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All Items : New Century : Ceramics : Contemporary item #1298445 (stock #10784)
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Five serving plates in half moon shape with up standing rim, decorated with flowers (a.o. kikyo) and rocks in underglaze blue, pink and brown and overglaze green and gold enamels and white slip. Standing on 4 pentagonal feet. Each signed on the back: ma. Seto region, Oribe style. Japan, 20th century.

H ca. 1 in. (2.5 cm); L 9 in. (23 cm), D 6 in. (15 cm).

Mint condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1298437 (stock #10783)
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Small brush washer, molded and carved in the shape of a crab. Very thin biscuit with yellow, black and green glazes. Kutani ware, in the manner of Eiraku Hozen (1795-1854) and Wazen (1823-1896). Japan, 19th century.

H ca. 1 ½ in. (3.8 cm); length 2 ½ in. (6.7 cm).

Frittings and tiny chips at opening rim and at foot, otherwise very good condition.

Former collection / stock of Roger Barber, San Anselmo, CA.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1960 item #1298428 (stock #10782)
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Earthenware tea cup for black tea in the shape of a curled up lotus leaf, the handle formed by a stem and lotus bud. The foot formed by another stem. On the outside a decoration of peaches, chestnuts and yellow fruits. Banko ware or Banko style. Press mark on bottom, unidentified, reading RH & 8F (or BF). Japan, 20th century.

H 2 ¼ in. (5.8 cm)

Few glaze chips in yellow, otherwise very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1700 item #1295813 (stock #10781)
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Tall and shallow zushi or portable shrine with the painting of the Kasuga mandala, mounted on a lotus base. From the saddle of the white deer rises the branch of the sacred Sakaki tree. In the branch is a disc with Buddha Shakyamuni in the middle, surrounded by the bodhisattvas Jizo, Kannon and Monju and Yakushi Nyorai. In the background, above a cloud, Mount Mikasa and the Kasuga shrine and the sun above. Polychromed and gilded wood. Japan, early Edo period, late 17th century.

Height of zushi: ca. 19 ½ inches.

Chips and damages to lacquer on outside. Condition inside excellent. Handwritten label on back: made in Japan.

Belief in the Kasuga deity was popular in the Heian/Kamakura periods, as it links Shinto and Buddhist deities. The worship did continue into the Edo period.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1294860 (stock #10780)
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Hanging scroll with image of a tiger, seen on its back, sitting under a promontory with some vegetation. Black ink, mineral colors and some gofun on silk. Dated and signed: Keio year of the tiger, 1st day of spring, Kofuku or Takayoshi. Seals: Mitsui Kofuku and Shisei. Japan, Edo period, 1866.

Image H 40 ½ x W 14 ¼ inches. Total height 76 inches.

Mitsui Takayoshi (1808-1885), born in Kyoto, established the Mitsui financial imperium and founded Mitsui Bank. He was known for his calligraphy and painting. He was an avid collector of objects connected to the tea ceremony. Today, his collection, including his own paintings can be viewed in the Mitsui Memorial Museum in Tokyo.

The painting presented here was obviously painted to usher in the year of the tiger, 1866.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1294836 (stock #10779)
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Cylindrical zushi or portable shrine of the proto-type as imported from China. In the center sits Amida Nyorai, surrounded by attendants. On the left door sits Seishi, on the right door Kannon, each surrounded by attendants as well. Outside covered in red lacquer, with gilding. The inside plain dark brown wood, with gilding on the edges. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 7 ¼ x Diameter 2 ¾ inches.

Tip of left hand panel broken off.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1294049 (stock #10778)
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Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a reclining Shiba dog with a ruff. Brown stoneware with specklled yellow ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed with impressed seal. Japan, Showa era, 20th century.

H 1 ¾ x L 2 ¼ inches

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294043 (stock #10777)
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Zushi in the shape of a Shinto shrine housing a carving of a curled up snake, it tongue out. Glass pane behind the double doors. Left door inscribed with dedication by the donor. Inside, behind the snake, inscription in black ink, referring to Fudo Myoo and Marishiten. Sugi-wood (cryptomeria) shrine with light wood carving. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era (1910s-1920s).

H 8 ½ x W 6 ¾ x D 3 ¾ inches

Few abrasions, back pane re-stuck with iron nail

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1294008 (stock #10776)
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Cast iron kakebotoke or votive plaque for a Buddhist temple or house shrine, showing Amida Nyorai in low relief with repousse in mandorla. Japan, Meiji era, 19/20th century.

Diameter 6 ¼ inches

Excellent condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1293943 (stock #10775)
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Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a reclining shishi. Brown stoneware with yellow and light brown ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed with impressed seal Fuku. Japan, Taisho/Showa era, 20th century.

H 1 ½ x L 2-7/8 inches.

Few tiny flakes at the edges. All in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1293939 (stock #10774)
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Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a badger, holding or drumming his belly. Tanuki no hara tsutsumi. Brown stoneware with yellow ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed. Japan, late Edo period, 19th century.

H 2 x L 2 inches.

Several tiny flakes at the edges. All in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1293930 (stock #10773)
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Kogo, small box for keeping incense, in the shape of a dragon toad with fangs and mane. Compact, but intricate shape. Brown earthenware with deep green glaze, leaving the face of the dragon free. Raku seal impressed in bottom. Raku ware. Japan, Edo period, ca. 1850.

L 2 ¾ x H 1 ¾ inches.

Fine condition (tiny chip that can hardly be seen by naked eye).

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1290201 (stock #10441)
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Unusual sake jug with a single curved handle that is the spout at the same time. Cream colored glaze over a beige colored, fine stone ware that partly turned brown on the foot ring. The glaze with extensive, fine crackle. Relief towards the top and the bottom the jug imitating the twisted bamboo rope that usually is wound around the top and bottom of porcelain sake jugs. Ofuke ware (Nagoya region), Japan, Meiji era, 19th century. Mingei.

Height 8 ¼ in. (21 cm); diameter 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm).

Some traces of usage, very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1288203 (stock #10632)
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Sculpture of Daruma, sitting wrapped in his garment, slightly bent forward. Typical meditation posture. Kiri (Paulownia) wood. Unusual. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H 10 ½ inches; W 6 inches (ca. 26.6 x 15 cm).

Beautiful patina, very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1288201 (stock #10247)
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Hanging scroll. Life-size figure of the patriarch Daruma, standing barefoot with his garment wrapped around his body. Bold, fluent brushstrokes. Inscription and seals at upper right. Seals: Hakkan’un; Kagai and unread seal. Black ink on paper. Japan, Taisho era, early 1920s.

Image: 53 ¾ x 20 1/8 in. (137.6 x 51.6 cm).

Light worm damage in the upper part of mounting, some wear and one tiny damaged spot in paper in lower part, otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1288198 (stock #10015)
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Beautiful wooden jizai, or pothook hanger. This rather straight type is called Ebisu, after the shape of Ebisu’s hat. The hanger was suspended with a rope from a heavy beam, over the open hearth. From the hanger an adjustable hook was hung that held the kettle. Zelkova wood. 19th century.

H 11 x D 8 x W 5 3/8 inches.

Beautiful patina, some age cracks and slight traces of usage. Fine condition. Comes with iron base.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1288193 (stock #10772)
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Framed painting of a warrior with a drawn sword, holding a severed head in his hand. On his back a flag with the image of a skull. Perhaps one of the heroes of the Taiheiki, such as Endo Giemon Masatada. But between Kuniyoshi and other Utagawa artists, several series of heroes were produced. Unsigned. The style of Utagawa Kuniyoshi or Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. Black ink and colors on paper, mounted as a scroll, cut and framed. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

Frame H 49 ½ x W 27 ¼ in. Image H 38 x W 20 in.

Some restored horizontal tears and worm holes.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1970 item #1286563 (stock #10771)
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Snake carved out of a natural piece of twisted keyaki (paulownia) wood, stained dark brown. Japan, Showa era, perhaps a bit earlier.

H ca. 24 in.

Excellent condition.