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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1018079 (stock #2)
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Bizen pottery ware depicting a sitting oni (Japanese demon), with a lotus leaf on his legs. It dates from late Edo or Meiji periods. It is in excellent condition, except a damage to the left horn. The inside of the demon's hand is carved in a way suggesting that he was maybe holding something originally.
Dimensions: 11 cm tall x 10 cm wide x 12.5 cm deep (4.3 x 3.9 x 4.9 inches). It weighs 535.5 g.
It is marked "Bi-tou Mori-sei" ("Bizen ware made by Mori") on the back...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #1024873 (stock #3)
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Maru obi (kimono sash) beautifully decorated with autumn leaves (maple trees, bellflowers...) in gold and silver threads and landscapes of hills and streams, woven into a beige silk fabric on front and back. It is an extremely fine and elegant old obi, dating from Taisho or beginning of Showa eras. Its original wooden box is marked with the name of the manufacturer (Fukudaya) and the name of the purchaser.
The condition is very good, except for some loose threads...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1980 item #1024882 (stock #4)
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This obi (kimono sash) of the Nagoya type (pre-folded and stitched in half) is in silk with decorative multicoloured ribbons on a light beige ground stitched with silver. The reverse is cream-coloured. It is in excellent condition.
Dimensions: broad part: 98 cm x 30.5 cm (38.6 x 12 inches), narrow part: 251 cm x 16 cm (98.8 x 6.3 inches)
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1940 item #1025081 (stock #5)
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It is a very charming light pink haori (kimono jacket) made in silk crepe. Its pattern, consisting of flowers, clouds, butterflies, ribbons and geometrical motifs, is dyed in katazome (stencil dye) on a floral octagons and rectangles woven ground, and underlined with stitchwork and finely painted golden lines. The lining is also in silk and decorated with painted flowers.
The haori, relatively old, dates from Taisho or early Showa eras...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #1036041 (stock #6)
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Kutani porcelain wares started to be produced in the middle of the 17th century. Their characteristics are a five-color palette of green, yellow, red, purple and Prussian blue with motifs in overglaze enamels. The production stopped suddenly around 1730 to be restored in the 19th century, when a number of skilled craftsmen were working in different styles. The Iidaya style is one of them, characterized by a minute painting of figures in red and gold (aka-e) on white ground...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1042752 (stock #7)
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This pleasant little brass sculpture, probably Japanese, seems to represent a sumotori in a wrestling position, although its grimacing face could also evoke an unusual depiction of a demon. On the back, it bears the inscription “kohan kyo” (“living on the shore”), that can be the name of a place or the designation of the artist. This sculpture was possibly made around the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1049393 (stock #8)
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Fine accessory or cosmetic box dating approximately from the end of Edo period (middle of the 19th century), in rounded rectangular shape with domed overlapping cover and inner tray. The box is painted with leaves and tendrils in takamakie and nashiji on a black ground, the design extending to the sides and the container fitted with two gilt copper rings. A silk string is attached to them...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1049394 (stock #9)
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Lovely miniature shrine (zushi), enclosing a minutely carved wooden sculpture of Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), with eleven heads and four arms, two of them forming the meditation mudra, two others the veneration mudra. The deity's dress, the lateral inner faces and the opening's frame are enhanced with gold lacquer and the back on the inside decorated with a piece of fabric...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1052470 (stock #10)
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Elegant and finely decorated kiseru pipe, dating approximately from the beginning of the XXth century. The two extremities are made of silver, while the main part seems to be in silver plated brass, in which a delicate décor of foliage is carved. There are still some tobacco rests on the inside. The condition is perfect.
Dimensions: 19.2 cm long
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1920 item #1052475 (stock #11)
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Lovely kougou dating from the end of Meiji or Taishou eras (late XIXth-early XXth century) in black lacquer with a décor of shishi (foo lion) on the top and flower borders on the sides, in gold takamakie and nashiji, the interior in nashiji. The eyes of the shishi are inlaid with mother-of-pearl...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1052908 (stock #12)
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This finely carved kōgō (incense container) dates from Edo period and was made using wood from the Hōryūji. This temple is notably famous for containing some of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. In its natural simplicity, this incense container is a good reflection of the Japanese aesthetic...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1052910 (stock #13)
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Lovely small incense container in zelkova wood by the late-Edo-period lacquer artist Tamakaji Zōkoku (1805-1869), carved with chrysanthemums and keyfret borders on the sides, and painted in red, black and yellow lacquer.
Tamakaji Zōkoku is said to have initiated the style called sanuki-bori of Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku island), based on his studies of Chinese lacquerware techniques, creating a new field in the lacquer arts...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1052917 (stock #14)
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Charming small incense container in the shape of three fans one behind the other, subtly decorated in gold and silver takamakie and mother-of-pearl inlay with leaves and flowers, the contour of the fans finely outlined in gold takamakie. The kōgō, probably dating from the beginning of Meiji era, is in excellent condition, with some slight wear to lacquer, as well as minute chips in one place on the top. Please, refer to the pictures...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1052920 (stock #15)
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Set of five charming Kyoto porcelain chawan (tea bowls), dating probably from the end of Edo period (mid-XIXth century), hand-painted in underglaze blue with two figures on the foreground – two hermits? – and a peasant in the background, in a landscape with a willow tree. They are in perfect condition and come with a wooden box.
Dimensions: diameter: 6.8 cm (2.7 in), and about 5.8 cm high (2.3 in)
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1052924 (stock #16)
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Lovely brush washer, approximately dating from the end of Edo to the beginning of Meiji eras (2nd half of the XIXth century), in hexagonal shape with a rounded central part aimed at holding the water...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1053778 (stock #17)
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The three plates are decorated in gold and various overglaze enamels with peonies, morning glories, and another flower that we could not recognize. They are signed and sealed Kōyō (or Kayō) for the design, and signed ”Dainihon Imura Zu” (made by Imura in great Japan) on the reverse.
Imura Hikojirō, former oil merchant, established in around 1875 a ceramic decoration factory in Yokohama, known as Matsuisha. The company developed quickly and came to employ finally more...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1910 item #1055634 (stock #18)
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Bronze figurines of mandarin ducks, male and female. The plumage is finely rendered and embellished with gilt, black and brown painting. They date from Meiji era and are signed “Gyōkō saku” (曉光作) in a rectangular cartouche on the reverse.
Akasofu Gyōkō (dates unknown) is recorded as a member of the Tokyo Chukinkai (Tokyo Cast Metalworker's Association) in the second half of Meiji era (1868-1912). He lived in Tokyo, and his factory was producing c...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1056207 (stock #19)
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Two halves of clam shell, used to play the shell-matching game (kaiawase). In this game, that was originally played by nobles in the late Heian period, the players have to match two halves of clam shell, decorated on the inside in the same way with gold leaf and miniature scenes or flowers. A half of clam shell is placed face up, and the players turn over one by one the other halves until they find its match.
These two halves come from different shells. They date from Edo period and are pai...