Large 19th century Japanese agate ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro). Does not photograph well. Beautiful stone of pinkish hue with natural fissure lines, very good work, pleasant patina. Height 7/8 inches.
19th century marble ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) of simple ball shape. Does not photograph well. Somewhat unusual material, very nice mellow patina on the surface. Diameter 5/8 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
Late 19th to early 20th century Japanese scroll depicting Kanzan and Jittoku with full moon behind them. According to a Chinese legend, Kanzan and Jittoku were Tang era monks who lived in a kitchen of a Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened. Ink and colors on silk, excellent faces, beautiful brushwork - see ink washes depicting their hair. Tiny bit of foxing, otherwise in great condition. Seems to be remounted recently in broc ...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