Age: 20th century Size: Length 2.75" Width 1.25" Height 2.6"
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.
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Mano Gyotei (1874-1934)
Size: 75" wide and 73" tall
The fierce, humanistic, and zen-like qualities can be seen in these paintings of different arhats. Each arhat representing their understanding of enlightenment engages the viewer in a silent conversation with each arhat. Usually a set of 18 arhats are painted but here we have 6 panels of depicting 8 of the 18 arhats...
Akamatsu Unrei (1892-1958)
Painted in 1915
Size: Length 78" Width 28"
Akamatsu Unrei is known for his traditional literati landscape paintings and other Nihonga subject matter. Not the eccentric subjects. The painting dates to the winter of 1915 around the time when Unrei was undergoing his training as a painter...
Age: Late Showa Period Size: Diameter 3.9" Height 3.5"
Size: Diameter 14" Height 9"
Often the motif of a bamboo fence with flora originate with the noted Song Dynasty poet, Tao Yuanming. His version was the fence with chrysanthemums. In Japan, this motif expanded with other flowers and plants with various literary allusions...
Late Showa Period (1960-1970)
Size: Height 44.5" Width 17"
The original painting made by Empress Kojun in the 1960s was made to support the Japanese Red Cross and for a fundraiser at the time. Later, the image became popular and subsequent copies and renditions were made. This one example interprets the painting in the artist's eye and evoke the sense of cuteness in the rabbits shown along with themes of Rinpa.
Size: Length 180"-190" Width 13.5"
Originally Shunga paintings were meant as teaching tools to the children of the ruling warrior and nobility class in continuing the blood lineage of the family. As Japan stabilized its society during the Edo period shunga took off onto a new genre of art. The expressions and creativity of the artist. Also recently the British Museum held an exhibition exploring this genre.
Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Size: Length 30.75" Height 52.8"
Necessary Conservation work has been done on the scroll recently.
Images of seafood would evoke the Roman mosaics that survive in Pompeii but the Japanese too enjoyed art depicting the bounties of the land and sea. Lobsters were a symbol of abundance and wealth which were also used as decorations during the New Year...
Size: Approx. Length 52" Width 28"
Motifs of Rabbits are popular in Japanese art where rabbits not only are related with the zodiac but also are an auspicious symbol of abundance and "jumping" onto the next level. The scroll is a fan painting of two rabbit dolls set on a bamboo base...
Length 55" Height 25.25"
Angkor Wat has been considered as the wonders of Asia in its art and architecture. The temple was built to represent the Hindu cosmos and different panels were created depicting the stories in Hinduism.
Qing Period or Later
Size: Length 10.5" Width 0.25"
Hair accessories have been an important element in the history of Chinese hair fashion. Often paintings depicting women using different hair pins and combs to decorate their hair. Men during the Ming dynasty also used hair pins, though not as elaborate as the women, different materials and designs are seen.
Size: Length 82.5" Width 20.25"
Comes with tomobako. From a San Francisco Estate of a noted individual who helped transmit zen to the West.
Odake Kokkan was educated in the time when Japan was evolving its painting tradition...
Size: Length 5" Width 0.25" Height 1.5"
A rather unusual Chinese silver or metal snuff bottle. The bottles are arranged like a screen where each bottle contains an image of a flowering flora and a name or word associated with the contents inside. It is not known what the contents were but one could assume possibly some kind of Chinese medicinal or herbal blend that would invoke the name of that specific powder.
Size: Length 1.75" Width 0.7" Height 1.25"
The motif of a boy bull herder riding an ox originates from the famous zen parable of a boy trying to tame a bull. The ten images of the entire journey represents the journey of enlightenment where the bull is the mind and the boy the practitioner. This motif also became popular within the literati tradition as well.
Wu Wenmai (active 1980-Modern)
Size: Diameter 8.5"(including spout) Width 5.5" Height 5"
Yixing tea pots were developed during the Ming dynasty when loose leaf tea consumption spread throughout China. As a result, various pots using a the simple terra cotta style along with the elaborate sculpturing echoes the preferences of the literati scholar. Different pots represent the philosophy or seasons and were chosen by the collector's tastes...
Size:Length 12.75" Width 12.7"
Ex-collection from a San Francisco Estate.
The silk embroidery appears to be done on a black velvet silk base, but upon careful examination, the silk is more of a rich dark purple that, when the fabric was made becomes a rich evening black color.