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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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$500.00
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.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1930 item #883502 (stock #10467)
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$1200.00
Beautiful and elegant chest for keeping tea utensils. From top to bottom: shelf behind four sliding doors, one curved, wave shaped display shelf and one straight shelf, one curved drawer, two shelf behind two sliding doors each. Doors and drawer fronts made of beautiful mulberry veneer. On the insides and backs of doors and drawers there are left and right marks and numbers in black ink, to indicate the right place for each door. The sides of a wood with coarser grain. Japan, Taisho period.
Height 38 in., width 48 ¼ in., depth 11 ¼ inches.
Some damage (dent, scratches) at sides, due to moving/transport, minor wear shelf edges, one crack in the veneer of one of the doors (stabilized by the back-wood). Overall very good condition and splendid piece.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #860040 (stock #10509)
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$700.00
Hanging scroll with the image of a dragon, dressed in kimono and apron and standing on hind legs (what happened to the tail?), holding up high a jewel, as if offering to a celestial relative. Signed: Shoto …. Seal: … sensei. Black ink and color on paper. Japan, 1910s-1920s.
Painted area: ca. 52 x 13.5 in. (132 x 34.5 cm). Total length ca. 77 inches (195 cm).
Few light stains and tiny spots, some foxing in mounting, otherwise very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Baskets : Pre 1950 item #836725 (stock #mallepiet3)
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Basket for flower arrangement in the shape of a carp, meant to be affixed vertically. Unfortunately needing restoration. Very rare shape. Japan, first half 20th century.
Length 11 ¼ inches (28.6 cm). One eye missing, fins missing.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #833512 (stock #10524)
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$100.00
Tea bowl on high foot with high sides. Craemy gray clay with gray transparent glaze, on which in multi colors and gold a gathering of old men is depicted, busy with different occupations such as calligraphy, go and drinking tea. Bowl signed at lower side: Koki ..suke saku.
Diam. 4 3/8 in. ; H 3 in. (11 cm; 7.8 cm)
Mint condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1940 item #805777 (stock #10514)
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$800.00
Japanese woodblock print. From the series “Selected views of the Tokaido”. Titel: Bishu, Seto. Early evening in the back yard of a potter in Seto. Sepia tones. Signature in the lower right corner: Hasui. Seal: Kawase. Publisher: Watanabe Shosaburo. Date: Showa 9 (1934), 3rd month. 15.4 x 10.2 inches (39 x 26 cm).
Very good impression, slightly yellowed, tiny restorations in lower margin, right margin restored.

Kawase Hasui: 1883-1957.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1940 item #805740 (stock #10513)
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$150.00
Japanese woodblock print, kuchi-e (with the two typical vertical folds). A woman sits in front of her writing desk and looks in the mirror. Behind this image sit two demons (a green and a red one) with a kanebo and watch her. Red seal: Toshikata.
8.9 x 11.8 inches (22.5 x 30 cm).
Very good impression with black lacquer in the hair, browned, brown spots on left side, creases at the margins, three small holes right underneath spotting, backing paper residue on back.

Mizuno Toshikata (1866-1908). This is the frontispiece from the magazine Bungei Kurabu that was published during the Meiji and Taisho eras, predominantly for women. Allegedly it is titled “Kyori no bijin (Beauty in home village)”, and published in vol. 6, no. 6.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #788531 (stock #10510)
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Wooden folk art carving of a giant penis. Strapped around it are red and white twisted cotton cords (imenawash) with paper strips (gohei). Japan, 20th century.
H 24.5 inches (62.2 cm).
Excellent condition.
The piece may have stood in a fertility shrine or may have been used in a festival.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773627 (stock #10507)
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$20.00
a) Two-sided cookie mold carved with three molds with text and two with mani-design on one side, and five molds with text on the other side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 15 7/8 in. (40.4 cm). b) Two-sided cookie mold with five molds with text on each side. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period. L 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm).
a) Traces of usage (some splintering at edges and few stains), b) repaired stress crack. Both with eyelet attached to hang on wall.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #773540 (stock #10501)
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$50.00
Two-sided cookie mold for two different candies. One side has 10 half globular indentations to form five spherical candies. The other side has five square molds for cookies with text. Burn mark of the manufacture. Cherry wood. Japan, Taisho period.
L ca. 13.5 in. (34.2 cm)
Stress crack in the tip, abrasions at the tip, beautiful dark patina from heavy use (obviously on one side only), metal eyelet attached to hang mold on wall. All in all very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #771805 (stock #10495)
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$125.00
Single piece kashigata for peony-shaped candy. Cherry wood. Japan, early 20th century.
Br. L 11.5 inches (29.2 cm).
Some dents and scratches, all attributed to use.