Sotheby’s 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.
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.
Rather unusual and amuzing good size Japanese Arita porcelain plate with enamel decoration of two rats wearing kimonos and pulling a strand of seaweed with Japanese coins out of the shallow stream, with a rake and reeds nearby. Very nice potting (2 openings in the rim on the back for hanging), excellent quality delightful painting - see see freedom in the depiction of curling waves, in perfect condition. Signed ARITA HIDETAKE in red enamel on the back. Diameter 9 5/8 inches.
Studio Japanese porcelain vase with bulbous body, wide shoulders and delicate Kakiemon palette enamel decoration of flowering chrysanthemums issuing from rocks. Great potting, underglaze blue painting of the rocks, fantastic quality painting with red, lilac, blue, yellow and 2 shades of green enamels, in excellent condition. Signed on the bottom KISEN in underglaze blue. Height 8 1/2 inches, diameter at the widest 7 1/4 inches.
Fukagawa Japanese porcelain vase of square section with indented corners, and underglaze blue and enamel decoration of a flowering prunus tree with chrysanthemum flowers at its roots. Excellent quality painting, skilled use of gold, green, tomato red, yellow and white enamels. Marked in blue enamel on the bottom with a mountain and inscribed FUKAGAWA TSUKURU (made in Fukagawa). Height 7 1/8 inches.
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