All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1236926 (stock #pd671)
Lovely pair of quail frolicing among flowers and chrysanthemums on silver leaf paper backing. A small screen from the Edo Period, C.1860, would have been used for a Girls Day doll festival. Painted in the Rimpa syle, its size perfect for over a couch. Length:110cm and height:40cm. Very good condition with silver leaf faded here and there and one small peeling of silk border. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1236925 (stock #pd673)
Dated bronze temple gong Meiji 38 (C.1906). The gong has a poem by the first prime minister of Japan after the Meiji Restoration, Ito Hirobumi and the caligraphy by the great Japanese caligrapher, Sugi Magoshichiro. Cast in bronze, it has a wooden mallet and o deep penetrating sound. Not sure if it was for a temple or tea house as the size is 15cm in diameter and a height of 27cm. Perfect condition. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #1236513 (stock #pd668)
Exquisite bronze Early Showa Period C.1930 Kannon Bodhisattva diety holding the sacred buddhist flaming jewel or wishing gem. On a magnificent lotus stand, the bronze work is in masterful detail and fine relief. The goddess of compassion and mercy, her facial expresion is sublime and exudes kindness. Signed on the base of the stand in the back. H:36cm x W:10cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1930 item #1236512 (stock #pd666)
Superb set of bronze buddhist temple altar vases used to hold the gold gilt wooden lotus flowers on a huge buddhist temple table. Dated on the bottom Taisho 12 (C.1924). Also inscription of temple name, donor and bronze craftsman. Thick bronze with wonderful buddhist mythical elephant handles. Excellent condition. Ask for shipping quote. H:30cm x diameter:24cm.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1236511 (stock #pd669)
Important gold gilt and black lacquered Meiji Period C.1890 buddhist temple lotus stand for diety or incense censor. Exceptional wood carving of lotus flowers and petals on the face and lotus petals in gold gilt on the rim. Slight lacquer wear here and there, but excellent condition. W:37cm x H:19cm x D:17cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1236509 (stock #pd662)
Very rare and unusual original woodblock from a scroll of a pantheon of bodhisattvas representing all the sentient beings who have become enlightened but come back to help other sentient beings become realized. Originally a scroll that has now been framed. Meiji Period, C.1900. Excellent detail and color. Condition of woodblock is excellent. Buyer might want to re frame it. Otherwise we can repaper the back of this one. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1233902 (stock #pd663)
Nagasaki Sansai is a unique pottery style and firing technique that was popular in Japan in Nagasaki in the early 1900`s. The industry was wiped out in the war and revived afterwards by Eguchi Hiroshi. He was born C.1922 and died C.1988. He rebuilt the Nagasaki Kiln and brought Nagasaki Sansai back to prosperity. The Showa Emperor bought a piece in Showa 40 (1966). Nagasaki Sansai uses three colors and each piece is fired 3 x. As they get older the colors soften and natural tiny firing cracks emerge. This pair of fish are exceptional and representative pieces of Nagasaki Sansai. They come in a signed paulownia wood original box. Large fish: H:18cm x W:20cm; small fish: H:11cm x W:13cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1980 item #1233899 (stock #pd664)
Lovely contemporary Neriage ceramic flower vase by one the top ceramic artists in Japan, C.1980. Tetsuo was born in Seto City, in Nagoaya in 1956. He has been exhibited at the Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten and at the Asahi Togei Ten among others. The vase comes in signed paulownia wood box. Perfect condition. H:24" x W:12cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1233806 (stock #pd659)
Gorgeous buddhist temple lamp red lacquered with copper metal fittings and electric light. Showa period C.1935. The lamp shade is a an orb with curved ribs, a quite difficult construction feat. The light works. We have had the lamp shade repapered by a famous light shop in Kyoto with a stonger rice paper. H:94cm x Diameter 26cm. Excellent condition. Pair available. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1233804 (stock #pd660)
Museum quality bronze buddhist offering set for a buddhist altar. A flower vase, candlestand, and incense censer all with inlayed cranes and turtles, auspicious symbols of happiness, longevity and celebration. Original paulownia wood box dated Meiji 16 (1884, June) with the inscription of a hexogon cast 'Rokkaku Rougata Bori' and colored with straw smoke after firing to achieve the brown finish 'Sentoku Sangusoku'. Signed by the maker, Munesada Nakao. Vase: H:18cm x W:14cm; candlestand:H:20cm x W:8cm; censer:H13cm x W:11cm. Great condition. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1920 item #1233731 (stock #pd661)
Superb representative bamboo flower basket of Shinshinsai of his award winning style and technique. He is exhibited on page 92 plate 36b in `Containing Beauty:Japanese Bamboo Flower Baskets. His signature is shown but the reading is wrong. They have Shinsai. It is Shinshinsai. He was a Taisho Period C.1920 bamboo basket maker in the Kansai area. This basket exhibits all his skill in a masterpiece basket. The handle has a rattan wrap with insect stiches interwoven. The torso has vertical inserts flowing to a hexogonal weave and then ends with a mat plaiting. Butterfly knots and more `mushi-kagari in\sect stiches on the base of the handle. The rim is a wonderful tight atebuchi rim. 20" tall x 9" diameter. Bamboo insert for flowers. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1910 item #1233318 (stock #pd656)
In Japanese mythology and folklore, Tenjin is the Shinto kami of scholarship, the deification of a scholar, poet, and politician named Sugawara no Michizane. Ten means sky and jin means god or deity. The original meaning of Tenjin, sky deity, is almost the same as that of Raijin (a god of thunder). Cows are a popular motif at Tenjin shrines, as they are believed to be his servants. In particular, statues of a nade-ushi, “stroking cow”, are meant to cure ills if you touch them. This wonderful bronze cow is huge and was in its own shrine inside a Shinto Shrine dedicated to Tenjin (like the Kitano Shrine in Kyoto). The bronze work is outstanding with great detail on the rope and ripples on his back and face. Sits on a purple silk cushion. Length:36" x Depth:15" x Height:11". Great condition. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1233317 (stock #pd658)
Shigaraki Sembei tsubo (sembei jar) which became popular in late 16th century for serving sembei rice crackers at a tea ceremony. They are shaped like a Katatsuki tea caddie with squared shoulders and a barrel-shaped torso cantilevered over distinctive tapered foot. This lovely c.1880 jar has trails of applied iron-ash glaze and kanji inscribed which we can`t read yet. Jars of this sort are in collections at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Later Sembei Jars were sent to Uji, the tea leaf growing area in S. Kyoto to be filled with tea and uncapped at special ceremonies in winter. H: 13" x W:6 1/2". Excellent condition. Ask for shiping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1233071 (stock #pd657)
Absolutely rare, almost art deco Meiji Period C. 1890 kanban shop sign advertising eye drop medicine (seimyosui) for the Maru Gyoku company being sold at the Alb Drug Store in Kobe, Japan. All kinds of kanji stating the name of the sign maker etc. Carved on both sides. We can translate all upon request. H:140cm x W:46cm. Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1950 item #1232468 (stock #pd655)
Deep reverberating bronze buddhist temple bell c. 1945. Inscribed on the bell are the foundry's name: Betsusei Shingen. Sits on a silk bell cushion and comes with lacquered wood striker covered in goat skin. The sound is deep and true due to the thickness of the bronze and continues quite a long time. Sound guaranteed. No cracks or breaks. Bell height:7 1/2". Diameter:9 1/2". Total height with cushion 10". Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1920 item #1232466 (stock #pd654)
This fantastic red Raku ceramic gourd flower vase was made by the legendary craftsman of Raku ware: Ogawa Choraku (1874-1939), the founder of the Choraku lineage of raku potters. Choraku studied under Keinyu (11th Raku) and Konyu (12th Raku) of the Raku family, and in 1904, with the support of Konyu, founded his own kiln in Kyoto. He received the name Choraku in 1906, by Choyuken, the head of a very influential tea ceremony association; raku ware makers are usually very close to tea ceremony circles and Buddhist temples, for the three are intimately bound spiritually. There are currently very few makers of raku chawan, about 50, and only 10 of them are well known. Choraku bowls and flower vases are very much appreciated and highly prized. Choraku had his good friend and reknown makie-e artist write what looks to be a short poem or proverb on the vase. The C.1920 vase bears the potter’s seal and is in perfect condition. It comes with the signed original paulownia wood box. The vase is 10" tall and 8" wide.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1970 item #1231698 (stock #pd651)
Rare and exceptional Otafuku mask by one of Japan's preeminent masters of the modern era, Tamaya Shoubei 7th. He was famouse in Gifu for his karakuri - ningyoshi (wind-up dolls). All painstakingly hand made and delicately constructed. He was chosen to restore the Chahakobi Ningyo, one of the first karakuri ningyos among others including a famous karakuri ningyo in the Gion Festival in Kyoto. This Otafuku mask was a side pleasure and it is signed on the back. Made of paulownia wood and gofun crushed oyster shell paint. Excelent condition. With wood box (not original). Ask for shipping quote.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1231697 (stock #pd653)
Meiji Period C.1890 sitting stone buddhist jizo or bodhisattva. A guardian diety to protect in the afterlife. In Buddha posture holding staff and hoju, the sacred wishing gem. Licken is all over this stone figure and expression bespeaks the wisdom of a master. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings that forgo the nirvanic realm to come back and help sentient beings out of compassion. Perfect condition. Ask for shipping quote. (free shipping to our california warehouse).