Japanese scroll painted with red ink on paper depicting Shoki the Demon Queller with a drawn sword in his hands. Wonderful expressive painting - see his severe facial expression, detailing of his hair and beard, flow of his robe and beautifully executed ink washes. Paper mounts, wooden scroll ends. Inscribed FUJIWARA NO MUGURASAKO KINGA followed by kakihan (monogram of the artist). Inscription can be translated as ďrespectfully drawn by Mugurasako of the Fujiwara clanĒ. Scroll size 66x16 inches, ...click for details
Japanese scroll painted with ink and colors on silk depicting a spotted stag by a stream among reeds under a moon about to be obscured by clouds. Great composition with alert beast looking into the background hidden in beautifully depicted mist. Wonderful quality realistic painting, superb brushwork - see the detailing of hairs on its coat. Paper and silk mounts, wooden scroll ends. Signed GANEN and marked with red paste seal. Scroll size 68x19 inches, painting size 40x16 inches.
Japanese scroll painted with ink and colors on paper depicting the Rokkasen (Six Famous Poets of Japan that lived in 9-10th century) seated on the ground in different attitudes. Wonderful Zen quality to the brushwork, great composition, beautiful use of color. Brocade silk mounts, lacquered wood scroll ends. Inscribed with a short poem, signed KEIZAN, and marked with red paste seal and another seal lower on the painting. Scroll size 60x15 inches, painting size 26.5x10.5 inches.
1920s Japanese scroll painted with ink on paper depicting two iwashi (herring). Excellent composition in Japanese taste, wonderful quality painting, great brushwork. Silk brocade mounts, lacquered wood scroll ends, some foxing to the paper. Signed GAISEN and marked with red paste seal. Scroll size 48x17 inches, painting size 10x11.5 inches.
Sothebyís sale catalog JAPANESE WORKS OF ART PART II that took place in London on November 17th, 1994. 370 lots illustrated in black and white (303 lots of swords and fittings, 67 lots of netsuke and inro), in excellent condition, prices realized included.
Old Chinese scholarís rock in a form of a turquoise chunk suggesting mountain of dramatic shape with crevices and caves. The stone provides several different views. Beautiful turquoise matrix of green and brown colors with very richly textured surface, nicely carved fitted hardwood stand. Wonderful object for contemplation on scholarís table. Height with stand 3 1/4 inches, length 4 inches.
Unusual buffalo horn carving of a reclining one-horned chimera snarling with its mouth wide open. Does not photograph well. Wonderful carving with great face, mane, tail and powerful paws, in superb condition. Excellent quality amber colored translucent horn (see backlit photo), very beautiful finish. Wonderful object for scholarís table. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Chinese scholarís brush washer turned out of buffalo horn with four carved chimeras in different attitudes along its perimeter and key fret collar around its mouth. Does not photograph well. Superbly beautiful material with even texture and subtle translucency, wonderful carving. Excellent item for scholarís desk. Width 2 7/8 inches, height 7/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century (see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 886). Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and has an unusual feature for a high quality netsuke - eyes that can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair, character FUKU (happiness) and chrysanthemum patterns on his robe beautifully i ...click for details
1930s Japanese studio porcelain vase of modified double gourd shape with delicate Kakiemon palette enamel decoration of a flowering branch with leaves and blossoms. Great potting, fantastic quality painting with red, blue, green, yellow and black enamels, in excellent condition. Signed on the bottom TETSUZAN (alternative reading is Akiyama) in red enamel. Height 7 3/8 inches.