An elegant bamboo ikebana basket with multi-reed handle and squared base. The body, formed as a lily, is divided into segments of open-work hexagonal plaiting and overlapping vertical stitch work. This classic karamono-style basket is in excellent condition with no problems and no restoration. Signature plaque of the master Chikuunsai I on its base. Tomobako inscribed “Karamono Utsushi in the style of a lily.” Height: 19.5” Early Taisho Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1354155 (stock #Fc-1449)
A trapezoidal iron tsuba, its imagery based upon the legend, “The Hare and the Moon”. (On the front plate, chiseled in low relief in gilt and copper, the hare greets the hungry old man, Sakyamuni, sack over his shoulder. When the hare prepares to jump into the fire to provide food for him, Sakyamuni prevents the action, instead sending him to the moon to be honored for eternity.) Signature with kao: Ikkeido Jyoi. This rare tsuba is in excellent condition. Edo Period, Japan
An modified baluster-formed cloisonne vase with silver mounts, a stylized band of karakusa and phoenix about the body. Ando silver-wired seal on base, “Jungin” (pure silver) mark on rim. This elegant and timeless vase is in excellent condition with no restoration and no problems. Height: 6.25”, width: 6” Late Meiji Period, Japan
A shakudo, silver and gilt clasp formed as a bamboo and flower wreath, with plum blossoms and sakura petals interwoven around one leafy plum blossom. In excellent condition. Length: 2.5”. Meiji Period, Japan
A fine shibuichi and multi-metal tsuba of oval form with takazogan imagery in gold, shakudo and silver. Under a wisteria tree, the immortal Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzse, reads a scroll atop an ox, a sinuous river scrolling nearby. The image of the river, continuing on the reverse exhibits an asymmetrical view of a wisteria tree, its strongly chiseled boughs wrapped in mist. This elegant multi-metal tsuba is in excellent condition. Length: 2.75”, width: 2.5”. 19th Century, Japan.
A stained boxwood netsuke sculpted as a baby tengu hatching from its egg. The mythical, hybrid creature manages to perch atop the egg, but in a comical twist, one leg remains captured within. The carver’s bold, deep carving is a triumph of mastery – especially on the wings and animal’s eyes. The himotoshi are appropriately placed so that the tengu faces the collector...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Sterling : Pre 1920 item #1353868 (stock #FC-382)
A pair of silver bottle-shaped vases with foliated rims and partly-hammered bodies. On each vase, a moriage three-clawed dragon writhes across the surface as flames emanate from its body. The dragon’s fierce expression is a manifestation both of wisdom and power—two attributes associated with the emperor. These vases are in excellent condition with engraved “Jungin” mark on the bases...
A massive porcelain censer in traditional Imari palette with three demon feet, upturned handles and a cobalt shishi finial. Bands of scrollwork and textile patterning surround circular cartouches of mythical creatures. This impressive Imari porcelain piece is in excellent condition. Height: 21”, diameter: 18” 19th Century, Japan
An Imari porcelain shallow platter formed as a fish with washes of deep cobalt enamel covering the head, tail and fins. The main visual of lush peony and kiku blossoming alongside a sakura tree is enhanced by the choice of graduated shades of cobalt, iron red with gilt and green enamel detailing. An exotic, long-tailed bird rests among the boughs of the cherry blossom tree. On the reverse, brocades of clamshells and reeds are scattered in under-the-glaze blue enamel...
A robust bamboo ikebana basket of wagumi style woven with wide, ribbon-like bamboo slats. Along its oval body strings of reed and roped bamboo weave in and out, while twisted whole sections of bamboo form a strong and well- positioned handle. This indigenous form of basketry- making in Japan, called wagumi-style, was inspired by the daily baskets made by fishermen and farmers, seduced by their organic and uninhibited forms...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Organics : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1353444 (stock #FC-1634)
A rare gold-lacquered suzuribako with a gold-sprinkled cover, its focus a bejeweled elephant with an extraordinary gem-like inro raised in high relief upon its back. Within, a vision of Okame reading a book is rendered in rich gold and colored lacquers on a dense nashiji ground. This remarkable box contains a lobed shibuichi suiteki inside and includes a wood storage box and wraps. Excellent condition. Height: 1.75”, width: 7.5”, length: 11.5” Meiji Period, Japan
An amusing wood netsuke defining the legend of the wrestling octopus and monkey, both creatures’ eyes inlaid with jet. The monkey tugs at the octopus’s head while the latter wraps its strong tentacles around the body of his foe, the carving of each minutely detailed. Signed Miwa on the base...
A naturalistically rendered bronze okimono of a wild boar bounding forward, his limbs, whip-like tail, fur, features and tusks rendered with meticulous attention. (This wild beast illustrates the honored position animal life holds in Japanese art.) This okimono is in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Length: 15" Meiji Period, Japan
A major pottery vase of tapered form completely decorated with delicate karakusa (Chinese leafy scrollwork) in a dark blue slip. Plum flowers in gilt and red glaze add a surprising and sumptuous finishing touch to the vase. Signed by the renowned Kyoto-based artist ITO TOZAN on the base with seal of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Court Artist). The vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Height: 12" Meiji Period, Japan
A powerful bronze and parcel gilt model of a samurai archer, his robes and headgear elaborately gilt with phoenix ‘mid clouds, pawlonia and foliage. This archer, with its exquisite gilding and masterful execution is unlike the ubiquitous archers of other makers so prevalent during this period. Rather, it is a one-of-a-kind Miya-o sculpture, his gold plaque on the reverse...
A lovely convex-formed Rimpa-style lacquered wood box with rounded corners. On the lid, a quiet scene of a hut under a plum tree is inlaid and overlaid with pewter, gold maki-e and aogai. This charming work of art is executed in the bold and sinuous style characteristic of the work of the great master, Korin. The box is in very good condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Signed Setsugyoku on the lid. Length: 5", width: 5" Meiji Period, Japan
A tall, elegant silver coffee pot with hinged lid, the finial sculpted with bamboo leaves and culm. The bamboo motif continues along the stippled body with stalks of bamboo modeled in low relief, dramatic leaves sprouting from its stem. This exquisite silver coffee pot is in excellent condition with no dents, damage or restoration. Both sterling and Jungin marks engraved on base. Height: 10.25” Taisho Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Organics : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1353161 (stock #03-278a)
A covered, round wood zushi executed with multi -colored lacquers on a rich red-lacquered ground, its lid with lotus petals in silver and gold hiramaki-e. The interior reveals Amida Buddha seated on a lotus throne carved in high relief with colored lacquers, the inside cover with lotus flowers and leaves swirling beside a meandering stream. This unusual traveling shrine is in very good condition and includes its original floral- printed silk pouch. Diameter: 2.5" 19th Century (Edo Period), Japan