This 19th century bronze and champleve censor measures 4 1/2 inches in diameter by about 4 inches tall.
It has a wonderful brown patina and some very minor verdigris on it. The enamelling is in excellent condition with only a few irregularities as should be expected for this time period. The top rim has Fu Lion heads floating in a recurring pattern of fan shaped waves. The center band is composed of champleve enamel in archaic stylized patterns. Another (bottom) band of bronze repeating fan shaped waves sits on tripod legs.
There are no marks on this censor. It dates circa 1870-1900.
This Japanese Satsuma pitcher or condiment jar measures about 6 inches tall by 4 inches in diameter at it's widest point.
It dates from the late 19th century-early 20th Century( Meiji Period) (circa 1880-1915).
It is in excellent condition with some minor losses to the gilding on the handle.
It is covered overall with a finely detailed series of patterns, which include a bird and dragon motif with fans.
Based on it's rounded and smoothed edges, it appears that this small vessel never originally had a permanent top or stopper.
It is unmarked as to maker or country of origin . This one fact helps to date it pre 1895 when US import export laws were established. After that date it would have had to have been marked as to country of origin.
This original Japanese porcelain jar measures about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 1/4 inches in height.
The exterior of this little gem is covered overall with hand painted Japanese court figures in robed splendor, including, geishas, and Daimo figures set against a gilt background. The fineness of figures details is amazing, but pales when you observe the hand painted calligraphic stories or poetry that cover the entire interior of the cup. The hand painted Asian calligraphic symbols are so minute and so detailed that one can imagine an artist going blind in the process of painting them one stroke at a time deep inside the cup. It requires a magnifying glass to completely appreciate the details.
This cup or jar is in outstanding condition, but it is missing the original lid.
A comparable cup sold Nov 17, 2007 at live auction on ebay(#150180899539) for $500.00. It was chipped, but it had the lid that this cup lacks.
This original 19th CENTURY FOUR PANEL JAPANESE HAND PAINTED SCREEN measures about 32 by 72 inches.
The subject is a red plum tree with chrysanthemums and ducks on a silver ground (circa 1850).
Condition is good with some light scratches and rubbing to painting in minor areas.
This carved wooden figure of a standing Buddha measures 12 inches tall by 3 1/2 inches in width by 3 3/4 inch diameter at it's base.
It has outstanding carved details over it's entire front representing the folds of a finely draped cloth fabric.
It dates circa 1880-1920.
It is in very good condition except for the loss of the tip of one finger on his upraised hand. It still retains much of it's original paint on the head, hands and feet. Traces of dark red and gilding can still be seen in crevices.
This is an outstanding antique Japanese Iron Tsuba or sword hilt with a copper rim around it.
It measures about 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.
It is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs evident. It is signed center left.
It dates to the 19th century or earlier, possibly MUCH earlier.
This incomplete pair of charming 18th-19th century bronze censors consists of one complete censor on extended tripod legs, with a shi shi top and also one additional matching body without the legs, base or top.
These censors both have a series of eight open mouth Buddhist Temple Lion faces around the main body (see closeup)
The complete censor measures 10 inches tall by about 5 inches in diameter.
The tripod legs are set on a circular, flat base with a sunburst pattern engraved on it.
There are no country of origin marks on any of the pieces.
These pieces have nice and even patinas.
They appear to be Chinese, made for the Japanese market. Circa 1840's-1880"s.
This Meiji period JAPANESE KUTANI BOWL measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep.
It is in excellent condition with slight wear to the gilding as would be expected .
It is signed on the bottom (see enlargement).
This antique Japanese bronze hand mirror dates from the Edo Period (1800-1868).
It has a finely detailed background including two cranes, a turtle and a large pine tree.
It is in excellent condition with a fine old patina and most of it's original silver remaining on the reverse.
It may have been given as a wedding gift, as was the tradition back then.
Dimensions: 11” high, 7” wide.
This bronze figure of a seated shogun or emperor measures 14 inches tall by 12 inches wide by approximately 8 inches in depth.
It is in excellent condition, although it appears to have been mounted to a base at one time (with two drill holes in a bronze cross brace on the interior).
It appears to date to the late Meiji Period (circa 1900), but it may be slightly later (1920-30)..
This Japanese bronze handled mirror measures about 8 inches in diameter (21cm) with an extended handle which increases the full height to about 12 inches or 30 centimeters(cm).
It dates to the late Edo Period or Early Meiji period ( about the middle of the 19th century (1840-1860).
It is signed in the left portion of the front. It also has birds flying over churning waves in the ocean.
It still has most of it's silver ovrlay on the two large Kanji marks on the front. It also has remnants of it's silver on the reverse or "Face" of the mirror.
Bronze mirrors were introduced into Japan from China and Korea about 300 BC - AD 300.
At first they had a religious function and were regarded as symbols of authority.
The Japanese soon learned to make their own mirrors using lost-wax casting and decorated them with Japanese or Chinese designs.
By the Nara period (AD 710-794) mirrors were made for everyday use and used designs such as plants and animals to symbolize good fortune.
From the Kamakura period (1185-1333) a design showing Hôraizan (the Chinese 'Island of Immortality') became popular.. More new designs and the first handled mirrors appeared in the Muromachi period (1333-1568).
During the Edo period (1600-1868), mirrors decorated with lucky symbols or Chinese characters were given at weddings. Mirrors became larger as hairstyles became more ornate; some mirrors in Kabuki theatre dressing-rooms were up to fifty centimetres across and were placed on stands. The faces of mirrors were highly polished or burnished, with itinerant tinners and polishers specializing in this work. Since the mirror, together with the sword and the jewel, were symbols of Imperial power, mirror-makers were deeply revered and often given honorary titles such as Tenka-Ichi ('First under Heaven'). However, this title was often misused and was officially prohibited in 1682. Bronze mirrors were replaced by glass mirrors after the Meiji Restoration (1868).
This antique Japanese bronze in the form of a wooden well bucket measures 6 inches (15.3 cm) tall by about 5 inches square (13.3 X 13.5 cm).
It was cast to simulate a wooden well bucket, including wood grain, knot holes and dovetailed joints.
It is unmarked except for a small square with illegible marks on the interior of the bottom.
This old bronze dates from about the late Edo to early Meiji period (to call it 19th century should about cover it, although it may actually be earlier!).
It is in very good condition, except for a few small irregularities to the casting. There are also traces of old solder around the bottom.
It appears as if the bottom came off at one time and was put back on upside down. Subsequently any marks are on the inside.
This Japanese Carved Wooden Mask measures 10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide (ear to ear) by 4 inches in depth. It is also about 1 1/2 inches in thickness at center narrowing down to about 3/4 inch thick at edges.
It is carved from a tightly grained wood similar to those found in 19th century Japanese furniture.
It has a nice patina and retains traces of original pale maroon color in some areas.
It is in excellent condition and has wonderful parallel grooves over entire interior: most likely carving marks, but very finely detailed. They do not show up well in photos.
This original, signed painting on wooden panel measures 17 1/2 inches by 18 inches (44cm x 46 cm) not including the ornately carved wooden frame it sits in. With frame, it measures 23 1/2 by 24 inches.
The subject of the painting is two samurai with drawn blades.
It is signed on both the front and reverse of the painting. There is also an additional hand painted seal in the upper right corner.
We date this painting to the late Meiji Period, although it is quite possible that it could be much earlier.
The condition of the painting is very good, but there are a few minor scrapes to the soft wood evident in the picture, but only from a certain angle. They really do not detract from the charm of this outstanding work.
Last, but not least, the frame is an amazing example of wood carving, and in outstanding condition.
This forest green glazed Kochi ware vase with handles measures 12 cm tall by 12 cm in diameter by 19 cm wide (handle to handle). It most likely dates to the beginning of the 20th century. The glaze pools dark green in the crevices.
There are NO marks or signatures on this vase.
It is in excellent condition. No chips, cracks, hairlines, repairs, etc. It does have a few very light surface scratches to the glaze. There are four round felt pads on the bottom of the vase (see enlargement photos).
The glaze is even and complete. Any white spots or lines are from the flash and are NOT on the vase itself.
Japanese Awaji ware was influenced by or copied after, Chinese Cochin ware: a 16th century pottery originally produced in Southern China or Vietnam. It consisted primarily of green glazed wares with low relief decoration* (*Ceramic Art of Japan, Seattle Art Museum, Page 164)(CAJ).
Another theory about the origin of Cochi or Cochin ware is that it was carried from China to South East Asia (modern Day Vietnam and Thailand) during the Song or Yuan Dynasty . In 1206 the Mongolian tribes met and agreed to unite under Genghis Khan. In 1215 Genghis Khan captured Beijing. In 1279 Kublai Khan, his grandson, completed the Quest of China, ending the Song Dynasty. The Yuan dynasty that they created lasted from 1279 to 1368 (1368- 1644 A.D. Ming dynasty). Faced with Mongol rule artists, potters, merchants and exporters left China and set up their operations in Vietnam and Thailand. The Sung kiln and glaze technologies were transferred to Vietnam. Bat Trang (in Vietnam) prospered and continued to do so as the Ming dynasty maintained a closed-door policy until 1567. It was not until 1684 that the Chinese competed effectively with Vietnamese ceramics exporters. By this time Vietnamese pottery had achieved such popularity in Japan that even the Japanese potters produced ceramics in the Vietnamese style, which they called Cochi or Kochi ware. During the late Edo Period there was a fashion among Kyoto potters (including Eiraku Hozen, Ogata Kenzan, and Aoki Mokubei) to emulate the Chinese wares of the 16th century, especially the export blue and white, gosu-akae, and Kochi ware** (**CAJ-pg 158).
This glazed ceramic or stoneware figure dates to the Meiji (1866-1912) in Japan.
It measures 7 1/4 inches tall by 5 1/4 inches in width and about 3 3/4 inches in depth at it's widest point.
It is in outstanding condition and has extremely vibrant colors. There is one extremely small circular spot of glaze loss which appears to be a kiln flaw on the sleeve.
Remnants of the gauze pattern remain on the unglazed bottom.
This outstanding antique Japanese Iron Tsuba or sword hilt is covered on both sides by leaf patterns in gold inlay.
It measures 2 7/8 x 3 inches and it is in very good condition with no cracks or repairs evident.
It dates to the 19th century or earlier.
It is not signed.