Size: Diameter 10cm Height 12cm
A round Japanese cloisonné container decorated with regal motifs of dragons and phoenixes. Often works by the Ando studios and Namikawa Studios created works using the motifs often used by the Imperial Court and places or seats of government. The bottom has a Japanese crest of a twisted wisteria crest, possibly denoting the studio the objet was made at.
Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Size: Length 22" Width 17.5"
From a collection of Japanese prints in San Francisco, CA.
Yoshida Hiroshi's works reminds one of the arts during the end of the Taisho to Showa Periods. Then, Western techniques, aesthetics, and ideas were part of the mainstream in Japanese art and its interpretations reflected on works done on paper and or silk...
Size: Diameter 18.41cm Height 24.13cm
A rather unusual and interesting iron tea pot or tetsubin produced by Japan's noted firm, Ryubundo. The overall design very simple but retains modern patterns unlike the other traditional forms often seen with these tetsubins.The work comes from a Japanese family living in San Francisco.
Signed Utagawa Hiroshige
Size: (Frame) 22"x 17.5" (Center): 13" x 8.5"
From a California Collection of Japanese Prints
Size: Height 20" Width 14" (Frame)
From a California Collection of Modern Japanese Prints
One of the few views depicting Japan during the early part of the Showa Period (c. 1926-1940). One can see the electric poles and other "modern" conveniences amidst a traditional scene with residences and a bridge.
Size: (Frame): Height 20" Width 14"
From a California Collection.
Ando Hiroshige School, c. 19th century
A cat squatting and staring at a black mouse. The style seen in the cat is similar to block prints done by the famous master, Ando Hiroshige. The Hiroshima school continued for two generations using the same name and producing the famous landscape prints until the Meiji Period.
Size: Length 10.9cm Width 7.9cm Height 20.1cm
An interesting Kutani ware statue of the noted fortune and longevity deity, Jurojin. Often during the Meiji and onwards to the Showa periods, the seven fortune gods were produced from different materials to decorate the home. The auspicious symbolism associated with these deities were important to bring fortune within the home.
c. Late Edo to Meiji Period
Size: Diameter 7" Height 5"
An interesting three legged bronze usubata or flower arrangement vessel. The feet are heads of elephants and the body is decorated with flying cranes. The bottom of the vessel contains the name, Togyokusai.
Size: Diameter: 26cm Height 14cm
Imari, the famous Japanese porcelain that was exported to Europe during the 17th and 18th century through the trade that was done by the Dutch East India Company. From Maria Theresa of Austria to the Prussians in Dresden, Japanese porcelain was highly sought after by European nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries...
Size: Length 1.25" Width 8.5" Height 0.75"
The body of the pipe case is done in a wove rattan or bamboo like material and is lacquered. On the larger section of the pipe case a leaf, curved and insect chewed, done in makie decorates the body of the case. The autumn like motifs provide an aesthetic often preferred by the Japanese.
Size:Length 6" Width 3.5" Height 3.1"
From a Japanese collection
An interesting Japanese lacquer paper weight made into the form of the famous lucky mallet. Often the mallet appears in children's stories and the fortune deity, Daikoku. The lacquer is done where the body is using the motif of wood grain and other decorations for the piece. The weight comes with a fitted wooden box.
Size: Diameter 11.43cm Height 6.35cm
A finely crafted Japanese lacquered sweets container. The geometric designs are done in a technique called nuri-e where lacquer is used to decorate the geometric designs found all over the the body the container.
Size: (Writing Box):Length 20cm Width 24.2cm Height 4.5cm (Letter Box): Length 11.43cm Width 25cm Height 8 cm
An interesting set of two lacquer boxes decorated with motifs of chrysanthemums. Unlike the traditional designs often seen in the previous Edo and Meiji periods, this set appears to have designs often seen in kimono designs from the Taisho and Showa periods...
Size: Length (approx) 20" Width 10" Height 18"
A dramatic and individualistic burl rootwood objet. Root wood which are objects found in nature are polished and their natural formations are kept. Often these pieces are shaped into stands, decorative pieces, screens and other objects used in the home.
Size: Diameter 22cm Height 23cm
A simple and elegant tetsbuin or Japanese iron tea pot. Lines continue across the body possibly representative of water or some natural formation. The lid holder is done in a bamboo motif.
Signed Seiya (Possibly a later generation of Genryusai Seiya)
Size: Diameter 3.75" Height 16"
From a San Francisco American Collection.
The finely crafted metalwork on this vase evoking a vase covered with rice grass and chrysanthemums with a bird perched on the side evokes the aesthetics of the Meiji Period. Artists in Japan, competed to receive recognition with the booming expositions and museums of the 19th century and early 20th century...
Size: Height 14.22cm Width 13.2cm
From a Japanese collection
Echizen is one of the six oldest kilns in Japan. Although not as famous as the Seto, Bizen, Shiga, or Iga wares Echizen has been sought after for its simple lines and forms. Most of the Echizen wares appear to be made between the Momoyama and Edo periods, with a few exceptions.
Piece contains chips around the mouth area.