A lovely large incense burner “Koro” in the shape of black-spotted red rabbit. Raku ware. It bears a seal beneath reads Mokubei. Circa early 20th Century. Rabbit is a symbol of fertility and sensuality. There is a lid on its back with a ventilating hole and the inside of the lid is decorated with gold paint (kindei). The piece is in very good condition and accompanied ay a paulownia wood storage box.
H 5” x L 10 1/4” x W 5 7/8 (H 13.5cm x L 26.0cm x W15cm)
A fantastic painting depicted an octopus in an octopus pot/trap. Painted on paper with ink and pigments. Hanging scroll. This is a collaborated art work of Nakamura Husetsu, who wrote the famous Japanese haiku(poem) above, and Yasukawa Hodo painted the octopus. Signed by both artists...
A fine 18th Century Kano school painting depicted peony flowers. Behind the scene is a stream. It is painted with pigments of green (rokusho), which has been richly used. The combination of red and white flower symbolizes good fortune. This subject was painted in life size and a very good example of Kano school peony painting.
It is in good condition with patina...
A seated figure of otafuku. She enjoys the secret moment beneath. It is rare to see an otafuku erotic art figure of this scale. It is made with great expression and charm. Her kimono is finely decorated with local flora. A highly recommended piece for erotic art collector. Circa late Edo –early Meiji period, 19th Century. It is in fine condition.
H 8 7/8” x W 9 3/4” x D 8 3/8” (H 22.5cm x W 24.5cm x D 21.0cm)
An exquisite bird and flower painting features a Java sparrow rests on a branch in resurrection lily. Circa early Edo period, early 17th Century. This delicate painting is executed on paper with ink and pigments. The both Java sparrow and the flower are not native to Japan, but they were imported as early as 17th century from China, when the artist was a official painter to the Tokugawa shogunate...
A beautiful Japanese traditional music instrument Biwa. This type of biwa is called “Heike-biwa”, which has four strings and five frets used to play “Heike Monogatari”, - an epic account of the struggle between the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan at the end of the 12th century in the Genpei War (1180-1185). The biwa is also the chosen instrument of Benten, goddess of music, eloquence, poetry, and education in Buddhism.
It is in very good condition...
A beautiful image of a massive swimming carp - a noble fish. Finely painted on silk with ink. The signature reads shikibuno sato yusen hironobu. Kano Hironobu(1778-1814) was active in the late Edo period. He inherited the hamacho kano family and became a court painter. In 1808, he granted an important title Hogen, which was given to extraordinary artist.
There are some light marks and crease present, otherwise the piece is in good condition...
An antique bronze incense burner / censor in the shape of lotus flower. It has a beautiful shape and bronze patina. It is in good condition.
D 4 1/4” x H 2 7/8” (D 10.5cm x H 7.0cm)
An antique Japanese Bijinga painting depicted a high-ranked courtesan strolls elegantly through the streets spreading her left sleeve in display. Her red kimono has an all-over tie-dyed pattern. Such portraits of beautiful women shown alone against a plain background came to be known as 'Kambun beauties' after the Kambun era (1661-73) in which they became popular. The courtesans depicted were mainly from the Shimabara pleasure quarter of Kyoto. (Ref. British Museum)...
A Japanese bronze temple bell. The top of the bell is decorated with two conjoined dragon's heads, and thirty-six nipples in all in rows on the side. The various lines are curved in relief. It is in good condition with beautiful bronze patina.
Size: H 16 5/8” x D 9 3/4” (H42cm x D24.5cm)
Samurai Helmet depicted respectfully displayed on the stand. Painted on silk with ink and kindei, which is gold pigments. The kabuto was an important part of the equipment of the samurai, and played a symbolic role as well, which may explain the Japanese expressions, sayings and codes related to them.
The Signature reads Tosanomori Mitsuzane (The load of Tosa) and sealed...
A quality pair of mandarin duck bronze screen weight. Each bird weighs 1.49kg. Good craftsmanship of 20th Century. They are in very good condition.
L 4” x W 3 1/4” x H 2 3/4” (L10.0cm x W8.0cm x H6.7cm)
Marishi-ten, a bodhisattva associated with light and the sun, depicted atop a wild boar dressed in armor. Circa mid-late Edo period, late 18th- early 19th century...
Kano school painitng of wild horses resting by water enjoying the spring scene. Painted with ink and light pigments on paper. Decorated with gold speckles.
The painting is in reasonable condition with some marks, foxes and creases present due to its great age. There are some marks on the mounting. This painting is specially priced for celebrating Chinese new year (year of horse).
Painting: 22 1/4” x 57 1/8” (56.5cm x 145.0cm)
Scroll: 28” x 77 1/4” (71.0cm x 196.0cm)
A traveling wooden shrine “zushi” or "Nenjibutsu" with enclosing a finely curved wooden sculpture of shichimen Daimyojin (Heavenly Lady from Mount Shichimen). The wooden case is decorated with red lacquer and metalwork. Some loss of lacquerer and pigments are visible, otherwise it is in good condition.
H 2 7/8” x W 1 7/8” x D 1 3/8 (H 7.0cm x W 4.5cm x D 3.2cm)
The sun and Waves. Tosa school painting attributed to Tosa Mitsusada. The light of the sun is emerging on the gold ground and strikes the waves. It is unique expression that the composition of the waves surrounds across the painting while the sun is depicted on the horizon.
Painted with ink, pigments and gold leaf on paper. The signature reads Tosanomori (the load of Tosa) Mitsusada. Mitsusada Fujiwara (1738-1806) also known as Mitsusada Tosa was born as the second son of Tosa Mitsuyoshi. In 1...
Shino tea bowl with abstract gourd and ivy design by the representative modern Shino master Yano Keisen (1870-1965).
Suitable for Autumn tea ceremony, finely painted ivy gives a beautiful sentiments and the gourds adds warmness onto this Shino bowl.
Fine condition with no chip, no cracks, expected kiln-cracks(kamakizu) are presented as a character of Shino-ware.
Size: D 423⁄32” x H 261⁄64” (D 12.0cm x H 7.5cm)
A Chinese painting depicting a teacup and a teapot under a plum tree. Painted with light ink on paper. The painter Hu Teimei (1848-1899), he was born in Anhui prefecture as a son of a painter Yin Hu(胡寅). He is specialized in literature painting such as bird and flower, landscape painting.
This painting is painted at Okayama castle in 1884, Okayama castle used to be called Ujo/ 鳥城 / bird castle due to the colour of the outside wall (black). These 4 Chinese chara...