Scroll size 72 by 18 inches, p ...click for details
Dated 1914 Japanese hanging scroll depicting Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic robe and wearing a wide rain hat with stupa finial. Two lengthy inscriptions in the upper part of the painting. Ink on silk, fantastic sour face, great composition and sense of volume. Last line on the left dates the painting to August of 1914: the date if followed by inscription “A Few Lines Composed by a Business Gentleman”. First 2 characters in the seal below this inscription can be read as a ...click for details