1930s Japanese bronze tea ceremony hibashi (chopsticks for handling charcoal in hibachi brazier) in original signed box. Finely made of bronze with high copper contents, elegant and practical shape with thinner and thicker areas for convenience of holding, embossed areas at the working end for better handling of charcoals. Superb patina, beautiful wear, pleasantly heavy. Each chopstick is marked HYAKUO MUNEYUKI SAKU (made by Hyakuo Munechika), and I believe the maker to be a member of Myochin fa ...click for details
Taisho period (1920s) Japanese hammered copper chakin tarai - bowl used in tea ceremony for soaking tea cloth & whisk. Beautifully hammered body with petal-shaped rim and silvered inside. Obvious signs of usage on the inside, very nice delicate malachite colored areas on the outside. Signed in the center of the bottom MASAYOSHIDO TSUKURU (Made by Masayoshido) with surrounding inscription which can be translated as “Great Bear Bank Corporation” - the bowl must have been a company gift. Produc ...click for details
Unusual Japanese bamboo chashaku (tea scoop used for powdered tea during tea ceremony). This wide chashaku is used for transfer of powdered tea from the natsume to the tea bowl, and I believe this form of chashaku is called Su-Goshi. Comes in paulownia box and with wrapping cloth, must be about 50 years old. Excellent elegant object in perfect condition, beautiful patina from use. Chashaku width 11/16 inches, length 7 1/2 inches, box length 8 5/8 inches.
Unusual Japanese bronze / brass haisaji - spoon for ashes from hibachi used during tea ceremony. Good design, hammered spoon part, braided wire nicely imitating cord. Comes in paulownia box with wrapping cloth, must be about 40 years old. Wonderful object in great condition, beautiful patina from use. Spoon length 8 1/2 inches, box length 9 1/4 inches.
Early 1920s Japanese scroll painted with ink and color on paper. The scroll depicts a temple gate (torii) and pines covered with fresh fluffy snow. Superb quality realistic painting perfectly capturing the mood of the scene. Wonderful composition in Japanese taste, the painting is in great shape, beautiful brocade mounts with cloud design, lacquered wood scroll ends. Signed IMURA HOGAI (born in 1882- died in ?) in ink, and marked with red paste seal (see detail). Scroll size 77 by 11.5 inches, p ...click for details
1930s Japanese scroll painted with colors on paper. The scroll depicts a duck resting on the grass by a stream under a crescent moon. Did not photograph well. Wonderful quality realistic painting - see the differentiated feathers of the bird, and freely painted blades of grass. Excellent composition in Japanese taste, in great condition (some foxing to the paper mounts, not on the painting itself), lacquered wood scroll ends. Signed in ink KANSO, and marked with red paste seal (see detail). Scro ...click for details
1930s Japanese scroll painted with ink and colors on silk. The scroll depicts a Sambaso dancer with characteristic hat and fan, and a Saizo dancer playing tsuzumi (a hand drum), all under a rope with ribbons tied to it. Excellent painting capturing the festive mood, wonderful brushwork. Great composition in Japanese taste, the painting is in excellent shape (old tear on the top of the mounts fixed with archival adhesive tape, not noticeable from the front of the painting), rich silk brocade moun ...click for details
Japanese hanging scroll depicting 3 Chinese scholars having wine and probably a good conversation at the table by the rock, with an attendant taking care of wine heating and pouring. There are fruit, books and some other items on a smaller picnic table. Ink and colors on paper, excellent quality painting in Japanese scholar’s style, great brushwork. Signed KOKEISAI in black ink and sealed SEIJI in red paste (see detail). Lengthy inscription in Japanese on the outside of the mounts dates the pa ...click for details
Japanese hanging scroll of a low hills and a fishing village in the background, and shallow sea with a man pushing his boat with a pole. Ink and colors on paper, excellent impressionist rendition of a classic theme, superb free brushwork. Signed and sealed SHOSEN in lower right corner. Paper mounts, wooden scroll ends, overall in great condition. Scroll size 51x22.5 inches, painting size 13x18 inches.
1930s Japanese formal short silk kimono (haori) with designs showing numerous fans with designs of pine, bamboo and various seals. Excellent quality wax resist work with minute details. The decorated side bearing those designs is actually the lining of the kimono, while the outside is brown silk (see Enlargement 4). This arrangement is the remnant of the Edo period, when the laws against luxury did not allow wealthy merchants to wear sumptuous silks, so they were used on the lining of the garmen ...click for details