Each dish is moulded with peaches and butterflies within a foliate rim. Further, the centre is decorate with a fine karashishi playing amongst peonies, the rim decorated with the three friends, pine, prunus and bamboo. Shibata includes a slightly smaller example, #3321, and dates the design to the third quarter of the 18th century.
Approximately 18.2 cm diameter. Perfect condition...
The bowl is moulded in a form based upon a chrysanthemum flower, the interior with further flowers and brocaded bands, the exterior with simple stems of foliage. Within the foot-rim is a six-character apocryphal Chinese Ming reign mark for Chenghua.
Sotheby's London sold a very similar bowl ( 20.1 cm dia.) in 1990 for GBP 880, how times have changed!
Approximately 17.6 cm diameter, 5.8 cm high...
An attractive set of five Japanese Arita porcelain square dishes with canted corners, each decorated with an oversized sage by a lake. The borders completely painted with figures in a landscape. By repute once part of the Bigelow Collection and disposed of by auction in New England. Late 18th ~ early 19th century.
Approximately 15.5cm square...
Ebisu, one of the gods of good fortune, is always depicted in a courtier's dress or a courtier's formal hunting outfit. He is often encountered appearing to struggle with a giant red snapper or sea bream, tai. Although a little grimy this is a fine sculpture and is signed Ryumon zo. It dates from the Meiji period.
Approximately 28cm high. The sculpture weighs approximately 7kg...
A rare Arita porcelain urinal made for export to the West, probably the Netherlands, at the beginning of the 18th century. This is not the kind of export item encountered often so perhaps it was made as the result of a private commission by a trader...
The bottle of typical squat form decorated with spirals above a lappet border.
Approximately 9.5cm diameter. Tight hairline as seen in the photographs.
Please study the photographs.
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Monju Bosatsu - Manjushri Bodhisattva of Wisdom. The painting appears to have great age and even though not in the best of condition it still has a compelling presence. It is painted on a composite sheet of thin paper, the joins can be seen as angled lines across the sheet and mounted as a kakemono. The painting is signed with a single seal impression in gold.
The painted area is approximately 106cm by 40.5cm...
An attractive pair of mokko (lobed), and moulded dishes decorated with figure seated beneath mist enshrouded trees. The cavetto is moulded with swirls and flowers, the rim with a dark iron rich dressing.
Approximately 22.5 cm wide. Fine original undamaged condition.
Please study the photographs.
A large stoneware leaf-shaped dish decorated with leaves and fruits in over-glaze blue and green enamels on top of underglaze blue veins. Probably a kaiseki dish for the tea ceremony. Late Edo, 19th century, Kyoto.
9.1/16 inches (23 cm) long, 5.1/2 inches (14 cm) wide. There are three lines from the edge that appear not to be a result of accidental damage but stress after the firing...
The body covered overall with a persimmon slip beneath the clear glaze, the neck dipped in a thick green glaze. The potter has engraved some fruit/vegetable forms through the slip before glazing, something I’ve never seen before. The orange and green go very well together. Within the foot-rim the body is clear glazed giving the more typical oatmeal colouring associated with Seto stoneware...
A Japanese baluster vase painted with two scenes, separated by brocaded curtains. The neck in imitation of a cloth cover also featuring two Shimizu mon. The painting is quite remarkable; please remember when you look at the detail photographs that the vase is just a tad under six inches tall...