Square form travelling scholar's ink box with rounded corners featuring a center circular medallion inscribed with calligraphy and surrounded by a stylized floral wreath. The copper base holds a “baitong” mark and what appears to be a maker’s mark (see enlargement 6). 19th century. Measures just over 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” x 7/8.” Very good overall condition with wear consistent with its age and use. The base is slightly dented. This piece is from the private collection of American expatriates wh ...click for details
Oversized modern limited edition Japanese woodblock print depicting a rural farming scene viewed through a forest by Unno Mitsuhiro (1939-1979). Signed in kana “Mitsuhiro” and dated 1972 in white ink at the lower left corner of the image. Pencil-signed “M. Unno,” titled in kanji, and numbered 16/100 in the lower right margin. Paper size nearly 19”V x 24 ½”H (image: 15 1/8”V x 21 ¼”H). Very good overall condition with a faint mat burn evident (see enlargement 5). There are a few small ink sp ...click for details
Japanese "sosaku hanga" woodblock print titled "Angel with Biwa" by Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1991). Pencil-signed and numbered 92/100 in the lower margin. The bottom margin also bears a black ink title, in Japanese, the date 1962, and a red seal. The artist's signature is in red ink at the lower left corner of the image. A watermark is in the lower left margin corner. The paper measures nearly 17"V x 11 1/4"H (image: 14 1/2"V x 9 3/4"H). Very good o ...click for details
Large Chinese 19th century bombe form stoneware censer with incurving neck and everted rim, high ringed foot, and applied opposing lion-head handles on the shoulders, covered overall with a pale grayish-white Ge style crackle glaze ground. The glaze extends slightly over the rounded rim and to the edge of the foot. The base and interior are unglazed. Measures 9” diameter including lion-head handles (8” diameter of the rim), by 5 ¼” high (7” high on the stand). Very good overall condition. C ...click for details
Large Chinese porcelain jardiniere or fish bowl with wide mouth and flattened rim decorated with gilt crabs and fish swimming among aquatic plants on a powder blue ground. Unglazed foot and base. Qing dynasty (late 19th century). 12 ¼”H x 14 ¼” diameter. Weighs about 18 lbs. Very good overall condition with no chips or cracks. Some soiling to the interior from use and typical wear to the gilt decoration. This piece was purchased from an Arizona collection.
Chinese Qing dynasty (19th century) Daoist priest’s robe densely embroidered in a pattern of complex iconographical symbols set against a pale celadon silk background created entirely from satin-stitch embroidery. The style is the traditional rectangular front-opening form which rests on the shoulders and has the lower part of the sides sewn together to form armholes. The center back is embroidered with a flame-bordered circular cartouche containing a pagoda flanked by flying birds. Fifteen d ...click for details
Chinese late Qing dynasty (late 19th century) woman's rank badge embroidered with a central satin-stitched silver pheasant with very nicely detailed feathers. A single bat hovers below the sun at the upper right. This Mandarin square would have been worn by the wife of a 5th rank civil official. The badge is backed with stiff paper covered with blue silk and is bordered on the front in red silk. This rank badge measures 8 3/8"V x 9 1/8"H. It is in very good overall condition w ...click for details
“Yazama Jujiro Moto-oki Blowing a Whistle” from the series “Stories of the Faithful Samurai” signed at the right "Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga" (1797-1861). The red Yoshi Kiri seal is beneath the signature. The print was published by Ebiya Rinnosuke in 1848. This series features each of the historical forty-seven ronin (masterless samurai) who avenged the death of their lord in 18th century Japan. Vertical oban size measuring about 14 1/2"V x 10"H. Very good color and overall condi ...click for details
Large Chinese famille rose porcelain jardiniere with wide mouth and flattened rim enameled in bright pigments with a figural scene extending around the circumference. Diaper pattern band below rim. Unglazed foot and base. Original drain hole and plug. Late Qing dynasty (19th century) to possibly early Republican period. 13"H x 15 1/4" diameter. Weighs about 15 lbs. Very good overall condition with no chips or cracks. Some soiling to the interior from use.
18th century Chinese bronze Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Bodhisattva figurine seated in a position of royal ease with a contemplative expression. The robe falls in elegant folds and is inlaid in silver wire with a cloud pattern. A "Shisou" two-character mark is inlaid in silver wire on the back. Measures 5" high, 4" long, 3" wide. Very good overall condition with a nice patina. An example of this type of "Shisou" marked bronze Guanyin is illustrated and describ ...click for details