This amazing kimono is hand painted with motifs of waves and pine trees set on top of islands. The trees and the islands are enhanced with gold thread sewn onto the silk fabric. The back contains a green bokashi silk fabric.
Condition: Overall the kimono has been kept in wonderful condition. The top backing of the kimono contains staining from being used.
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
Size: Diameter 12cm Height 27cm
Piece contains an inscription stating that it was made by an artist named Duei Juntai.
Porcelain hat stands first appeared during the Jiaqing period, when officials and court nobles used the cylindrical object, pierced with holes, to air their hats. Over time these holes disappeared and the objects simply became pedestals to place hats upon...
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The center jadeite jade stone is in a cabochon cut with a slightly rounded back, as opposed to the traditional cabochon cut with an entirely flat back. The ring features an ornate setting with a halo of high-quality, pave diamonds, set into platinum or white gold (no hallmarks are apparent). The design of the diamond setting recalls the petals of a lotus flower, giving this ring a very Chinese flavor...
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: 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...
Zhu Mai (active early to mid 20th century)
Size: Length 42cm Height 58cm
Zhu Mai was a noted student of the artist, Zhang Da Qian. Unlike her master's dynamic works, Zhu Mai's is reserved and conservative, retaining techniques and styles that could found in Song landscape paintings.
In this work, Zhu Mai presents us with an atmospheric landscape pierced by sharp mountain peaks...
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...
Late 19th to early to mid 20th century
Size: per bead 12mm (there is 99 or so beads in one strand)
Chinese glass technology existed since the Han dynasty. However, with the arrival of the Jesuits to China in the 16th century, glass technology expanded in translating objects that the Chinese cherished such as porcelains, jades, and other hard stones...
Size: Length 11.5" Width 5" Height 9.5"
These types of stirrups were often used by the nobility and higher ranking samurai and are different from the simpler thin stirrups often used by government officials and guards. At times, these stirrups can be decorated with gold makie.
Height 31" Diameter 7.5"
This pair of gold lacquered candle stands in a fluted chrysanthemum style design. This pair of stands may have been used in a temple environment where these stands would be used on the side alcoves where scrolls of the masters, protectors, and other deities would be displayed.
Republic Period (1912-1930)
Size: Length 80" Width 31"
Lan Shining or Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) was famous in serving the courts of Emperor Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong and was thought to be the key figure in disseminating the Western style of painting from distance methods to the way objects, people, and animals were depicted...
Stone Rubbing of Calligraphy by Zhu Xi (1130-1200)
Zhu Xi was the noted neo-confucian who influenced the culture and politics of East Asia especially in China, Korea, and Japan. Zhu Xi's philosophy was highly recognized for the understanding of the self and how governance should be done. However, his faults were how a government can continue for long time was lacking and ended with a weakened state...
The set is decorated with shu-urushi (vermillion lacquer) decorated with motif of vines done in hira makie and nashiji...
Age: 20th century Size: Diameter 2.25" Height1.8"
Size: Diameter 7.75" Height 18"
Bottom: Ming Chenghua Mark
The black base glaze was developed during the Qing dynasty when porcelain became a medium to express objects of different periods and materials. The courts of Emperor Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong were fervent in producing porcelains emulating Song ceramics, jade, ornate cloisonné, etc...
Yang Chujun (1936~)
Size: Length 60" Width 47.5"
Yang Chujun is one of the few artists who utilize the traditional elements of Chinese landscape paintings and add modern techniques and elements. His works received wide praise outside of China and has been influential in the art world in Shanghai.