Wooden mask imaging an old woman with an emaciated face, high cheekbones, long eyebrows and a sagging mouth in which teeth are missing. Beautiful caricature. The mask could be used as a proper mask, as indicated by the traces of usage, in a country side theater situation, or as a decoration on a wall. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era.
H 9 ½ x W 7 ¼ inches.
Good patina with traces of touching / rubbing on the nose, cheeks and chin. Few small chips, almost invisible due to patina of time, small repair on back in the mouth corner.
Western style tea pot with high handle, made for Chinese or black tea or black. Made of stoneware and decorated in cream colored and green glazes, white slip and iron brown with flower motifs and geometric designs on the outside. Mino ware, Oribe style, Japan, early 20th century.
H 10 ¾ in.
Beautiful fine crackle in the cream glaze, several damages: crack in handle, haircrack in cover, spout broken and restuck, chip on spout. Nevertheless beautiful piece.
Stoneware flask of bulbous shape with tall, thin neck, used for sake or other liquids, with beautiful black glaze with oily sheen and with slight hare fur detail at the neck, leaving the foot partially uncovered. Most likely Satsuma ware. Japan, Edo period, 19th century. Mingei.
H circa 10 ¾ inches.
Beautiful fine crackle, superficial scratches on the body consistent with use, chip on the foot. All in all very good condition.
A similar piece with a slightly rounder body is in the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Formerly described as Satsuma, currently described as Seto or Tanba.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stoneware oil plate or aburazara. Plate used to catch the oil dripping from a lantern. Design in underglaze blue of a deer in a landscape. Thick, fine crackled white glaze in the style of Shino ware, Seto area. The outside of the plate with brown glaze. Six spur marks on the outer bottom, six spur marks on the inner bottom. Several glaze imperfections. Japan, Seto, early 19th century.
Diameter 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm), height 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm).
Usual abrasions and damages . Nice and unusual piece, despite damage.
Comes with kiribako storage box.
Set for carrying lunch. Bamboo and rattan basketry box lined with green brocade, the outside with an intricate diamond pattern woven in two colors, the corners fortified with leather. Dangling from one of the brass handles is a natural gourd with silver stopper and a lacquer sake cup, imitating Tamba stoneware. Japan, Meiji era, early 20th century.
Basket: H 3; L 6; D 4 ¼ inches (7,5 x 15,2 x 10,6 cm). Gourd: L 7 ½ inches (18,5 cm). Sake cup: diam. 2 inches (5,2 cm).
Traces of usage at basket, all in all good condition.
Mid-size stoneware jar to store tea or other. Brown stoneware with white inclusions and a green splash of ash glaze. Slightly widening from bottom to shoulder, with a short more or less straight neck with everting lip. Japan, Momoyama – Edo period, 16/17th century.
Height 12 ½ inches.
Single block carving (ichiboku) of a sambaso dancer with the typical high hat with a round circle on each side. In his left hand he holds suzu bells; his right hand, on his back, holds a fan. Keyaki wood (paulownia), carved in a faceted way, resembling ittobori, and stained. Japan, 1910s-1920s.
H ca. 18 inches.
One repaired crack from the bottom into his left shoulder, some scuffing and chipping at edges, tension crack in hat. All in all very good and stable condition.
Large storage jug of typical Shigaraki stoneware with small white inclusions, made in three sections, decorated in multicolor enamel and gold with a cat making a mouse train come to an abrupt halt. A cat, high back, hissing at the mouse going at the head of a train, makes the train come to a dead stop and the following mice tumble, roll, spill in a ripple effect. Funny details: tumbling palanquin, spilling fish, flying papers. Either folk art or export. Japan, 20th century.
Height: ca. 18.5 inches.
Unsigned work from a studio that decorates household ceramics with funny or fantastic images in overglaze enamels that can be fired at low temperatures.
Water jar on rounded bottom. Stoneware with dark brown slip-like glaze on the lower part, leaving the bottom free and a thin translucent glaze on the neck and mouth, both with fine crackle. A slender strip of engraved rope design decoration on the shoulder of the receptacle. Seto, Mino ware. Japan, Edo period.
H ca. 8-¼ inches.
Scratches on the body, worn down patches on the mouth, otherwise good condition.
Midsize storage jar of greyish stoneware, with the typical inclusions, with natural ash glaze. Japan, Edo period, 19th century or a bit earlier.
H 11-¼ inches.
Very good condition.
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of a prawn (ebi). Two parts. Wood. Inscription in black ink on the short side: ebi.
H 1-7/8 x L 8-¼ x W 4-5/8 inches.
Very good condition, some traces of usage (few chips on outer edges, some dents and stains), metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of the old woman Uba from the island Takasago. Two parts. Wood. Inscription in black ink on the short side, Azukari-gata written on the top in black ink.
H 1-7/8 x L 6-½ x W 4 inches.
Very good condition, some traces of usage (rounded edges due to usage, chip on outer edge), metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of the old man Jo from the island Takasago. Two parts. Wood. Inscription in black ink on the short side: ..ro (old man).
H 1-¾ x L 7-1/8 x W 4-7/8 inches.
Very good condition, some traces of usage, metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.
Mold for making rice flour cakes (uchigashi) in the shape of a lotus leaf and a lotus bud. Two parts. Soft wood, worn by usage. Ink markings on short side.
H 1-½ x L 6-5/8 x W 3-5/8 inches.
Edges somewhat worn from usage, but carving still fairly sharp, some insect damage mainly on the outside, metal device on bottom section for hanging on wall.