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
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 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 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 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
A small, elegant silver sake cup. Its deeply- etched design simulates bamboo, reminiscent of those used in Japanese ikebana baskets. The silver interior of this small gem is smooth and mirror-like. "Jungin" (pure silver) cartouche can be found on the base.( Japanese pure silver is 950 in silver content, higher than that in British sterling.) This silver cup is in excellent condition with neither damage nor restoration. Height: 2.25", diameter: 3.75" Meiji Period, Japan
A charming bronze and parcel gilt okimono of a dancing boy in festival garb joyfully waving a banner over his head. His heavy gold necklaces, kabuto and robes, richly adorned with gilt family crests in high relief, convey the sculptor’s fascination with holiday spirit and pageantry. This delightful sculpture is attributed to the renowned metallurgist Miyao Eisuke. Excellent condition with neither damage nor repairs. Height: 9.5” Meiji Period, Japan
Made of silver and decorated in great detail with bronze, gilt, shakudo and copper, this small card case is a work of art. Two fully decorated panels depict scenes of Japanese daily life. Its front panel, framed by a lush border of lilies and vines in high relief, reveals two bijin dressed in full kimono of intricate incised and inlaid patterns delighted by the antics of a child...
An exquisite Soten School set of iron and gilt kozuka and kogai (sword fittings). The matching set features images in high relief of villagers engaged in daily pursuits. Abundant chrysanthemums, huts and bridges serve as magnificent backdrops. This set is in very good condition with minor natural wear due to age and use. Lengths: 8.5”, 7” . Edo Period, Japan
A pair of bronze, copper-patinated hibachi (braziers) of modified globular form. With extensive incised detailing of stylized peony scroll work on the bodies, the pieces have dramatic handles formed as bats, their opened wings executed in shakudo. (Bats form part of the cultural and aesthetic repertoire of East Asia and are associated with good fortune and happiness.) These fine pieces are signed Issa saku on the bases and include individual tomobako. Very good condition with minimal wear...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Asia Trade : Pre 1920 item #1350604 (stock #FC-1127)
A small, yet graceful pure silver tea bowl carved asymmetrically with flowers and foliage in extra-high relief on a partly stippled ground. Its foliated edge leads to a double-walled interior. Signed with pure silver (Jungin) mark and Watanabe signature on base. This fine pure silver bowl is in very good condition with only minor surface wear along the base. Height: 2.5”, diameter: 4.25” Meiji Period, Japan
A shibuichi, eight-lobed tsuba with beautifully executed gilt kiri mons strategically placed, front and back. (The kiri mon, or paulownia crest, one of the most honored Japanese crests, also relates to the legend of the mythical phoenix that perches only on the branches of the paulownia tree.) This tsuba is in very good condition, with 2 kogai bitsu (opening for the kogai and kozuka). Length: 3" Late Edo Period, Japan
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Asia Trade : Pre 1920 item #1350344 (stock #FC-1128)
A small, silver bowl of double-walled construction on a pedestal base sculpted with an undulating dragon. Highly detailed in relief, the dragon’s scaly body surrounds the bowl on a partly hammered and foliated ground. Impressed on the base is the Jungin (“Pure Silver”) mark, which confirms its “950” silver content. The silver bowl is in very good condition. Height: 3”, width: 5” Meiji Period, Japan
An exquisite patinated bronze kogo of circular form worked in high relief with gold, copper and silver, the interiors of polished silver. Upon the lid a small shibuichi and gilt bird with upturned head perches on the leafy bough of a plum tree, lush peonies nearby. Flower petals in gilt and bronze are sprinkled along the sides finely sculpted with incised details. This fine bronze and multi-metal box is in excellent condition. Diameter: 5”, height: 2.75” Meiji Period, Japan
A Japanese- silver salt shaker formed as a traditional torii mounted on a round base. Designed as a temple gate commonly found at the entrance to a Shinto or Buddhist temple, this remarkably realistic miniature replica even features a welcoming plaque with sutra. On its base, sliding doors reveal the salt dispenser...
An iron, multi-metal and enamel conjoined box with cover, its form unique and enhanced by gilt nunome zogan lappets on the sides. On its cover, a high relief silver and enamel visual of an ikebana arrangement on one side, and on the other an archer on horseback near pine and lake. This exquisite multi-metal box is in excellent condition with no loss, damage or restoration. Length: 6.75” Meiji Period, Japan
A silver model of a seated Daikoku with his treasure sack. Known as the god of prosperity and one of the seven Lucky Household Gods, he holds his mallet while his beloved rat attribute perches next to his famous sack. (The rat in Japanese culture is associated with prosperity and usually depicted with barrels of rice, indicators of wealth.) This okimono is in excellent condition with no dents or restoration, with wood stand. Width: 5.5" Meiji Period, Japan
A whimsical Japanese silver salt shaker formed as the lucky god Fukurokuju with his characteristic extended forehead (a symbol of his intelligence). Fine detail work on the god’s robes and expression make this both a unique and functional artwork. Nether side is inscribed “Arthur & Bond, Yokohama, Sterling”...