Shallow box for storing a Japanese polished metal mirror. The rubbed and worn lid is decorated in high relief with a large stylized chrysanthemum crest (kiku mon), at its center a six-petaled melon blossom crest (mokkô mon or mutsu-uri mon) is placed. After 1603 this mon was used by two samurai families, the NAKAGAWA, who descended from FUJIWARA YOSHIKADO, and the HITOME family. The inside of the lid is lavishly decorated with seven kinds of flowering autumn grasses (nanakusa) growing by a woven fence. The design is executed in a variety of thicknesses and shades of gold lacquer hiramakie and takamakie on a background of densely sprinkled gold powders (nashiji). Japan, 18th century. Lower part of box of high quality black lacquer, the rims of gold lacquer (slightly worn). No damages or cracks to the body.
This piece is located in Europe (EC).
Articulated artist’s model made of nicely patinated pine wood. Pinewood is a soft wood, thus accounting for the many small chips and dents along the edges of the limbs and body. American, early 20th century.
Height: 19 inches; width at shoulder: ca. 4.5 inches.
Tiny chips and splinters and dents consistent with material, age and usage, otherwise very good condition.
Shrine with the very unusual sculpture of Daikoku standing on two rice bales on top of the rising clouds. In the middle of the clouds sits the little figure of probably Shotoku taishi. On the base a rooster is picking from a rock formation. Carved wood carved, decorated in polychrome lacquer over gesso. On the inside of the doors a family crest with the three begonia leaves, used among others by the Tokugawa family. This leads to the assumption that the piece was made on special order, which would explain the very unusual combination. Japan, 19th century.
Height case: 17 in. (44 cm)
Case: Traces of usage (lacquer chips, scratches, few unimportant dents), especially to bottom plate, inside of the doors rubbed, as are the family crests, hardware loose in lower front corner, lock broken off. Inside: Chips to the lacquer on the cloud formation, lacquer on Daikoku strongly rubbed, otherwise very good and stable condition.
Set of ten small white porcelain condiment bowls (cups) for kaiseki-style dinner. Each miniature bowl individually shaped with slightly compressed sides and a small spout. With overall white glaze and brown rim, each painted with flowering plants and vegetables in underglaze blue, brown, and black, and with gold lacquer details. Each bowl with seal imprint TÔZAN at the bottom. Japan, 18th/19th century.
Circular base 1 inch diameter (2.5 cm), 1 ½ in. high (4 cm), 2 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. at the rim (5.3 x 6 cm).
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 6.5 (H) x 15 (W) x 36.5 (L) cm.
Inscribed, sealed and signed on the lid (TÔZAN tsukuru = made by) with red seal imprint. Each wrapping cloth stamped with 4 x 2.8 cm red seal imprint TÔZAN.
Items located in Europe.
Part of a triptych with depiction of the Five Great Myoo. At the top is Kongo Yasha Myoo, standing on two lotus bases, at the bottom Gozanse Myoo, being held by an acolyte. Black ink and color on silk, background gold. Beautiful painting, expensively painted.
Painted area: 39 x 15 ¼ inches; frame: 47 ¼ x 21 in.
Good condition, framed ( rollers cut off, old mounting behind mat).
Small reliquary, in the shape of a five-element stupa, gorinto, made of rock crystal. The stupa is built according to the Five Elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether). The base is octagonal in shape (which may be square, as well), as is the bottom part of the cover (which may be triangular, as well). The reliquary is made of two pieces of crystal: earth and water (the water segment can hold the relic); fire, air and ether. Japan, prob. 18/19th century.
Height 6 7/8 inches (17.5 cm)
Some tiny chips at edge of ‘stopper’, otherwise excellent condition.
Rectangular tray, standing on four low feet, black lacquer with gold and black decoration over wooden base. The slightly raised rim sprinkled with gold powders and decorated with a geometrical design in black and gold lacquer over a red base. The central black lacquer panel decorated at one side with a Chinese sage fishing from a rocky promontory (possibly Taikobo). The rocks, a picturesque tree and the seated person are built up in relief and partly inlaid with cut gold foil (now mostly lost). Waves, reeds and bamboo are depicted in shades of gold lacquers, depth is indicated by gold powder clouds. The underside entirely covered with black lacquer and now oxidized silver powders. Japan, middle Edo period, early to mid 18th century. Length 11 ¾” (30 cm), width 5 ¾” (14.6 cm), height 1 ¼” (3.3 cm). Some dents and rubbing, no cracks or damages to the body.
This piece is located in Europe (EC).
Small shrine with double hinged doors. Inside three sculptures of a female in dancing pose, holding an open fan and two males, sitting in front of the female. The old man at the left hand side holds bells in his right hand, in his left he held something that is missing today. The man on the right hand side held something in his right hand, now missing. Judging the faces they could be Daikoku, Ebisu and Benten. Three figures elaborately carved in plain wood, their bases decorated in color. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height of case: 9 ¼ inches (23.8 cm).
Left hand of left hand figure partly missing, attributes missing, otherwise good condition. Case: Gold lacquer inside chipping and cracking in places, metal door lock missing and replaced
Japanese Buddhist scroll painting depicting the Welcoming Descent of the Amida Buddha from the Western Paradise to earth. He stands on lotus flowers on swirling white clouds. His red and black robe decorated in gold with tiny flowers and geometric motives. Middle section of a triptych. Originally he would have been flanked by the bodhisattvas Seishi and Kannon. Color and gold on silk, the outlines of the body delicately done in red paint. Mounting of later date. Scroll ends of gilt copper, decorated in nanako technique. Upper corners fortified with brass hard ware, decorated with a chrysanthemum each. Japan, 17th century.
Painted area: 31 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (81.7 x 37.7 cm). Total length 63 in. (161.2 cm).
Several horizontal cracks. There are several missing areas, backed by darkened silk, which in reality does not catch the eye immediately. Generally good condition, consistent with age and usa. Beautiful mounting in very good condition.
Painting depicting the Descent of Amida. In the middle Amida Buddha, to his right the bodhisattva Seishi and Jizo in his priest’s garment. On Amida’s left kneels Kannon. In this scene Buddha comes down to transport the newly deceased devotee to the Western Paradise. In his company one traditionally finds Seishi, who holds his hands in prayer, and Kannon, who holds the lotus for transporting the deceased to Paradise. Color and black ink on silk. Painted area 39 7/8 x 19 ¾ inches. 19th century. Contemporary mounting, needs a little restoration. Several small cracks in the paint, not in the silk, some unevenness in surface, otherwise good condition.
Original hanging scroll of a tiger and a dragon, two of the regal powers. Black ink on silk. On the lower right signature with two seals. The upper reading Gan…. Painter from the Kishi family. Matt and framed.
Painted area: 37 1/8 x 13 1/8. Frame: 19 ¼ x 48 ¾ inches.
Some creases, one tiny hole, generally in good condition.
Very small scroll painting for in the back of a house shrine. Sumie. Daruma standing on a reed stalk crossing the river Yangtse. In the upper part a commentary or a poem. Black ink on silk. Red seal to the left. To the right the typical jar shaped seal in red.
Painted area: 7 5/8 x 3 13/16 in.
Size of whole scroll: 7 x 17 ¾ in.
Back of scroll needs fixing, scroll ends missing, painting slightly yellowed and soiled, crease at the top, some tears in lower area, due to rolling, generally good condition.
Japanese Buddhist scroll painting with the image of Amida raigo, the descent of Amida Buddha from the Western Paradise to earth. He comes down to transport the newly deceased devotee to the Western Paradise. In the middle Amida, to his right the bodhisattva Seishi, hands folded in prayer, to his left Kannon holding the lotus throne for transporting the deceased to Paradise. A ray of light comes from Amida’s urna. All three figures are standing on lotus thrones, floating on white clouds. They are surrounded by a dark indigo blue background with scattered flowers that seems to be tumbling around in the sky. The outlines of the figures finely done in red. The garments of all three decorated in very fine flower and geometric designs in gold. Japan, 18th century.
Painted area: 37 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (95.3 x 41.9 cm). Total height: 75 1/2 in. (191.7 cm).
Some paint rubbed off (mainly in flowers), some scratches in blue background, partly retouched (minimally), basically very good condition. Modern, Chinese mounting.
Storage jar for liquids with pouring spout. The brown stoneware body wrinkled and irregular, the neck shaped by hand with many finger impressions of the potter. The body covered with transparent glaze; on the neck and shoulder a thick splash of transparent glaze, mixed with white, green and brown pigments and some small splashed underneath. In the bottom impressed seal mark in the shape of a double gourd. Probably Karatsu ware. Japan, 18th century.
Comes with wooden storage box that is not original to the piece.
Height 11 1/8 in. (28.2 cm), diameter ca. 9 in. (23 cm).
Two old thin cracks running down from the mouth.
Double hinged shrine with multiple sculptures, forming a mandala around the Amida sanzon. In the back row sits in the middle Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, flanked by Kannon and Seishi bosatsu. In the front stand Jizo bosatsu and Fudo Myoo. On the inside of the doors are also two sculptures, which is very unusual. On the left one of the four guardian kings, probably Komokuten, on the right possibly Uhodoji. The zushi must have been composed to a very specific order. The combination of deities is not a very usual one. Also the numerous attempts to repair broken pieces and re-gild the diminishing shine show that the piece held an important place. On top of the zushi two eyelets, so that the shrine could be hung. No traces, however, indicate that the eyelets were really used. Japan, 19th century.
Height 9 ¼ in. (23.9 cm), width 11 5/16 in. (29.1 cm), depth 4 9/16 in. (11.8 cm).
Case: few dents in lacquer, esp. on one side, hinges somewhat loose. Figures: attributes missing (Kannon, Fudo), hands missing (Jizo, Uhodoji), foot missing (Jizo, Fudo), figures re-gilded at later age, lacquer chips. Generally good condition but needs careful handling.
Hanging scroll with the portrait of one of the poets, sitting in court dress, a black garment with a long white sash, holding a wooden mace. The black garment, with red liner, is delicately decorated with flowers between waving lines. The sash also decorated with stylized flower shapes. Tosa style. Signature at bottom: Yuho Issho ga. Red seal: Issho no in. Colors on silk. Japan, early 19th century.
Painted area: 23 5/16 x 10 13/16 in. (39.7 x 27.9 cm). Total length 57 in. (146.5 cm).
Three restored holes in silk (not in image), otherwise very good condition. Mounting fairly modern and in excellent condition. Bone scroll ends.
Very small shrine with inside a Shaka triad, consisting of Buddha Shakyamuni in the company of Aizen Myoo (left) and Fudo Myoo (right). Shakyamuni sitting on a bed of leaves positioned on a rock, Aizen and Fudo are seated on their usual thrones, positioned on the rock, somewhat lower than Shaka. Wood with polychrome decoration with gilded metal ornaments. The right door dated Anei 2 (1773), as the year of its initiation. The back of the zushi inscribed with red lacquer, stating the year Meiwa 9 (1772) as year of manufacture. The name of the donor has been erased, as part of the inscription on the inside of the left door has been partially erased. Paper label on the bottom: # 120. MADE IN JAPAN.
Height case: 3 1/2 inches.
Case: Some lacquer chips at back at bottom, at edges, otherwise good condition. Sculpture: Attributes to Fudo are missing, otherwise excellent condition.
Shrine with a finely carved sculpture of the Bodhisattva Benten, sitting with crossed legs on a throne made of lotus leaves. She holds her two hands folded together in front of her face. In her hair there is a small shinto torii, her typical headdress. She sits in front of a disc shaped mandorla. Polychrome decorated (hair and mouth) wood with ornaments in gilded metal. Japan, 19th century.
Height case: 8 1/4 inches (20.5 cm).
Case: Traces of usage (lacquer partly cracked along seams, some small dents and some lacquer chips, especially along lower edge of reverse. Figure: Chip at tip of scarf on right, scarf broken in 2 spots and repaired, otherwise very good condition.