Size: Height 5cm
This interesting smiling beast is standing on a base. This netsuke or small carving is rather interesting in many ways. The comical features of the beast is eye catching but the group that it is part of is another element of the interest.
For further information, please refer to Raymond Bushell. Netsuke: Familiar and Unfamiliar. Pg.99 Pl.54
Size: Length 17.8 cm Width 11.45cm Height 11.45cm
Tea boxes were designed for tea connoisseurs to design and arrange their favorite objects and utensils to the season, literary allusions, and other themes. This tea box is decorated with rabbits done in mother of pearl with pewter for the gray rabbits, which is a technique often used in the Rinpa school starting with Hon'ami Koetsu in the 16th century...
Size: Length 26cm Width 24 cm Height 4.5cm
This interesting lacquer writing box is decorated where the gate continues from the exterior of the lid through the exterior of the body of the box. The gate is done in pewter enhancing the visual effect with the lacquer and gold decoration. The interior is done with mother of pearl and pewter of a field of flowers. The set comes with an ink stone, water well, and a knife to cut paper.
Early Qing Period
Size: Diameter 8.26cm Thickness 0.8cm
Ex-collection of a Pebble Beach, CA estate.
This Jade often referred to as moss in the snow Jade is a small bangle for a young daughter or a person with smaller hands. The smooth form and flat like touch are similar elements seen with works done from the Qing period. The Jade has several inclusions on the interior.
Size: Diameter 30 cm Height 17cm
The style and design of the censer is evocative of Ming celadons where large dishes and censers were often produced. However, the engraved designs and the style rather comes from a latter period.
Qing Period or Later
Size: To Come
The small carving of a Budai is thought to be using a material known as peach seed. Various interpretations are given to the material but the fine carving done on the bead is unrivaled. The bead is set with white Jade beads.
Umezawa Ryushin (1874-1953)
Size: Length 11" Width 12.25" Height 1.7"
Umezawa Ryushin is the son of the noted lacquer artist, Shibata Zeshin. Ryushin's lacquer ware works have been popular recently and renewed interests have appeared since he inherits the techniques of his father.
The rustic cedar box is used to store papers and letters...
Late Edo Period c. 1830
Size: Length 23cm Width 18cm Height 3cm
This interesting small footed tray is decorated with a rich floral design. The tray may have been used for incense or other decorative purposes. The foot has some age with wear and use. Overall the tray has been kept in great condition with no damages, cracks, or peeling of the lacquer.
Size: Diameter 13.4cm Height 24.15cm
The Jomon period more or less represents not just the history of ceramic production in Japan, but also the archaeological developements that was sweeping through Meiji Japan.
This interesting vase has a odd irregular shape. The skill in producing this vase from its beginning to the firing evokes one of current potters in the Bizen region.
Qing Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 16cm
Celadon has been around in China for nearly two millenia...
Late 19th century
Size: Length 35cm Width 25 cm Height 8cm (Approx)
This ink stone box is extremely interesting and rare. The motif is raised to bring forth an effect as if an inro was placed inside the lacquer surface. The top contains an inro with an elephant set on the surface of the inro. The backside contains a book with an okame or a lady who brings forth fortune. The interior is done in nashiji lacquer in a cloud like format...
Republic Period or Earlier
Size: Diameter 12cm Height 7.3 cm
Tianmu bowls are often associated with Japan due to their heightened interests and tea culture that sparked a wave of these bowls to be exported to Japan.
It is thought that during the Song dynasty, the Chinese used these bowls similarly as the Japanese by consuming a blend of powdered tea with other fragrant materials. Later these bowls are enjoyed for their glaze and colors.
Late Edo Period
Diameter 17 cm Height 6 cm (approx).
This interesting lacquer box decorated with crest-like designs is done on a background of pear-skin gold lacquer. The interior is decorated with slight pear-skin lacquer with nandinia plants on the lid. It is not known what the box was used, one assumption was it may have contained a circular mirror.
Late Edo- Meiji Period
General Size: Length 450 cm Height 166 cm
This pair of folding screens contain small shikishi-like panels depicting the 36 sagely poets along with the selected poems each individual poet composed. Poetry has been, in some ways, central to the heart of Japanese culture. Though poetry individuals expressed their awe of the seasons, landscapes, and their romances...
Length (approx) 25 cm Width 5.5 cm Height 6cm
This writing box, unlike most writing box is made in a compact form. The box was thought to have been made for a princess or a lady who may have used this to create poetry or other forms of literature. The box is double stacked where the top tier a roll of paper can be placed and inside a brush is found. The bottom tier is for the inkstick and ink stone...
Republic Period or later
Size: Length 4.2cm Width 2.2cm
This dragon pendant motif is thought to have originated from a traditional accessory used in the Qing court. Jade and other semi precious stones are used on the hats, robes, and accessories to represent which rank the scholar official or military general each belongs to. This may have been one in its past reused in the form of a pendant...
Ming Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 18.5cm Height 6 cm
Incised motifs in ceramics are often produced with the height of the production of Dingyao wares during the Sung dynasty. The simple yet decorative motifs became popular and the technique continued onwards into the Yuan, Ming and Qing Periods. This bowl has flowers embossed in the interior and glazed with an olive green celadon color.
Size: Height 185.5cm Width 44cm
Sumi ink paintings of monkeys somewhat appear in the late 15th to the 16th centuries with the popularity of Song style monochrome works of art. Sesson is one artist who did a famous work of monkeys trying to capture a crab. The swift brush strokes and lines provide the energy of the monkeys. Similarly with this work, we have a group of monkeys dangling from each other and appears to be grasping at something...