Tall Japanese sectional patinated bronze tripod censer, or incense burner, on a pedestal base decorated on the vertically ribbed body with a relief motif of birds perched on blossoming, leafy branches. The lid has a Buddhist lion-dog (shishi) finial and there is an elaborate animal mask form handle on each side. The base holds a square apochryphal Chinese Ming dynasty Xuande reign mark. Late 19th century. 19 ½” high x about 10 ½” diameter. Very good overall condition with an apparent repair ...click for details
Japanese round-form bronze kagami (mirror) decorated in high relief with a finely detailed motif of crane and its young among pines. The perforated knob in the center, which holds a tassel, is in the form of a tortoise. There is an inscription at one side (see enlargement 6). 19th century (Edo period). 4 3/4" diameter with a 3/4" high rim. Excellent condition. For centuries, mirrors were customarily given to temples and shrines as offerings to deities. According to Merrily Baird in &q ...click for details
Pair of 30" high Japanese Meiji period bronze candle stands ("shokudai"), each with a hexagonal shaft supported by a 12" diameter circular base with a chrysanthemum accent at the center. Late 19th century. Very good overall condition with a nice patina. They are slightly wobbly and one of the candle stands is missing the hook designed to hold the tweezers used for pinching the candle wick (see enlargement 4). Acquired from the Arizona estate of a World War II veteran who ...click for details
Massive Japanese bronze tripod censer decorated on each side with a panel featuring peacocks and birds in high relief. Stylized bird handles. Elephant finial mounted to a cover decorated with stylized waves. Late Meiji to Taisho Period (1880-1920). Measures about 14"H x 12" diameter (including handles). Very good overall condition with a nice aged patina. One handle is firmly secured but is a bit loose. There are some repairs to the base and the bottom of the feet.
Japanese bronze hibachi with a copper colored patina densely decorated in relief with two opposing panels featuring Chinese scholars and an old man and child in a pine grove. Lion head relief handles at the sides. Late Meiji Period (circa 1900). 7"H x 7 1/4" diameter. Excellent overall condition with a nice patina.
Japanese round-form bronze kagami (mirror) decorated in relief with a motif of cranes among pines. The perforated knob in the center, which is designed to hold a tassel, is in the form of a tortoise. 19th century or earlier. 4 3/4" diameter. Excellent condition. For centuries, mirrors were customarily given to temples and shrines as offerings to deities. According to Merrily Baird in "Symbols of Japan: Thematic Motifs in Art and Design,” the Chinese style round mirrors remained i ...click for details
Signed Japanese bronze vase decorated in high relief with birds in flight among incised and relief foliage and clouds. The long tail of a prominent Phoenix bird at the front drapes around the side. The top band bears an apochryphal Chinese Ming Dynasty Xuande reign mark on each side. Late Meiji Period (late 19th to early 20th century). 9 1/2"H. The seal on base reads in Japanese "Big Japan Yoshida Made." Heavy piece in very good overall condition. Minor dings and some irreg ...click for details
Antique Japanese cast iron tea ceremony "furo" (brazier) used to hold burning coals to heat water in a kettle which fits into the opening at the top. The three-footed brazier has two moulded animal head ringed iron handles at the sides and a decorative band surrounding the rim. Openings in the body allow the heat to escape and enable management of the coals with tongs. Dates from the late Meiji Period. Measures about 12 1/2" diameter x 8 1/4"H. Very good, solid overall c ...click for details