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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1196617 (stock #2C-235A)
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This heavily-potted Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was the product of a folk kiln, likely Tamba, and dates to the mid-20th century. The reddish-brown clay body is covered with a rich dark brown glaze, and the kanji characters for sake have been freely trailed with white slip glaze on the front and the back of the bottle. The original carrying robe encircles the thick neck...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #1193153 (stock #11-374A33)
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$595.00
This large lacquered wooden shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”) advertises a brand of Japanese sake and dates to ca. 1930. The large heavy trade sign was carved on a single wood plank and decorated with black and gold lacquer, which creates a dramatic contrast...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1182749 (stock #2C-200)
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This distinctive turnip-shaped Japanese stoneware sake bottle (“tokkuri”) with slip-trailed calligraphy was produced at the Otani kilns in Shikoku and dates to the mid-19th century. The heavily potted bottle was crafted in a marvelous shape known as “kabura” (turnip). The way in which the pot ascends into great swelling shoulders fully reflects the hard work that went into making it...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1167428 (stock #2C-429)
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$575.00
This large impressive Meiji period (1868-1912) Japanese stoneware vase has a thick turquoise glaze on the neck and shoulders, and the front is hand painted with a boldly drawn peony blossom on a rich crackle-glazed buff-colored ground. The vase is heavily potted, and the thick footrim is unglazed. Although similar in style to some Shigaraki or Agano wares, we have been unable to determine the specific folk kiln of its origin...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1152348 (stock #11-372)
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This fine heavy wooden pothook or kettle-hook hanger (“jizai-gake”), hand carved from a large block of densely-grained zelkova (keyaki) wood, was once suspended by a heavy rope from the high roof beams of a Japanese home or shop. Edo/Meiji period, 19th century. This is a wonderful example of the Daikoku type of kettle-hook hanger, distinguished by the integral, inverted V-shaped roof-like upper part of the hook, which reminds the Japanese of Daikoku’s floppy cap...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1132230 (stock #2A-770)
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$570.00
This unusually large, heavily potted Japanese Oribe stoneware bowl in the form of a large lotus leaf is boldly decorated with a flowering tree peony branch on a on a richly-crackled cream-colored ground. Meiji period (1868-1912); unsigned. The deep bowl has been hand potted to resemble a fully-open lotus leaf, with incised leaf veins emanating from the center and the leaf edges curling naturalistically around the rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1128846 (stock #11-369A24)
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$750.00
Carved from a large piece of heavily grained wood, this humble-looking maneki-neko cat sits on its haunches in the classic pose with its left paw up and wears a charming wide-eyed expression on its face. Late Edo/early Meiji period (ca. 1850). This sculpture was roughly executed in the “single-blade carving” technique known as “itto bori,” which produces a faceted surface, with each facet reflecting a single cut...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1103201 (stock #2A-817A19)
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$165.00
This handsome small lidded stoneware jar, typical of Koishiwara ware (“koishiwara-yaki”) pottery, is an excellent example of Japanese ceramic folk art. Dating from the mid-to-late 20th century, this jar was made by “Kumao Ota,” a famous potter in Japan. The gray clay body of the pot was first covered with a coat of white clay slip and then decorated with “chatter-marking” before being coated with clear glaze and random splashes of green and brown glaze...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1077869 (stock #2A-815)
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Dating to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period), this engaging seated clay fox (“kitsune”) likely once stood on the open shrine shelf (“kamidana”) high on the wall of some old Japanese house. With his slanted eyes and upright ears and tail, this alert-looking fox sits attentively on a rectangular pedestal. Pottery foxes were formed by pressing sheets of clay into a concave mold. The clay pieces were joined to produce a hollow figure...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1930 item #1066280 (stock #2C-202A7)
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This Japanese Imari porcelain sake cask in barrel form is decorated in big underglaze blue kanji characters with the name of the brewer or sake brand set against an ochre colored double gourd sake bottle and a blue wave design on a white glazed ground. Early 20th century. The reverse is simply decorated with underglaze blue kanji characters and the numbers 13 and 98 in Arabic numerals...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1930 item #1062761 (stock #11C-046A23)
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$590.00
This large elegant Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century (circa 1900-1930), the bottom is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Shokushosai." Suzuki Shokushosai was an active basket maker in Tokyo during the first three decades of the 20th century...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1053536 (stock #11C-045)
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This unique and truly extraordinary 19th century Japanese flower basket (“hanakago”), finely plaited and tightly woven with varied thin strips of split bamboo, was crafted in the form of Daikoku’s treasure sack. Ca. 1850 to 1880. Daikoku is one of the Seven Lucky Gods. His treasure sack, called the Purse of Inexhaustible Riches (“kinchaku fukuro”), is a distinctive fabric money bag which is tied at the neck and represents prosperity. The neck of this basket is encircled by two thickly...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #1047857 (stock #2A-814A18)
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This heavily potted, glazed Seto stoneware dish with “shochikubai” design is known as a “fuki-zumi” plate because of the unusual technique of sprayed glaze decoration. Edo period, ca. 1800. One of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan, Seto produced ceramic wares in Aichi Prefecture. The unique and dramatic effect on this plate was accomplished through the use of a stencil and brown pigment sprayed through a tube to create the outline of pine, plum and bamboo which seems to float on the soft br...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1940 item #1034908 (stock #11C-047)
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This large elegant vintage Japanese flower basket (“hanakago” or “hanaire”) has been very finely plaited and woven with thin strips of split bamboo. Dating to the early 20th century, the bamboo handle is marked with a three-character signature of noted artisan “Chikuyosai." It was crafted in round tapered form with meticulous and minute weaving. The entire basket has been masterfully plaited in a refined herringbone pattern which required great skill to accommodate the increasing width...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #993643 (stock #2A-811)
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This richly crackled, glazed Japanese folk pottery stoneware oil dish (“abura-zara”) or lantern plate (“andon-zara”) is sparsely decorated with a design of five cream-colored scattered chrysanthemum (“kiku”) roundels freely hand painted in iron oxide and reserved on a mottled brown-black Oribe glazed ground. It dates to the Edo period, likely circa 1800. The reverse side is unglazed.

Most andon plates feature the design known as “tetsu-e” (“iron pictures”), the freestyl...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #898141 (stock #11-360)
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This exceptional antique lacquered wood shop sign (“kanban” or “kamban”), which advertises the sake brewer Kiku-Masamune, was hand carved in the shape of a traditional straw-wrapped wooden cask used for transport and storage of sake. Meiji period, late 19th century. This sign was coated with layers of black lacquer and covered extensively with gleaming gold lacquer, creating a striking contrast where the black lacquer shows through the bright gilding. There are also subtle highlights of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #889852 (stock #9-111A3)
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$350.00
This diminutive hand-carved Japanese statue of Jizo, a bosatsu (Buddhist saint), dates to Meiji/Taisho period (1890-1920). This is a classic example of the distinctive style of stone Jizo which originated from Sadogashima, an island in the Japan Sea off the coast of Niigata Prefecture long famous for its production of small-scale stone sculptures of Jizo. Carved from the unique Sado Island granite in the image of a Buddhist monk with a shaven head, this Jizo stands with hands clasped and holding...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #814763 (stock #2A-802)
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This richly crackled, glazed folk pottery stoneware oil plate (“abura-zara”) or lantern plate (“andon-zara”) is sparsely decorated with a design of a Chinese lantern plant (“hozuki”) and a bird on a buff-colored clay ground with green Oribe overglaze on the shoulder. It dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The design was freely drawn and boldly executed in underglaze iron-oxide brown pigments using just a few simple brush strokes. The flat front side was covered with...