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”...
A brilliant silver, shakudo and gilt rectangular box on four free-form feet. On its shakudo lid two geese stand among gilt bamboo while a third preens itself closeby. Worked in silver and gilt on a rich shakudo ground, the scene is executed in takazogan (high relief) with fine incised details. This superbly made silver box exhibits the artist's signature on the cover, which reads: "Toshihisa." The box is in excellent condition with no dents or loss. Length: 5.5" Meiji Period, Japan
An exquisite square-shaped shallow bronze name-card plate with canted corners and gold, shakudo and gilt detailing. Sprays of reeds and a lone silver turtle among stylized waves decorate the rich silver center and stippled border. Length: 8”, width: 8” This rare piece is in excellent condition. Meiji Period, Japan
A silver and gold ojime bead with fanciful designs of reticulated chrysanthemums and foliage. Delicate incised work characterizes this elegant ojime bead, perfectly wrought and in excellent condition. Meiji Period, Japan
A rare, long-barreled matchlock gun (tanegashima), its iron barrel inlaid with writhing dragons among stylized clouds in silver and gold. Its striated wood stock is adorned with gold-lacquer Tokugawa mons and an impressive dragon enveloped in gold maki-e clouds. Rendered in gold hiramaki-e and red lacquer, this elegant mythical creature is characteristic of images of three-toed Japanese dragons ubiquitous in Japanese art and lore...
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Metals : Silver : Asia Trade : Pre 1910 item #1347889 (stock #FC-1015)
A large rectangular Japanese silver serving tray, its center finely stippled with boldly sculptured silver dragons writhing in and out of frothy waters. The bodies, rising above the surface, dramatically form the handles, each scale carefully delineated, the heads enhanced by textured horns. The “Arthur & Bond Yokohama, Sterling” signature is on the reverse. Tray is in very good condition with hardly discernible soldering and a few minute dents on reverse side, commensurate with age and use...
A boldly carved soft metal tsuba of square form with rounded corners rendered with a misty nocturnal image on a matte shibuichi ground. On its surface an old gnarled pine tree grows by the banks of a stream, its textured woody surface with gilt lichen. In the background, a large gilt full moon is enveloped by clouds. (Pine trees, ubiquitous in Japanese art, denote longevity and often are paired with cranes. Incised signature of Ohmori Hidesada on a gilt plaque...
A slim, tapered bronze vase with silver mounts and beautifully chiseled waterfalls cascading down rugged mountainsides. Rocky cragwork at the base of the vase add drama to its poetic vision. Motoki gold signature plaque on base. This elegant bronze vase is in very good condition, an excellent example of Meiji metalwork. Height: 12”, width: 4” Meiji Period, Japan
A Japanese silver salt dish perfectly formed as a bucket with long, vertical handles and crossbar. On its smooth, mirror-like surface, a writhing dragon with deeply etched scales extends across the bucket. Inscribed on the base is the name of the renowned silver company, Arthur & Bond, Yokohama, Sterling. This silver piece is desirable as an artwork and is functional as well. Excellent condition with neither damage nor restoration. Height: 2” Meiji Period, Japan
A charming silver incense burner of archaic design with handles and dome-like lid. Reminiscent of Chinese ritual- bronze vessels in form, its cockerel finial anticipates the scene depicted further on the censer's lightly- hammered body. There, cockerel, hens and chicks forage delicately for food, the familial imagery heightened through the use of silver and gold executed in high relief. This lovely visual expresses the closeness to nature so often exhibited in Japanese art...
A graceful shibuichi tripod censer of lobed form, shakudo inserts defining each lobe of the body. Its silver lid, designed with reticulated, lacy lilies. Kujuzu signature can be found on the base. Includes wooden storage box. This subtle yet elegant incense burner is in excellent condition. Height: 2.75”, width: 4.5” Meiji Period, Japan