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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #1189270 (stock #10684)
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Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of a lotus flower. Two parts. Cherry wood with beautiful patina. Maker’s stamp in the side Katayasu (or Keian).
H 1-5/8 x L 6-7/8 x W 3-7/8 inches.
Crack in top section, unprofessionally repaired with nail (old repair, while the mold was still in use), metal device for hanging on wall on bottom section.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1174643 (stock #ALib36)
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$200.00
Binyon, Laurence, Chinese Paintings in English Collections, G. Vanoest, Paris/Brussels 1927. 26 pp. text 29 pp. description of plates, 64 black and white plates. Quarto, blue cloth, title gilt-stamped to spine (oxidized) and front cover, gold on upper side pages. Binding is sunned at spine and rubbed and scratched on all sides; crown is lightly bumped. Pages very lightly browned, mostly at outer edges, binding fragile but in place.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1168437 (stock #10678)
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$300.00
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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1980 item #1163347 (stock #10674)
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Hollow bronze cast of a hedgehog. Cast in two parts. Unsigned. Japan, 20th century.
Length ca. 8 inches. Height ca. 4 inches.
Some white paint specks (latex), otherwise excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1139201 (stock #10664)
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Hollow stoneware sculpture of a tiger sitting on its haunches, growling at the world, showing its shark-like white teeth. Somewhat folky piece. Incised artist’s seal, unidentified. Japan, Showa period.
Height ca. 15.5 inches.
Excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1940 item #1122048 (stock #10655)
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$400.00
Sash clasp or belt buckle for the flat, braided type of obi, made of dry lacquer, in the shape of a no mask. The mask is Uba, the old woman. On the back there are two metal loops through which the obi is pushed. Signed on back: Kyu.
Comes with its original kiri-wood tomobako. Inscription on box: Obidome, nomen, Uba (kanshitsu), meaning: sash clasp, no mask, Uba (dry lacquer).
Japan, probably Taisho period, first half 20th century.
With Total height: 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm).
Four hair cracks in the face (not visible without loupe), one fissure on the back. Minimal traces of usage on the hooks in the back. All in all good condition.

Dry lacquer (kanshitsu) is a technique, whereby the object is made of lacquer only, no wooden or paper core is holding up the form. This allows for a very free flowing kind of shape, but it is a very labor intensive procedure.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1112251 (stock #10652)
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A pair of slightly abstracted foxes, sitting at their haunches, tails curled wound their feet, their heads turned upwards, as they are gazing at the moon. Patinated bronze. Each of them engraved on the bottom ‘Kozan’ in archaic script. Brown patinated bronze with roughened surface. Japan, mid 20th century.
Comes with tomobako, the cover inscribed on the outside tsuki miru kitsune (foxes looking at the moon) and stamped seido sei (made of bronze); the cover signed and sealed on the inside Kozan saku, Kozan.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm).
A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.

The signature Kozan belongs to the artist Sakai Kozan, who was active in Takaoka during the Showa period, mid to late 20th century. The Sakai bronze manufacture is still active today.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1970 item #1098404 (stock #10650)
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$375.00
Group of four altar pieces: One larger altar table, wood, red, ochre and black lacquer, and gilded at the front and top. Two smaller altar tables, wood, red, ochre and black lacquer and gilded at front ant top. Japan, later Showa period. One of the smaller stands earlier 20th century.
Larger table 14 ¾ in. long x 5 in. high x 4 ¾ in. deep; smaller tables each ca. 11 in. long x 4 ¾ in. high x 3 ½ in. deep.
All with slight, but unoffending traces of usage, very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #1098300 (stock #10649)
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$275.00
Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From seven points rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably later 20th century.
Total length of each: ca. 11 inches.
Excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1950 item #1098273 (stock #10648)
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$500.00
Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From sevenpoints rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably 1950 or a little earlier.
Total length of each: ca. 7 inches.
One triangular ornament bent, but not broken, otherwise excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #1060337 (stock #10644)
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Very unusual pair of komainu or guardian dogs to a Shinto or Buddhist shrine. The left one with the mouth open and drooping ears, the right one with its mouth closed and with the ears perked up. Very fine and smooth bronze cast with rich brown patination. Makers mark engraved into the bottoms. The name consists of a single character that can be read in a variety of ways: Yasushi, but also Hiroshi, Yutaka, Toru or Akira; followed by “saku” or “made by”. Japan, early 20th century.
Height: left 9 inches, right 9.1 inches (22.8 and 23.2 cm).
Excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #992464 (stock #10607)
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A bronze figurine of a kappa, water imp, sitting at ease on a rock with his feet in the water of a pond. His hands placed besides him on the rock. Cast bronze with a beautiful brown patina that turns green on the rock. Signed in the back. Japan, late Taisho, early Showa period.
H 5.7 inches (14.5 cm); W 4.4 inches (11.2 cm); D 5.5 inches (14 cm).
Dents and patina abrasions consistent with usage as an ashtray, otherwise fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #935635 (stock #10586)
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Elegant wooden sculpture of a nude woman, standing in a pensive pose, one knee slightly bent, her chin resting in her right hand. The wood is sculpted in a slightly faceted manner, giving the piece an almost abstract feel. Soft wood with green, yellow and oil based paint. Piece let into a square wooden base. Exhibition label at the base. Titel: Fumiko. Name of participant: Sakaba Yasuo. Address in the Tokyo Arakawa-ward, Nishi-Ogu. The venue: Sokei exhibition, which is the Art Academy in Tokyo. Japan, second half 20th century, prob. 1960s.
Height ca. 18.6 inches (46.5 cm)
Few material cracks that were there right from creation.

Today, in Tokyo in Arakawa ward along the river Sumida, in Higashi-Ogu, there still is a Sakaba family member who carves wooden Buddhist sculptures.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1940 item #934977 (stock #10580)
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Highly unusual view of a Buddhist service. In the center sits a priest surrounded by 13 monks. They are all sitting on tatami mats, their hands folded in prayer around rosaries. In the back plays a group of musicians. In the background an altar with a painting of the Buddha Amida, flanked by portraits of priests. Very unusual painting with extremely realistic faces. Black ink and colors and gold on silk. Japan, allegedly painted in 1935, probably on special order or for a special occasion.
Measurements: ca. 27.5 x 46.5 inches (69 x 116 cm). Framed.
Few stains and creases, otherwise excellent condition.

Even though the year 1935 is not verifiable, the highly realistic style of the painting and the very typical Japanese subject matter point in the direction of the Nihonga movement that was very strong in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1950 item #894476 (stock #10570)
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$100.00
A small house or pavilion with a thatched roof behind a wall surrounded by trees. A man, sitting at a table with a book stares into the garden where a crane is standing. Black ink and some red on paper. China, 20th century.
Measurements: 8 7/8 x 11 5/8inches (22.6 x 29.5 cm).
Excellent condition, mounted on album page.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #894183 (stock #10566)
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$800.00
Large stoneware jar with multi-color dripping glaze over a creamy white crackled glaze. The green is the traditional green of earlier Shigaraki ware, the blue as well, but a variety of brown, red, pink and black have been added to the palette. Inside and bottom covered in brown glaze with yellow spots. Japan, early Showa, 1920-1930s.
Height 17 inches (43.2 cm), diameter at shoulder ca. 17 inches (43.2 cm).
Mint condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #894120 (stock #10558)
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$130.00
Bamboo tea scoop for powdered tea, elegantly curved. Patinated dark brown on the inside with some dark spots on the tip of the spoon. Japan, 20th century.
Comes with fitted box, sealed with double gourd shaped red seal of the carver.
L 7.25 inches (18.4 cm); box 8.5 x 1.4 inches (21.5 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm).
Few scratches on bamboo from usage, excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1940 item #891791 (stock #10562)
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$155.00
Mask made of plaster-like material covered with a brown and black lacquer, details in vibrant red. The face belongs to a Buddhist deity who guards off evil and ignorance, such as Fudo Myoo. Japan, first half 20th century.
H 13.4 inches (33.6 cm).
Some chips in the lacquer, showing the underlying plaster, two tips of hair tugs broken off, good condition.