Miniature Bamboo Japanese Tea House and Garden
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1940: item # 1194473
Please refer to our stock # 11-375A36 when inquiring.
B & C Antiques
P. O. Box 291
Derby, CT 06418
This delightful little house and garden tableau contains an incredibly detailed miniature Japanese tea house surrounded by a twig fence adjoined at the corner by a bamboo garden gate. Early to mid-20th century. The house has movable sliding shoji screen doors and windows and a large removable overhanging hipped roof. Next to the house is a separate little outhouse, complete with miniature fixtures. Crafted almost entirely of beautifully grained bamboo pieces which all fit together snugly, the level of detail in this wonderfully realistic model is superb. All joinery is done with wooden pegs. The exterior has two solid walls. The other two walls have tracks holding sliding shoji doors and windows, which open onto a raised veranda with a railing. There are two hinged storage compartments on opposite corners of the building where miniature wooden outer shutter doors would be kept. Little square bamboo “stones” line the walkway, and a miniature garden lantern hangs from one of the eves above the veranda. When you lift up the “tiled” bamboo roof, it reveals a removable beamed ceiling. Beneath the ceiling is a six-mat room, with tiny removable bamboo tatami mats. Against the back wall there is a tokonoma (alcove), in which hangs a miniature scroll above a tiny ikebana flower arrangement, and a low display shelf.
There is a surprise attached to the base beneath the removable floor – a brass music box. The brass knob is underneath the base. We have carried a number of these little tea house models, and this is the first one we’ve ever seen that contained a music box. The brass mechanism appears to be intact, but we have not attempted to play it.
CONDITION: This fragile little gem of an architectural model, which comes apart like a puzzle, is in excellent condition. There is wonderful patina on the bamboo. One tiny anchor peg on the interior deck fence is missing.
DIMENSIONS: Base is 8” (20.3 cm) x 7 1/8” (18.1 cm) x 1 ¼” (3.3 cm) high; house is 5 3/8” (13.8 cm) x 4 3/8” (11.1 cm) x 5 ½” (14 cm) high.