Late Meiji / early Taisho miniature Japanese porcelain vase depicting a family of 3 cranes in different attitudes. Perfect potting, elegant shape, beautiful underglaze powder green ground, eyes and beaks of of the birds are done in underglaze blue, superb even glaze. Signed in underglaze blue SENPO SENO SEI (Made in Senpoís pottery) on the bottom. Height 3 3/8 inches.
Late 18th to early 19th century netsuke of a seated porter holding a large rice straw bale on his shoulder. Great scowling face, excellent depiction of his muscular limbs, beautiful wear and patina. Netsuke is of characteristic early triangular section. Height 2 1/8 inches.
19th century netsuke in a form of a natural bamboo root. Beautiful object, superb texture to the surface, very pleasant to handle. Himotoshi (cord opening) goes through the side down to the bottom of the netsuke. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) seated inside his own bag which is tied in a large knot behind his head. Unusual subject - this particular Hotei is not his jolly self, but rather has a pensive expression on his face. Carved out of fruitwood with beautiful play of brown and black (probably the material is kurogaki - black persimmon). Wonderful face, beautiful detailing of the knot. Great patina, old loss ...click for details
Good size 18th century ivory netsuke of a sennin (Chinese sage) wearing a tattered robe and a leaf skirt, with a gourd bottle at his waist. He is holding a branch with a fruit containing a figure of a seated scholar reading a scroll. Rare subject, very strong early piece with superbly carved face and beautiful flow of the robe. Netsuke of characteristic 18th century triangular section, deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Warm patina turning yellow on the back where netsuke w ...click for details
Very unusual late Meiji / early Taisho Japanese tooled leather box lacquered black on the inside and impressed on the top with gold and silver lacquer figures of cranes in flight over the ocean. Elegant Art Deco design, beautifully and sturdily made, very pleasant to touch, wonderful feel of age, in excellent condition. Size: 9 x 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1880s to 1911) Chinese seal carved out of solid piece of mother of pearl, the finial in the shape of peach branches with leaves and fruits. Wonderful quality carving on beautiful material providing wonderful play of colors. The bottom is carved with two raised characters that can be translated as PEACH RETREAT, red seal paste in the grooves. Superb patina on the surface, great scholarís object. Height 2 5/8 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1880s to 1911) Chinese soapstone seal carved on top with a resting rooster, its head turned to the left. Wonderful quality carving on variegated soapstone with colors ranging from tan to yellow to red. The bottom is carved with four raised characters that can be translated as HALL OF BRIGHT RISING SUN, red seal paste in the grooves. Great scholarís object with understated beauty. Height 1 inch, base 1 3/8 inches long.
19th century Chinese metal stand for a tripod or some other item in a form of overlapping petals. The material of the stand is paktong - an alloy made of copper, nickel and zinc extensively used in China for export objects in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nicely made, very pleasant patina. Widest diameter 3 1/16 inches, height 7/8 inches.