Size:67cm x 30.5cm
A standard Chinese landscape set in a rural mountain setting. The overall techniques and styles seen in this landscape are often seen in the Republic Period. Suzhou was one of the centers producing various works of art for the wealthy merchants and at times some were even exported to Japan (which many survive).
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Early Qing Dynasty
Size: Height 10 CM
Simple in its design yet refined Chinese tripod censer with a hard wood lid. The censer has a dragon motif incised on the exterior of the body. No reign marks or denotations are found on the piece.
Onishi Gorozaemon (Edo Onishi lineage)
Edo Period (c. 1716-1735)
Size: Diameter 12cm Height 17cm
An interesting iron sake container thought to be made by the artist of the Onishi Gorozaemon family. The sake container contains a whirlpool motif referred to as a lightning motif. The lid is decorated in lacquer of motif of pampas grass and a crescent moon. The box contains an inscription authenticating the container around 1922 or so by th...
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Late 19th to early 20th century
Size: Diameter 18cm Height 22cm
A fine Japanese iron tea pot or tetsubin. The handle made of iron contains silver inlay of a plum branch motif. The lid is done in mottled copper or bronze. The underside of the lid contains the signature of the maker. The piece is in excellent condition for the age.
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Size: Length 153cm height 52cm
Chinese landscape of a view of a mountain landscape with mists and clouds covering the steep valleys below. Interestingly the work is done by two artists and their signatures and seals are found on the right and left of the painting.
Attributed to Kano Sosen Akinobu (1765-1826)
Width 50.5cm Length 194.8cm
Width 19.8" Length 76.6"
A fine minimalistic painting of a view of a sage, possibly depicting Lao Tzu riding a donkey-like animal. Although donkey might not be the right species often found in China and used for transportation and transporting goods.
Meiji to Taisho Periods
Size: Diameter 2.8" Height 5.9"
A fine pair of Satsuma ware sake bottles or tokkuri signed by the noted maker, Chin Jukan. The bottles are decorated with chrysanthemum flowers, a seasonal motif often referring to the month of September when sake is consumed with chrysanthemum petals. The signature of the artist is similar to works from the 12th to the 13th Chin Jukan.
Size: Width 48.7cm Length 147cm
A rather different expression of the noted poet Kakinomoto Hitomaro. Often he is depicted sitting with his arm rest observing a distant landscape or id depicting with his usual poem inscribed. Here Hitomaro is depicted as if he is on the verge of inscribing a poem.
Early 20th century (Taisho-Showa Periods)
Size: Diameter 5.9cm Height 3.6cm
An interesting and rather unusual set of three tea cups with a Chinese literati theme painted on the exterior. The painting evokes of Qing to Republican Chinese literati styles with peonies set along with other floral motifs and a vase. A four character phrase done in gold color reads (in Chinese): Yu tang fu qi, the phrase is an old auspicious expression, wishing abundance ...
Crafted by Masaharu
Size: Diameter 7.9cm Height 1.8cm
Set of four Japanese tea saucers, known as chataku in Japanese. Though it is unusual to find a set of four saucers, but it may be the availability of resources to find enough stock of ebony. In China, Ebony (known as heitan) is valued along with the other hardwoods such as zitan.
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真葛香山 工房 Makuzu Kozan Studios
Late Meiji to Taisho Periods
Size: Diameter 6.8cm Height 5.8cm
From an estate in Kyoto.
Makuzu Kozan, became known during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) internationally through the submission at the various expositions being held in Europe and in the United States. Through his success, the Makuzu family continued producing various wares.
Tanomura Chokugai (1904-1997)
Size: Length 194cm Width 70.3
Chokugai, the last of the noted member of the Tanomura lineage starting with Tanomura Chikuden in the 18th century, Chokunyu during the Meiji. Chokugai served as member of the Nanga Society in Kyoto and was one few leading members in the revival of the Nanga movement in Japan during the post-war era.
The inscription generally can be read:
At Shoushan beside the water, walking furth...
Size: Diameter 8.75" (22.3cm)
Round Chinese lacquered container decorated with a bird and flower scenery. Hard stones and mother of pearl are used to create the flora and fauna on the lid. Wear can be seen around the mouth of the container.
Taisho to Showa Periods
Size: Height 84cm Width 33cm
A simple but standard Japanese instrument known as a biwa. Unlike the Chinese pipa, the Japanese biwa is used to recite epic stories such as the Tales of the Heike and other battle stories. Today, often the five string instruments (Chikuzen and Satsuma Biwa) are used to recite these tales instead of the classical four stringed ones.
Size:Length 90cm Width 33.3cm
The portrait is based on the famous pair done by Yan Hui in the Yuan Dynasty (Tokyo National Museum Collection). Unfortunately, there is only Shide and not the other half, Hanshan. A chan poem is inscribed on the top by the artist.
Sogo (active early to mid 19th century)
67cm x 198cm
The style is similar to works done by the noted artist, Gessen and other artists from the Shijo and Maruyama Schools. The artist is not known but a similar name was found in a woodblock print published inside a book around the same period. (refer to the Waseda University Library, Collection of Edo Period Books)
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Size: Height 5ft. Width 2ft. (Height 152cm Width 31cm (approx.)
Finely crafted Japanese Buddhist altar known as a butsudan. Makie is done on the panels of the altar and the interior appears as if one is in the interior section of the temple altar. electrical components are found on the altar. * Note: The Buddhist image is a sample image of how it will look. Image is not included.
Late Edo to Meiji Periods
Size: Painting: Length 28cm Width 16cm
Unlike the popular stigma and interest Japanese shunga or erotica themed paintings and prints, these works were used as educational tools. Just as seen in middle school sex educational classes and sessions, these prints were shown to women prior to their marriage. Though many of the imagery is very dramatic and in positions that could be imaginative, one can only speculate what viewers at...