Pair of unusual 1930s Japanese sterling silver salt and pepper shakers in a shape of Amida Buddha sitting with his hands in jo-in mudra - hand gesture signifying concentration. Excellent quality work, great faces and textile lines. Sliding door on the bottom marked STERLING 950, scratches to the bottom of one piece as can be seen on photos (can be polished off, I guess). Excellent design, very well made, wonderful table objects. Height 1 3/4 inches.
20th century Japanese hanging scroll painted with ink and colors on paper depicting juzu - Japanese Buddhist prayer beads - accompanied by a very lengthy poem. Wonderful Zen Buddhist subject, superb free brushwork. Signed with one vertical line of characters, and sealed with 2 red artistís seals. Nice textile mounts, lacquered wood scroll ends, in great condition. Excellent piece for a practicing Buddhist or for use in tea ceremony. Scroll size 79x17.5 inches, painting size 52x13 inches.
1930s Japanese silver open salt in a shape of an incense burner in ancient shape with handles and 3 feet, glass insert and a salt spoon with bamboo design handle. Samurai crests in roundels on 2 sides, each comprised of three water lily leaves. Excellent crisp work, marked STERLING 950 on the bottom. Diameter 1 7/8 inches.
1930s Japanese silver open salt in hibachi (portable charcoal-burning brazier) shape with 4 feet, glass insert and spoon with handle shaped like a Japanese tobacco pipe. Longer sides are decorated with 2 characters and samurai family crests, each comprised of three water lily leaves. Excellent crisp work, in great condition, marked STERLING ASAHI 950 on the bottom. Length 1 7/8 inches, height 1 1/4 inches.
Pair of 1930s Japanese sterling silver salt and pepper shakers in a shape of paper lanterns. Clever design, very nicely made in great shape - no dents, marked STERLING on the bottom. The top section unscrews to allow for salt/pepper to be put in. Height 1 5/16 inches.
1930s Japanese scroll depicting four Zodiac animals - horse, boar, mouse and snake - around a tree. Must have been part of a set of paintings depicting grouping of Zodiac animals. Ink and colors on silk, excellent detailing, beautiful brushwork - see the depiction of hair, scales, grass and leaves. Signed CHIKUREI SENSHI followed by 2 artistís seals, one more seal in the lower right corner. Seems to have be remounted recently in excellent brocade silk mounts, bone scroll ends (loss to the centra ...click for details
1930s Japanese hanging scroll of a Chinese scholar enjoying wine in the shade of a banana plant. Ink and slight color on paper, great content face with a slight smile, superb quality brushwork - see the ink washes used for banana leaves. Signed DAI SOUISHI SOKO FUDE followed by a seal in red paste. The characters for Soko can also be read as Zengzhi - I believe the painting actually depicts Shen Zengzhi (1851-1922), great Confucian scholar-poet of late Qing Dynasty. Paper mounts, wooden scroll e ...click for details