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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #1265359
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$380.00
Two very unusual Oribe ware bowls, Edo period (1603-1868), early 19th century. The center of each bowl is decorated with a bold and lively coiled design likely impressed with a finger tip into the wet clay before firing. Both the interior and exterior of these steeply walled bowls are decorated with three white chrysanthemums with bright yellow centers executed in a lively naturalistic style rather than a formalized chrysanthemum pattern...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #1245717
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$60.00
A small Kyoto white porcelain kogo (incense case) in the form of a ram. The underside of the kogo bears the seal of the artist. The kogo includes a traditional wooden storage box which bears the signature and seal of the artist. Kogo are small lidded vessels or boxes intended for storing powdered incense used in connection with tea ceremony. Kogo take many forms and are fashioned from a wide variety of materials such as porcelain, bamboo, lacquer, wood, and bronze...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1960 item #1244591
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$46.00
An unusual vintage ikebana basket of rounded form with a flaring foot and defined lip, having an acquired dark patina with reddish highlights and in very good condition. Approximate dimensions. Height: 16cm (5-3/4”); Diameter (base) 16.5cm (6-1/2”); Diameter (mouth): 10cm (4”). Weight: 223 grams (7.8 ozs.)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1233069
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$160.00
Two framed and glazed antique Japanese, late Edo (19th century) paintings: ink, pigment, and gold on paper, their small size and horizontal format indicating that these were originally part of a handscroll. The terms “kara-e” and “yamato-e” likely emerged sometime during the Heian period (794-1185) to distinguish Chinese (kara-e) from Japanese (yamato-e) inspired painting...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1232699
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$560.00
Early 19th century, late Edo period. A Kiyomizu ware flower vase by Takahashi Dohachi (II) with elaborate blue and white decoration depicting a phoenix in flight, signed on the underside, and extensively repaired with iron clamps or staples. FORM: The vase is a modified HU without handles, the form derived from ancient Chinese bronzes and used extensively in both Chinese and Japanese ceramics...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #1232191
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$560.00
Edo period (19th century). A fine ume (black ink) on silk mounted scroll painting, bearing the signature of “Baikan” and two cinnabar seals reading “Sugai Kan.” Sugai Baikan (1784-1844) was a painter during the late Edo period who first apprenticed to Nemoto Jonan. He later lived in Edo and was associated with Tani Buncho, Rai Sanyo, and Shiozaki Shochiku. Sugai Baikan excelled in ume or monochromatic black ink painting...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Cufflinks and Accessories : Gold : Pre 1960 item #1214937
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$98.00
Komai Zogan is the gold inlay style originally produced by the Komai Company of Kyoto, founded in 1841 by Komai Seibei, but made famous for the style perfected by Komai Otojiro (1842-1917). This distinctive style is today associated with the work of various craftsmen from the Kyoto area. These TWO sets or pairs of delicately worked cuff-links were produced in Kyoto around 1950 and feature delicate gold inlaid traditional Japanese scenery on a black ground...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1209718
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$230.00
Japan; circa 1870 (Meiji period). This is an Oribe ware ceramic incense case (kogo), a small box for storing powdered incense for use in the tea ceremony. Oribe ware is the famous pottery of Aichi and Gifu prefectures and has a long association with the way of tea. The decoration is abstract although the rich, slightly irridescent and translucent, blue-green glaze, applied to approximately one-half of the lid, suggests a yin-yang design...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1209442
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$140.00
Circa 1880, Meiji period. Known in Japan as meimei-zara, small delicate plates used for serving tea biscuits and other small morsels of food in connection with tea ceremony were produced by many kilns. The set of five porcelain meimei-zara offered here are the product of the well-known Kutani kiln of Ishikawa Prefecture and are rather elaborately decorated. The interiors depict two elders, perhaps Chinese sages, seated in a grove...
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Contemporary item #1209194
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$300.00
This very fine celadon tea bowl by Unkei Tamura was named “Ayumi” to honor the Imperial Poetry Reading of 2005 and was created in that year. The theme of the reading was “Ayumi” (walking) and the event celebrated the 60-year anniversary of the end of World War II. Four waka poems were presented by the emperor and empress, and the crown prince and crown princess, all of which involve walking and contemplation...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1209076
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$260.00
Circa 1960, Japan. Sencha tea tray fashioned from precious Indian rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia). In Japan, exotic foreign hardwoods are referred to as “karaki,” and these semi-precious hardwoods are reserved for high-quality items. The attention to subtle detailing can be seen in this tray: the corners are rounded and the tray is raised on four shallow pad feet; the bottom of the tray consists of a single plank of beautifully grained, brownish-purple heartwood. The sides of the tray ar...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1208914
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$160.00
Late Edo period, mid-19th century. Shino ware, which emerged during the Momoyama-period, is classified as one of the Mino ceramics and is characterized by its distinct, thick white feldspathic glaze. The present example is highly unusual, both for its form and decoration. A heavy dish, elongated, and more or less rectangular, but with curved narrow ends, the long sides have been turned down, and the inside, with its spiral decoration, turned outward. The underside is glazed except for the c...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1194873
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$360.00
18/19th Century, Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603-1867). A small rectangular bronze tray in the highly decorative Rinpa style with a dark brown patina and very meticulous detailing, having a defined lip, indented corners, curved walls and four recessed and tiny pad feet, the exterior plain with an elaborately decorated interior. The inside walls are adorned with four rows of hachured lines or herringbone-like pattern, punctuated by eight medallions, possibly kamon or crests, placed asymmetrically, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1190064
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$120.00
This is the smaller of two late 19th C. Edo period (1603-1868) bronze mirrors produced at the famous Fujiwara workshop, from our extensive collection of Chinese and Japanese mirrors. The present example, rendered in the style of a traditional landscape painting, depicts an elegant stand of the bamboo-like Nandina or “Nan-ten” bush, ripe with clusters of winter berries, growing amidst a rocky slope descending from the right, and bearing a prominent four-character maker’s mark reading “Fu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1112267
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$600.00
Circa 1880. A fine Japanese suzuribaku (writing box for storing brushes, inkstone and writing accessories) crafted from imported Chinese or “karaki” [‘foreign’] hardwoods. Scholar objects fashioned of precious woods imported from China were popular with Japanese followers of Chinese literati culture, and such objects are often characterized, in Japan as in China, by austere form and very subtle detailing so as not to distract from the beauty of the exotic hardwood. The box is elegantl...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1109714
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$300.00
Seto ware is classified as ‘Nihon Rokkoyo’or ‘Chuse Rokkoyo’—one of medieval Japan’s six traditionally recognized ceramic types, and it is the pottery associated with Aichi Prefecture. The elegant vase offered here represents a highly unusual marriage of the traditional Seto ware glaze and clay to an Art Nouveau form, an original work by the 2nd Shunji Kato (1892-1979). A native of Seto City, Shunji assumed his master’s name in 1926 and later produced wares for the Matsuo-ryu sch...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1066994
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$560.00
Collapsible Makie Decorated Lacquered Stand with Bronze Mirror by Fujiwara Sadamasa. 18/19th Century; Late Edo Period. While Japanese mirrors from the Meiji and even the Muromachi periods have survived in fairly large numbers, the fragile lacquered boxes and stands which held these heavy and durable bronze mirrors are extremely rare. The lacquered mirror stand offered here with an associated mirror is of a recognizable and ancient Chinese form which was introduced to Japan during the Tang Dyn...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #974989
Ruyi Studio San Francisco
$2,500.00
A Japanese Gold Splashed Bronze GU Form Vase. Taisho Period (circa 1910-20). Inspired by the distant rather than recent past, this strikingly modernist Japanese bronze embodies a rejection of European-influenced and over-decorated bronzes of the previous Meiji period. The base bears a three-character studio mark, written in stylized archaistic Chinese characters much in vogue with the literati class of China and Japan during the Early Republic and Taisho periods. The ancient Chinese bronze w...