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.
Unusual 1910s Japanese porcelain cup in classic shape decorated with 3 cranes in flight among stylized clouds in gold on tomato red ground, and underglaze blue keyfret design around the foot. Excellent potting, superb quality painting. Signed in underglaze blue on the bottom DAI NIHON EIRAKU ZO for one of the later generations of potters from the eiraku line. Very pleasant and beautifully made piece, quite rare, in perfect condition. Diameter 2 11/16 inches, height 1 3/4 inches.
19th century small underglaze blue and white Japanese Arita porcelain sweetmeat dish used during tea ceremony in lozenge shape with decoration of 2 boys among bushes on the inside, and scrolling vines on the outside. Great intentionally careless potting with indented corners, wonderful thick glaze with minute bubbles, beautiful dark spots in the paste consistent with age. Very good quality freehand painting, overall in excellent condition. Length 4 1/8 inches. The piece comes from a small East C ...click for details
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting lobsters on a bed of sea weeds. One menuki has Daikoku mallet on top (stands for wealth), and the other a character meaning long life. Excellent work with great detailing - see various textures of the shells. Bronze with coppery patina, gilded water drops on the sea weeds, overall in great condition. Length 1 9/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fitting - depicting two covered boats with oars. Superb design in Japanese taste, excellent detailing, silvering and gilding, in great condition. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting richly decorated quivers full of arrows. Very clever design, great detailing (see silver highlights on the feathers of arrows and scrolling designs on the quiver itself), in excellent condition. Length 1 3/8 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting cranes in different attitudes in flight above waves. Elegant design, bronze with brown patina, gilding, overall in very good condition, some rubbing as to be expected on old pieces. Length 1 3/4 inches.