Late Edo Period
Size: Diameter 8.5 Height 22 cm
Note: From a prominent Japanese collection based in San Francisco
Bizen wares began as far as the early history of Japanese ceramics. Utilitarian in its origin, Sen no Rikyu took favor of the simple, unglazed, natural look of Bizen and used the wares with tea jars and water containers. This flower container would be perfect for a tea gathering or to decorate the alcove or a minimalist setting.
Size: Diameter 19.5 Height 5.3 cm
Nabeshima wares are influenced from the porcelain production of Imari, Arita, Hazama, and related regions. Nabeshima is the clan name of the region which is present day Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures. During the Edo Period, the Nabeshima wares were thought to have been presented to the Shogunate when the lords of Nabeshima would travel to Edo during the sankinkotai or the required travels by lords to Edo...
Signed Takakuni (Or Michikuni)
Size: Length 8 Width 9 Height 19.5 cm
An interesting tsuge wood carving of a tanuki. The artist may have been a netsuke carver as well and the style almost reminds of the humor seen through netsuke. The tanuki is holding a wooden basket with octopus inside and on the other hand a bottle of sake with the mark, maruhachi a signature mark to represent a tanuki...
Size: Length 21.5 Width 14.5 Height 0.5 cm
An interesting lacquer tray decorated with different insects such as centipedes, beetles, and butterflies. Often Japanese lacquer would be decorated with poetic or literary motifs. The only common image of the insect would be crickets or grasshoppers to represent the feeling of autumn...
Myochin Hiroyoshi (active 1850-1880)
Size: Length 17.5 Width 8.5 Height 4.5 cm
The Myochin family begins in the 13th to 14th century and produced armor for many of the warriors. Over the span of 900 years, the Myochin family's armor were highly prized and notable daimyos would yearn for one. However as the year 1868 came around, along with sword fitters, swords smiths, and other artists who served the ruling feudal class, the need for such materials halted...
Size: Length 6.5" Width 3.25" Height 4" (with stand 5.8")
This comical dog figure is fine crafted especially the detail seen in the fur, the whiskers, and other aspects are exceptional. No seal or signature is found on the piece. A fitted stand comes with the figure.
Size: Diameter 17cm Height 19.5cm
A simply crafted Japanese iron kettle. Unlike the traditional arare or the spiked like design often seen on tetsubin, this work has a fine striped motif on the body as if the work looks like coil work from clay. No seal or mark is found on this work.
Size: Scroll: Length 193cm Width 49cm Painting: Length 102cm Width 32.5cm
The simple portrait of a courtesan, dressed in a kimono with a vine pattern on the bottom area. Vine patterns became popular with lacquer and kimono designs since the 16th century and often artist used the motif contrasting it with bold colors and designs...
Dai Nippon Kozan Seal
Provenance: Pebble Beach, CA Estate
Size: Diameter 7" Height 10.5"
During the Meiji period, Japanese ceramics evolved to meet with the new foreign market centered with the Western powers during the end of the 19th century. Japanese artisans evolved their motifs and designs to meet the increasing demand.
Signed with the name of a possible reading of Ryozen (?)
Size: Length 4" Width 3.5" Height 4.5"
A small mouse eating a piece of rice or wheat (maybe a small nut) is crafted from mixed metals with a silver colored sheen. The realism and detail given to the mouse is amazing. The angle where the tail is and how the tail is formed is similar to that in nature.
Size: Length 21.6" Diameter (largest) 2.3"
Shakuhachi is often using the base or root area of a bamboo stalk and produces a mellow tone that has inspired generations of artists in Japan. By the 20th century, the tone inspired people outside of Japan to practice this art. Originally, the shakuhachi was performed along with traditional Tang court music in China during the 8th century...
Early 20th century
Kaya were often made from natural materials such as linen-like fabrics, hemp, cotton and were used during the summer months to keep mosquitos away from the home. Now, these nets are made from fine polyester to nylon, but before these natural materials were common. Additionally, this kaya is dyed and several patterns can be seen on the fabric
Length 7.3 cm Width 7.3cm Height 4.5 cm
This exquisite and playful mixed metal "puzzle box" contains four drawers on each side, which unusually pull out at an angle. Inside each drawer is a leather-chamois bag to put small objects inside. The work is decorated with many auspicious motifs including phoenixes, paulownia flowers, dragons, and other mythical animals set on a geometric pattern grid, which recalls a lattice of stylized flowers...
Size: Diameter 9.5 cm Height 14.5cm
Meiji period metalwork was influenced by the Japanese art featured in Western museum exhibitions and expositions during the 1870-1880 period. In an attempt to fully utilize the Western palate for Japanese art, the Imperial government created a mission to use the arts and crafts of Japan as a means to bolster the economy of Japan...
Size: Diameter 8cm Height 17.5 cm
The art of Japanese metal inlay and metalwork reached a pinnacle during the Meiji period. Demands by the government and foreign markets stimulated artists to produce the finest works to show that Japan could produce creations that rivaled the studios in Paris, Florence, Rome, Milan, Berlin, etc...
Size: Length 13.2cm Width 8.5cm Height 5.5cm
The Meiji period is marked by the opening of Japan to the West, and the subsequent craze for all things Japanese that took place in America and Europe shortly after the country's "opening". Unlike many of the noted firms around Japan that were producing metal objects, this one contains a mark on the bottom with a registered number and stamp of approval from the government for producing such objects...
Size: Diameter 5.3 cm Height 2.3 cm
This unmarked silver or metallic container is finely crafted with a design of cranes, chrysanthemums, and flowing water on each of the different panels of the box. As with many Meiji metalworks, this box was meant to appeal to a Western collector, using both Japanese and Western artistic conventions...
Age: Edo-Meiji Period, 19th century
Size: Length 7" Width 11.5" Height 9.5"
In historical Japan, merchant's tansus and portable boxes functioned much like the laptops and computers of the 21st century...