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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1330214 (stock #10857)
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Bronze cylindrical handwarmer (shuro or te-abure) with decoration of gourds plastically dangling from a band of low relief leaves and vines. The spokes in the shoulder and cover also in the shape of gourds. The flat part of the cover with fretwork in the shape of leaves and engraved vines. Playful combination of brown and yellow bronze. The handles wrapped in soft leather. Japan, Taisho/Showa eras, 1920s-1930s.
Comes with the original fitted tomobako signed and with inscription on the outside of the cover:
Nakagawa Joeki tsukuru and seal Joeki; Bronze handwarmer with [design of] gourds and vines …

H ca. 12 in. diameter ca. 8 ½ in.

Few scuffs consistent with usage, leather a bit dry and brittle.

Nakagawa Joeki (1880-1940)

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1315564 (stock #10817)
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Small and elegant sentoku, or yellow bronze, urn-shaped vase on four feet that raise up as nyoi scepters. The sentoku covered with a darker brown patina with hand painted black spots, imitating smoke and grime traces. Art deco feeling. Japan, Showa era, 1930s. Unmarked.

H 6 inches

Few superficial rubbed spots on body, pin-prick dent in one of the raised lines on shoulder.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1168437 (stock #10678)
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Fairly large water dropper, cast and dark patinated bronze, in the shape of the face of a demon. The spout of the water dropper replaces the lower jaw. Japan, first half of 20th century or earlier.
W 3 x D 2.5 x H 1 inches.
Surface slightly rubbed on higher parts, otherwise excellent condition.