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.
Attributed to Ogata Korin
Size: Length 126cm Width 57cm
An interesting painting depicting Fukurokuju, the noted daoist deity of fortune, fate, and prosperity along with two attendant animals often associated with Jurojin and Fukurokuju. The three appear as if they are sitting idly waiting for the time to pass. The painting contains a seal often used by Korin, but the style and material appear to come from a bit after Korin's period.
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)
Size: Length (Avg.) 400-450cm Height 195cm
A pair of wonderful folding screens depicting different flora and fauna. The condition of the screen is superb where the vivid colors of the flowers and birds are still there as if the work was alive. No damages are seen on the painting or the mounting of the screen.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
Edo Period or Later (18-19th century)
Size: Diameter: 5.5" (14cm) height 4.25"( 10.8 cm)
An interesting Seto ware object known as a katakuchi. Some translate katakuchi as a lipped bowl or cup where sake or food is served. Most were originally served sake and as the mingei, or Japan's arts and craft movement, spurred the use of these bowls.
The interesting thing about this katakuchi is the rough carved form on the body and the mouth...