19th century round Japanese kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) made in cloisonne technique. Simple elegant shape with decoration of an iris growing by a stream, and cherry blossoms and petal on a dark blue background with scrolling wires. Rim is silvered on the inside, nice finish with original pitting, green enamel on the inside with original firing bubbles. Great humble piece in Japanese taste. Diameter 2 1/2 inches.
Rather unusual 1900-1910s (late Meiji - early Taisho) pair of Japanese cloisonne salt and pepper shakers with design of a dragon in pursuit of flaming Precious Jewel among swirling clouds. Wonderful quality work, pleasant patina. One of the covers has dents and scratches. Bottoms are decorated with blooming peonies, covers can be unscrewed to pour salt or pepper in. Height 2 1/4 inches.
Unusual late Meiji - early Taisho ceramic netsuke in a shape of a cloth toy of Daruma - the founder of Zen Buddhism. Wonderfully designed, good quality modeling, great depiction on the soft body of the doll with creases, and sagging to one side. Stamped with potter’s seal on the bottom, some wear to paint and chipping to his eyebrows. Height 1 1/4 inches.
Very unusual late Meiji (1900s) Japanese ceramic sake set consisting of 5 cups and tokkuri - a sake bottle. The bottle is of classic shape with silver lining to the mouth and decoration of a phoenix in flight among scrolling clouds above stylized rocks and under abbreviated clouds. Cups have silver lined inside surface, and follow the same decoration scheme. The decoration technique is called fa-hua, and was developed by Chinese at the end of the 15th century, with lines of raised slip keeping c ...click for details
19th century/Meiji period Japanese Satsuma ceramic tokkuri - sake bottle - with enamel decoration of an actor dressed as an armed samurai wearing an angry mask, and a kneeling man on the other side of the bottle. Excellent quality detailed painting, great face. Typical Satsuma earthenware body, beautiful finely crackled glaze, signed BIZAN on the bottom. There is also a 2-character inscription on the side by the bottom - most probably it is the name of the play in which painted figures are actin ...click for details
19th century/Meiji period Japanese Satsuma ceramic tokkuri - sake bottle - with enamel decoration of a sitting actor with a hat in front of him, and another standing actor who, from the look of his wig, is playing a part of a shojo. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Superb quality detailed painting, fantastic depiction of richly decorated robes. Typical Satsuma earthenware body, beautiful finely crackled glaze, tiny golden lacquer repair to the ...click for details
1910s (early Showa) Japanese ceramic tokkuri - sake bottle -with enamel decoration of a double gourd with leaves and tendrils. Dried double gourds were used for storing sake while traveling (the waist of the gourd providing for easy hanging off the belt), so the decoration motif seems quite fitting the function of the bottle. Kyoto ware with tan body and fine beautifully crackled glaze. Excellent quality painting with golden veins on the leaves. The gourd is actually silvered (tarnished, and doe ...click for details
Late 19th century Japanese choshi - covered sake kettle with beaten copper body gilded on the inside and silvered on the outside. Choshi are traditionally used for ceremonial purposes such as weddings at temples and shrines. Wonderful object combining functionality and elegant and clever design. Beaten copper is actually very difficult technique with extremely high skills required from a craftsman. Classic shape with textured surface, swinging handle and 4 short feet, some wear to silvering on t ...click for details
19th century/Meiji period Japanese porcelain sake cup with underglaze blue decoration of four ancient Chinese bronze incense burners/braziers. Kyoto work by Takahashi Dohachi Studio with delicate potting and beautiful bubbly glaze. Underglaze blue Dohachi mark on the bottom. Wonderful quality freehand painting, in perfect condition. Height 1 5/8 inches, diameter 2 3/16 inches.
19th century/Meiji period Japanese porcelain sake cup with silver lining on the inside and decoration of flowering lotus flowers among scrolling vines above stylized clouds. The cup is decorated in fa-hua technique developed by Chinese at the end of the 15th century, with lines of raised slip keeping colored glazes from running together, very much like cloisonne technique. Color scheme also follows closely the fa-hua palette with yellow, blue, aubergine and turquoise enamels. Stamped on the bott ...click for details