Small sculpture in wood of a well dressed man, probably a reciting priest, his hands folded in his lap. Excellent carving with fine detail, pupil in the eyes inlaid in black. Japan, Edo period.
H 3.25 inches (8.2 cm).
Few very thin stress cracks in bottom, one restored corner in a sleeve.
Small shrine with very fine carving of of the guardian deity Bishamonten, holding a halberd and standing on the back of a crouching demon. The halberd and crown are made of sheet metal, with traces of gilding. The demon in wood and lacquer, the latter one chipping slightly. Japan, 18th century.
Height of case: ca. 12.5 inches (32 cm).
Case: skirt loosened, restored and chipping crack in right hand door, restored crack in roof. Figure: demon with rubbed spots and some lacquer chips, Bishamon in good condition.
Wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Myoken, deity of the Polar Star and of the Big Dipper. He is dressed in Chinese garment, standing on the back of a dragon-like turtle or minogme, holding a sword. Behind his back a nimbus with six discs (one missing), representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. A snake wound itself around the turtle. Wood with fine decorations in gold, black and red. Japan, Edo period, around 1800.
Height ca 7 inches (17.8 cm).
Tip of snake’s tail missing, some re-gilding on the shoulders, otherwise very good condition.
Hollow phallus, perhaps used as incense burner or water container, of ceramic, molded and joined and fired at low temperature. This type of object is used in Shinto shrines, devoted to fertility. Seal impressed in bottom. Japan. Probably Meiji period or somewhat later.
H ca. 6.5 inches (16.5 cm).
Netsuke in the shape of a peach stone. The stone is carved in two halves. One half is holding a small carving of the figure of Seiobo, the fairy queen, sitting on a hinge so that she can move out of her hiding place. Dark stained wood for the pit, Seiobo in a reddish brown wood, the himotoshi fitted with bone rings (both slightly damaged). On an inlaid plaque is the signature of Kagetoshi. Japan, 19th century.
L of shell ca. 1.75 in. (4.6 cm).
Very good condition.
Hanging scroll with a very fine painting of a female severed head by Tomioka Eisen. The very realistic face is rendered in blue and green hues, giving it a very real impression of death. The mouth is twisted into a grimace showing the immaculate teeth, blood stains on the temple. Black ink and color on silk. Signed: Mosai giga (drawn for amusement). Seal: Eisen. Japan, Meiji period, around 1900. Red lacquered wooden scroll ends
Painted area: 15.5 x 12.25 in. (39.4 x 31 cm); whole length: 51 inches (129.5 cm).
Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) was a pupil of Kobayashi Eitaku who was a follower of the Kano school of painting, but later in life turned to illustrating in the ukiyoe style. Eisen, after his master’s death, became focused on a serious painter’s career. He devoted himself to painting, illustrations in magazines (kuchi-e), and shunga.
A very similar painting was painted in 1848/49 by Hokuyo, a pupil of Hokusai. It can be assumed that Eisen painted this head after Katsuyo, turning it upright. If you would turn the painting face down again, the flow of the hair would be much more natural.
Sturdy sake bottle with creamy white glaze over grayish white stoneware with a fine crackle, the neck covered in dark brown glaze, dripping down. Seto ware, 19th century.
Height: ca. 10.25 inches (ca. 26 cm).
Neck broken and restored.
Small wooden carving of excellent quality: tiger with flaming groin, looking back and fiercely growling, standing on a rock between stalks of bamboo. Beautiful piece of hard wood, some red color around the mouth, eyes inlaid in brass. Although carved in three dimensions, it is meant to be seen frontally only. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
L 18.5 inches (47 cm), H 4.6 inches (11.8 cm).
Few tension cracks without consequences, excellent condition.
Fine wooden sculpture of the bodhisattva Jizo sitting on a rock, one leg crossed, the other one down. On his knee sits a young boy. Jizo wears a typical head cover. Robes elegantly draped in this very delicate carving. Dark stained wood with eyes of glass. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
H 8.25 inches (21 cm)
Attribute in his right hand missing, few chips especially around the seam of the face. Otherwise excellent condition.
Very plain carpenter’s tool to draw straight lines. Dark wood. Japan, 19/20th century.
Length 8 1/8 inches (20.5 cm)
Needle missing, handle loose. Otherwise traces of usage, beautiful patina.
Carpenter’s tool to draw straight lines. The shape of the piece is a wheel floating on a wave. On the edge of the ink drenched cotton wool compartment sits a minogame. Middle brown wood. Japan, early 20th century.
Length 9 ¾ inches (ca. 25 cm)
Needle missing, handle missing. Wheel is a lovingly copied replacement. Body with fine detail and very nice patina.
Crosspiece for a kettle hook in the shape of a closed fan. Very elegant piece with simple engraved details. Keyaki (zelkova) wood with bronze hardware. Japan, 19th century.
Length 13 7/8 in. (35.4 cm), depth at widest point 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm), height 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm).
One side exposed to sunlight, some dent and chips, but otherwise excellent condition.
Hanging scroll with three goblins running away from the rising sun. One of the goblins holds a long pole with a red flag. Scene from the hyakki yako (Night parade of the one hundred demons). Signed: Kaishinsai hogen hitsu. Seal: Yoshin. Japan, 1819-1834.
Painted area: 13 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (34 x 55.5 cm). Total height: 53 3/8 in. (135.5 cm).
With plain wooden box, no inscriptions.
Unimportant thin stain in lower left corner, otherwise fine condition. Box with fair amount of insect damage.
Kano Seisen’in Yoshin (or Yasunobu) (ca. 1799-1846). Son and pupil of Kano Isen’in, painter-in-residence to the Edo castle. Made many copies of older paintings. In 1819 he became hogen, in 1834 he became hoin.
A pair of exquisitely carved wooden stands in three parts, used for offering food or other things on a Buddhist altar. The hexagonal stems have each six inset wooden panels with finely carved fretwork in the shape of birds between flowers, colored with gold and bright colors. Each of the panels show different birds and different flowers. Over the stem there is a hexagonal middle section, inserted with each six finely carved pieces of fretwork in the shape of different flowering plants. A hexagonal offering stand crowns the whole, surrounded by lotus shaped fretwork. Each petal decorated with either a chrysanthemum or a paulonia flower (one kiku-mon between five kiri-mon and one kiri-mon between five kiku-mon), symbols of the imperial household. The framework of the stands covered in black lacquer, decorated in gold and silver with chrysanthemums between karakusa. Both stands are completely different from each other. Japan, Meiji period.
Overall height 9 in. (22.8 cm); width at widest point 5.5 in. (13.3 cm).
Four pieces of fretwork broken, three of which are glued and repainted. Some cracks in the lacquered frame along the seams of the wood, some of the gold and silver lacquer rubbed and chipped. The color on the fretwork dried out and crumbling. Damages due to age and use. All in all in rather good condition.
Small but exquisite scroll paintings in colors and gold on silk. The background in the upper halves in gold. Aizen Myoo sits on his typical lotus throne carried by a vase full of jewels, surrounded by a circular, red, flaming nimbus. Around the jewel filled vase scattered sacred treasures. Daiitoku Myoo is riding a long horned buffalo who jumps over waves. Colors and gold on silk. Rich brocade mounting with the chrysanthemum and the paulownia crests. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Painted silk: 9 ½ x 16 7/8 in. (42.7 x 23.6 cm).
Restored tear in the upper half of the Daiitoku-painting, otherwise good conditions.
Wooden storage box.
Mizusashi in the shape of a Chinese boy, holding Hotei’s large bag. Over brownish beige very fine stoneware a layer of mottled brown glaze, over which a blue-green finely crackled flambé dripping glaze. The inside with brown mottled glaze, the bottom left free. In the bottom the impressed mark in an oval cartouche of Kato Shuntai. Japan, 19th century.
Height: 3 ¼ in.; diameter: 6 in. (8.3; 15.2 cm)
Box, inside of cover inscribed with authentication of piece as a mizusashi in the shape of a karako in ao-Oribe, made by Kato Shuntai from Seto. Authentication signed by Matsumori An.....
Kato Shuntai (1802-1877) worked in many ceramic styles. The splashes of flambé crackled glaze are very typical for his works (Shuntai-yaki). His works and the works of his ancestors can be found in museums around Japan and the US.
Gourd shaped ewer or water dropper. Cream colored stoneware with finely crackled clear glaze, on which a decoration of blossoms and lucky symbols along a meandering stream between mountains in red, green, blue, yellow, aubergine enamels and gold. Kyo yaki, or Kyoto Satsuma. Japan, 19th century. The stopper is missing.
Height 4 7/8 inches (12.3 cm).
Spout broken and restored with silver band, few abrasions in enamels, otherwise very good condition.
Reddish brown shrine with three very fine sculptures: Benzaiten in the middle, to her right Daikoku, and Bishamon to her left. Benten is seated on a lotus, depicted in her 8-armed appearance, holding a jewel, her other attributes are lost. On her head a crown with jewels and the snake-shaped Ugajin. Bishamonten stands on a demon and holds a pagoda, his staff now lost. Daikoku stands on two rice bales and holds a hammer and a bag. All of them on separate rock shaped bases. Excellent carving with extremely fine painting. Japan, 18th century.
Height: 9.5 inches; width: 8.75 inches (24 x 22.2 cm).
On the back two old paper labels. One is the address label of B.H. Collins , Coins and Curios in Washington, DC. The other label is a catalogue description of this piece (with correction).
Inside: most attributes lost, otherwise very good condition. Box with finely engraved hardware: few traces of usage, mostly very good condition.