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: length 10.3" Width 6" Height 8"
Knotted root wood or a burl retaining its natural formation. This genre of Japanese decorative arts is rather unknown and has been left in the limelight. Retaining the natural formation of the wood while polishing it and bringing forth a new "use" could be considered Japanese, with new and innovative designs being created constantly.
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: Length 125cm Width 30.5cm Thickness:3.9cm
A finely and realistic looking carved cedar wood transom. The plum tree, with its aged appearance looks as if it was about to jump out from the ranma. The liveliness of the tree along with the surround flora shows the skill and craft of artisans from Meiji period onwards.
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.
Size: Basin (approx) diameter 56 cm height 13cm Water container: Diameter 45cm Height 24cm
A set containing a water basin and container was once used for a dowry of a daughter. The set is decorated with motifs of cherry blossoms done in makie over a nashiji base. The interior is done in nashiji.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Size: Diameter 11cm Height 29.3cm
An interesting vase shaped in the form of the traditional Chinese Song period style vases. The vase is decorated with camellia or tea flower like flowers with a Myrna like bird. Various geometric patterns decorate the vase along with the key color hues seen in this style of Kutani ware.
Signed Keisei or Touou
Size: Length 193.3cm Width 65.3cm
The Chinese landscape during the Edo period depended on which school of painting you were trained. The Kano school continued the tradition inherited from sensibilities of Sung China repackaged during the Muromachi and Momoyama and heavily preferred by the ruling warriors who decorated this style inside their homes and palaces...
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 6.1cm
A conical shaped ceramic bowl glazed with a grey-brown color, often seen in Karatsu wares. The Japanese gave Karatsu a special status due to the cultural developments since the mid 17th century where connoisseurs valued raku then Hagi and Karatsu as the top three wares for tea along with the imported Chinese and Korean wares.
Size: Length 161cm Width 41cm
Rabbits retain both an auspicious and religious symbolism within Japanese culture. In Shinto mythology the rabbit is considered to be the messenger of Okuni no Nushi and also helped him in one of his journeys. (Inaba no Shiro usagi)