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.
Qing Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 13cm Height 16cm
Celadon has been around in China for nearly two millenia...
Size: Diameter 5.5 cm Height 9.5cm (approx)
This interesting snuff bottle is decorated with the 18 luohans or arhats. A popular motif since the Qing dynasty, Emperor Qianlong took efforts to edit the organization of the Luohans through the consultations of his Tibetan guru.
The snuff bottle contains a Qianlong period mark but the piece must have been made during the Republic Period.
Size: Diameter 5.8cm Height 11.5 cm
This small porcelain vase contains decoration of plum blossoms. A poetic inscription expresses the sight at night with the moon shining and the shadows evoke the sights and smells from the ink. The vase contains a Yongzheng era mark, but the piece is more from the early to mid 20th century.
Size: Length 11.5cm Width 3.5cm Height 2cm
Dragon belt hooks first began to appear around the Song-Yuan dynasties. The belt is looped with a long braided silk cord where the cord belted the robe. Surviving examples can be seen with a museum in the Inner Mongolia region. In latter dynasties, the romanticist for the past put these hooks as novelty for the scholar collector and many examples were produced.
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...
Republic Period or later
Size: Length 4.2cm Width 2.2cm
This dragon pendant motif is thought to have originated from a traditional accessory used in the Qing court. Jade and other semi precious stones are used on the hats, robes, and accessories to represent which rank the scholar official or military general each belongs to. This may have been one in its past reused in the form of a pendant...
Ming Dynasty or Later
Size: Diameter 18.5cm Height 6 cm
Incised motifs in ceramics are often produced with the height of the production of Dingyao wares during the Sung dynasty. The simple yet decorative motifs became popular and the technique continued onwards into the Yuan, Ming and Qing Periods. This bowl has flowers embossed in the interior and glazed with an olive green celadon color.
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...
Late 20th century
Diameter 4.25" Height 8.5"
A multi faceted Oribe vase crafted by an artist named Eiji. It is not known who the artist is, but assumedly a living artist today working with the art of making Oribe ceramics. Unlike many of the ceramics, Oribe is one of the few difficult wares to make. The control of the heat is needed to produce the green often associated with Oribe wares.
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...
Length 19cm Height 10cm (Approx.)
Yixing tea pots were popular during the height of the Ming dynasty as the scholar tradition and aesthetic spread everywhere across China. Manuals and materials were flowing throughout the empire and some speculate it may had the influence of the materials in relation to the rank one was in the Ming hierarchy. Later, as tea culture continued to spread, more and more works done in the yixing clay...
Size: Diameter 28.5cm
Possibly based on a painting that is part of the collection of the Forbidden City, the work contains marks referring to Emperor Qianlong's study, the Sanxitang. Below the plate contains a Qianlong reign mark in the design often seen but the plate itself does not date to that period but centuries after when works from this era were revived.
Late Ming to Qing Dynasties
Size: Diameter 17.2 cm Height 6 cm
This bowl, though done in a pale celadon glaze contains a motif of geese and reeds. This motif not only has a seasonal representation, but infers to literati culture especially with the noted calligraphy sage, Wang Xizhi. The design is often associated or compared to with wares from the Yuan Dynasty and later periods...