19th century Japanese single-section lacquered wood merchant tansu with black iron hardware and locks with floriate buttons, bronze hirute handles, and featuring fourteen drawers of assorted sizes. Each side has one iron side lift carrying handle. 30 3/4"H x 36"W x 16"D. Very good overall condition with the original lacquer finish and intact hardware. There is a separation in the wood along each side, the drawers do not close completely flush with the case, and there is a faint se ...click for details
Antique Japanese two-section four drawer pawlonia (kiri) wood tansu with recessed side carrying handles and bronze hardware. 40 1/2"H x 36 3/4"W x 16 1/4"D. Taisho Period (circa 1920). Designed for the storage of clothing, this is a highly functional piece of solid wood furniture in very good overall condition and with a nice aged patina.
Chinese Yuan to Ming dynasty high-shouldered short-necked porcelain vase tapering to a slightly splayed unglazed smooth flat base covered in a gray glaze with horizontal striations. A luting line is evident in the glazed interior. Circa 14th/15th century. Measures nearly 4 ¼” high x 3 ¾” diameter; mouth 2 ¼” diameter. Very good overall condition. There are black flecks in the glaze at the mouth and a few old browned hairline cracks on the body which appear to be from production. There is a ...click for details
Chinese Yuan to Ming dynasty black-glazed high-shouldered tapered stoneware storage jar with horizontal striations. The entire jar, including the interior, is glazed, leaving only the underside of the foot and a few chips at the base (which could be production flaws) free of glaze. The wide, flat, smooth foot rim reveals a buff colored body. Circa 14th to 15th century. Measures 5 3/4” high x 4 ½” diameter. Solidly potted and in very good overall condition. From the private collection of a ...click for details
Matching pair of very heavy and solidly constructed Chinese late 19th century elm wood armchairs. 38 3/4"H (to top of seat back) x 25"W x 18 3/4"D. Very good and sturdy overall condition with some minor shrinkage evident at the seat. It appears that the chairs might originally have had a dark stain which has been stripped. One seat has an old circular stain (see enlargement 6). From the private collection of American expatriates who lived in Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s. Plea ...click for details
Korean Yi dynasty front opening bandaji (storage chest) decorated with elaborate openwork brass hardware and the original key and fish-form lock. A large handle at the bottom is accented with three plates in the form of bats. The drop-front door opens to reveal a single small shelf in the interior. Late 19th century. Side carrying handles. 31”H x 33 ¼”W x 17”D. Very good overall condition with original finish. There are two fine hairline cracks on the top. The interior shelf is warped b ...click for details
Chinese Song dynasty qingbai (yingqing) porcelain cylindrical model of a granary, or grain silo (cang), with a high foot and pyramidal form roof cover. The pale blue-green crackled translucent glaze extends over a body decorated with vertical cord patterns and a lid covered with modeled cord intended to resemble tiles. The underside of the cover, base, and interior are unglazed and burnt orange. Granaries were funerary objects used to hold grain and other possessions the deceased might requir ...click for details
Chinese Tang (618-907) dynasty amber-brown glazed stoneware wine jar with a pale buff body, high neck, and flat base. Measures 7 3/4” high x about 7” diameter (mouth 3” diameter). Circa 9th century. Good overall condition with degraded glaze from prolonged burial. From the private collection of a former American expatriate to Guangzhou in 1983-1984.
Donated to the Phoenix Art Museum's Asian Arts Council
Authentic Edo period Japanese woodblock print depicting a courtesan or geisha dressed in multi-layered kimono standing in a garden of tall iris flowers by Utagawa Yoshiume (1719-1879), a pupil of Kuniyoshi, dated 1862. Standard oban size print measuring 14 5/8"V x 9 3/8"V. The print is in very good, clean overall condition with fresh color. There are a few tiny scattered worm holes. The print is not laid down and the baren marks are clearly visible on the back. No tape or tape stain ...click for details
Japanese pawlonia (kiri) wood chest featuring a set of sliding doors and six drawers. This tansu was probably used for the storage of personal items. Bronze hardware. Taisho period (circa 1920). 23 3/4”H x 23 3/4”W x 11 3/4"D. Very good overall condition with a nice patina to the wood. The metal back is missing from one sliding door pull.