19th century Japanese iron kanemono (tobacco pouch clasp) depicting a scene of a samurai procession performed by six rats in different attitudes. Iron is notoriously difficult to work with. Excellent design, funny topic, superb crisp detailing, gilding to the eyes. Length 2 1/8 inches.
19th century Japanese iron kanemono (tobacco pouch clasp) depicting a sparrow serving sake from a bottle to an old man with a sake cup. The topic represented is Shitakiri Suzume, or the story of a tongue cut sparrow - see H. Joly LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART, p. 496. Iron is notoriously difficult to work with. Excellent design, superb crisp detailing, silver inlays and gilding. Length 1 7/16 inches.
19th century Japanese iron kanemono (tobacco pouch clasp) in a form of a fan made out of a large feather with wrapped handle. Iron is notoriously difficult to work with. Excellent design, superb crisp detailing, gilded highlights. Length 1 7/8 inches.
19th century Japanese ceramic chawan (tea bowl) for tea ceremony with crackled cream glaze and enamel decoration of the Wind God Futen with his characteristic face of a demon and billowing scarves, emptying his bag in the clouds, thus creating wind. Wonderful free painting with color palette of pink, green, white, black and yellow enamels. Raku pottery produced in the Kyoto region. Beautiful potting with spiral line on the bottom of the bowl showing the way potter finished turning the piece. Gre ...click for details
19th century Japanese ceramic chawan (tea bowl) for tea ceremony with mottled orange and white glaze. Aka-Raku (red Raku) pottery produced in the Kyoto region. Excellent design, beautiful potting with body first turned and then formed by fingers, spiral line on the bottom of the bowl showing the way potter finished turning the piece. Great crackled glaze, inscribed by the potter on the body by the foot. Very attractive object, well-used, in great condition. Comes with new box inscribed on the to ...click for details
1930s Japanese bronze tea ceremony hibashi (chopsticks for handling charcoal in hibachi brazier) in original signed box. Finely made of bronze with high copper contents, elegant and practical shape with thinner and thicker areas for convenience of holding, embossed areas at the working end for better handling of charcoals. Superb patina, beautiful wear, pleasantly heavy. Each chopstick is marked HYAKUO MUNEYUKI SAKU (made by Hyakuo Munechika), and I believe the maker to be a member of Myochin fa ...click for details
Taisho period (1920s) Japanese hammered copper chakin tarai - bowl used in tea ceremony for soaking tea cloth & whisk. Beautifully hammered body with petal-shaped rim and silvered inside. Obvious signs of usage on the inside, very nice delicate malachite colored areas on the outside. Signed in the center of the bottom MASAYOSHIDO TSUKURU (Made by Masayoshido) with surrounding inscription which can be translated as “Great Bear Bank Corporation” - the bowl must have been a company gift. Produc ...click for details
19th century Kyoto ware Japanese ceramic octagonal kashiki dish with enameled on the inside with a phoenix in flight above blooming flowers. Used for holding sweets served with tea. Very pleasant potting, sand-colored stoneware with beautifully crackled glaze. Decorated in Ninsei style with green, light green, red, black and blue enamels. Some wear to enamel, closed line (see Enlargement 2, at about 4 o’clock). Marked in ink on the recessed bottom - I could distinguish RAKU character, but could ...click for details
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