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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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1186197 (stock #2D-058A33)
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$145.00
This delicate Japanese sake cup (“sakazuki”) is decorated with a dragon in high relief in varied shades of gold and silver lacquer on a red lacquer ground. Meiji period (1868-1912). The dragon, created in takamakie (raised lacquer) emerges from rough swirling waves done in both takamakie and hiramakie (flat lacquer). Details such as his piercing eyes, whiskers, beard and claws are finely rendered in low relief...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1131295 (stock #11E-099P)
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This most unusual oval Japanese sake container is decorated in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) on a rich deep brown lacquer ground with the motif of chidori and waves. Meiji period (1868-1912). The rough swirling waves are meticulously hand painted in gold hiramakie lacquer. Such extensive and freely executed representations of high waves, foam and spray are known as “araumi” (rough sea) motifs...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1960 item #1021563 (stock #11E-146)
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$135.00
This large vintage round red lacquer dish in chrysanthemum form with low relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the mid-20th century. The finely carved edges of the dish represent real chrysanthemum blossoms which surround a stylized twelve petal chrysanthemum flowerhead -- a design which originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1800 item #989878 (stock #11E-147)
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This important Japanese “red-cornered” lacquer document box (“sumiaka ryoshibako”) dates to the Edo period, ca. 1800. All sides of the large rectangular covered box are wrapped in coarse red cloth which had been covered in red lacquer. A high domed cover and all side panels are decorated in varied shades of gold makie lacquer with pine, plum and bamboo (“shochikubai”) on a rich black roiro lacquer ground...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #979985 (stock #11E-148A32)
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$295.00
This fine vintage Japanese wakasa-nuri stand with rolled legs has a mosaic-like surface that shimmers with gold foil and tiny inlaid pieces of iridescent mother-of-pearl. Early to mid-20th century. The base of the lacquer is wood which was finished with brown, black and red colors, and the layers of these colors are revealed by polishing the lacquer finish to create this unique and complex pattern. Small pieces of mother of pearl are mixed into the finish creating a lovely overall effect...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1950 item #868407 (stock #11E-008)
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$120.00
The lids of these elegant vintage Japanese lacquer covered bowls are decorated with gold lacquer peonies on a rich black lacquer ground. They date to the mid-20th century. The peony flower blossoms and leaves have been hand painted in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) with takamakie (raised lacquer) highlights on a glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Roiro is a technique of using the highest quality black urushi lacquer, applied and polished in several layers. The rims are finished with gold lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #855198 (stock #11F-147)
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This lavishly decorated Japanese makie lacquer hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the Meiji/Taisho period, early 20th century. The front side of the comb is painstakingly decorated with a profusion of flowers and leaves done in gold hiramakie (flat lacquer), takamakie (raised lacquer) and iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a rich black roiro-nuri lacquer ground overlayed with sections of green and red lacquer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #806212 (stock #11E-143A16)
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$295.00
This lovely round red and black lacquer tray with hand carved peony blossoms and leaves was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The alternating layers of color create a rich effect on the low relief carving, adding to its three dimensional quality. There is a wonderful depth and patina to the richly textured finish of this tray, which was very likely a tea ceremony presentation tray. The reverse is simply finished with red lacquer...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #739671 (stock #11-287A16)
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This wooden figure is a wonderful hand-carved rendering of a standing Jizo, the bosatsu (Buddhist saint) who is one of the most popular and revered Buddhist deities in Japan. Early Meiji period, mid-19th century to late 19th century. His patient, gentle face is very tranquil, and his simply rendered facial expression reflects a deep inner peace and serenity...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #709273 (stock #11F-143A38)
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$250.00
This exquisitely delicate gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Meiji/Taisho period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are beautifully decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) and gold takamakie (raised lacquer) floral and leaf designs with accents of gold kirigane inlay on a gold lacquer ground. (Kirigane is a technique in which metallic foil is...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #696306 (stock #11F-142A7)
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$275.00
This lovely inlaid tan and gold makie lacquer Japanese hair comb (“kushi”) and signed ornamental hair bar (“kogai”) set is decorated en suite and dates to the early 20th century (Taisho/early Showa period). The front sides of the comb and the ends of the two-pronged kogai are painstakingly decorated with gold hiramakie (flat lacquer) cherry blossoms and a wave design with bright iridescent “aogai” (abalone shell) inlay on a most unusual tan colored lacquer base. The gold lacquer flow...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #633694 (stock #11E-139A2)
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$280.00
This large red and black lacquer deep dish in chrysanthemum form with relief hand carving was crafted in a technique known as kamakura-bori and dates to the early 20th century. The carved edges of the bowl represent the sixteen petals of a chrysanthemum blossom. This design originated in the late 17th century and was based on the "kiku-mon," the imperial crest derived from the chrysanthemum. The central medallion is carved in relief with three overlapping chrysanthemum leaves. The reverse is com...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #523129 (stock #2B-730)
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$750.00
This most unusual Japanese studio ceramic vase, which is covered with an overall ochre glaze and a rich flambé drip on the neck and shoulder, is further decorated with takamakie lacquer designs of flowers and a crab. Meiji period (1868-1912). Unidentified artist; the ochre glazed base is stamped in archaic characters inside a raised unglazed square seal in the biscuit. The decoration is boldly executed in gold and brown takamakie (raised) lacquer, giving the vase a moriage type of appearance. A...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1930 item #517850 (stock #11E-126A35)
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This unusual black and red covered square box is most likely an incense storage container called a kogo. Early 20th century. Carved in nuri guri style, the cover appears to depict a tortoise, the symbol of longevity. The interior is finished in plain black lacquer. Nuri guri is the technique of laying down and alternating dozens of layers of red and black lacquer and then carving through the layers in intricate geometric or curved patterns borrowed from the Chinese. The deep cuts are made at an ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #475558 (stock #11E-135A39)
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$950.00
These matched Japanese black and red lacquered sake containers in sleeve cask form (“sodedaru”) are decorated with the family crest (mon) which depicts a water plantain “(omodaka”) plant. Dating to the early 20th century, both are signed. Red lacquer trims the top, bottom and side edges of the container, and the mon on the front side is finished in silver lacquer. This color contrast is quite pleasing. A brass pouring spout rises from a red and black lacquer carved opening, and the facet...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #465368 (stock #11E-132A14)
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$195.00
This elegant and refined square lacquer tray with rounded edges is decorated with four family crests (mons) in gold makie lacquer on a rich glossy black roiro-nuri ground. Meiji period, early 20th century. Roiro-nuri is a technique wherein the highest quality black urushi lacquer is applied and polished in several layers. Round gold makie lacquer crests of noble families include the crane, melon, feathers and wisteria. The edge is finished with gold lacquer. Serving trays such as this were used ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #461144 (stock #11E-134)
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$265.00
This most unusual elongated covered box – probably used to hold brushes or pens -- displays the typical mottled orange, gold and black lacquer technique known as Wakasa-nuri. Meiji period, late 19th century. The center of the box’s cover has an unadorned red lacquer panel surrounded by the swirling wakasa-nuri finish along the edge and on all sides, and the exterior of the lower section is also decorated with wakasa-nuri lacquer. The base and the inside of the box are finished with rich blac...