Set of five circular black and red dishes, top surface of black lacquer, underside of red lacquer. The wood at the underside decorated with a concentric circle, the wood-grain still visible through the coat of red lacquer. Japan, later 20th century.
Diameter 5 in. (12.8 cm)
In fitted cardboard box, 2 1/8” (H) x 5 5/8” x 5 5/8” (5.5 x 14.2 x 14.2 cm), printed label on the lid reads: NAKANISHI shitsugei (lacquer art, referring to the red and black lacquer). Extra label: GAISHU .. MEIMEI NO SARA (EACH DISH Label inside box read: Musashi no shikkôgei (lacquer handicraft of Musashi).
This set 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.
Bronze vase with relief decoration of long pointy leaves (probably potato leaves) and stem-shaped handles in a style that imitates Art Nouveau. Greenish brown patina. Signature in bottom. Japan, 20th century. Taisho, or early Showa period.
Height ca. 11.25 inches.
Some stains, a little corrosion, otherwise excellent condition.
Fine cylindrical tea bowl of beige-brown colored stoneware, covered with thin gray glaze with white drippings on the outside. Here and there the gray glaze is very thin, allowing the stoneware to shine through in a pinkish hue. Inside practically round shape, outside lightly faceted. Bottom outside left unglazed. Imprinted seal inside foot rim: Asahi. Japan 20th century. H 2 5/8; diam. 4 inches. Slight traces of usage, some very thin glaze cracks. Generally in good condition.
Glass ball on a wooden stand of finely carved and undercut work. The base has been carved in the shape of high foaming waves in which fishes are swimming, and that carry the jewel of the tides. The waves inlaid with little pieces of mother-of-pearl and gold lacquer. Ryujin, the Dragon King, held this jewel to rule the tides. Overall height 7 ¼ inches. Japan, Meiji period. Ball in near-perfect condition (one tiny, shallow scratch), the stand with some repairs and some missing tips on the waves.
Simple but very expressive sculpture of a perched hawk, the eyes turned upwards, cut out of the bamboo root. Brown stained bamboo, black lacquer on base and partly on the back. In the base the number or the year 1810 has been engraved. The pattern of the bamboo very cleverly integated into the pattern of the feathers. Good example of mingei, folk art. H 13 ½ inches. 19th century. Some material cracks. Beautiful patina, very good condition.
Japanese folk art, or mingei, was produced for the common people by the hand of unknown craftsmen. Mingei ranges from household objects to farm utensils to simple sculpture. The material used can be anything from wood to ceramic to textile. It is usually not signed.
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.
Sake jug with a single curved handle that is the spout at the same time. In the top there is a hole for filling the jug and for letting the air out when pouring. Cream colored glaze over a beige colored, fine stone ware, that partly turned brown on the foot ring. The glaze with extensive, fine crackle, partly accentuated with dark gray pigment (‘dirt’). Towards the top and the bottom the jug thickens, imitating the twisted bamboo rope that usually is wound a round the top and bottom of porcelain sake jugs. To accentuate the imitation underglaze diagonal incisions have been made on the protruding bands. Ofuke ware (Nagoya region), Japan, 19th century (Meiji).
Height 8 ¼ in. (21 cm); diameter 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm).
Glaze peeled off on spout and on several spots along edges. Otherwise very good condition.
The basket lacquered with dark brown lacquer.
The basket, woven of natural split bamboo and vines, contains a removable hexagonal flat plate covered on one side with gold leaf and scattered with dark green, brown and black lacquer squares. The glossy gold surface is protected by transparent lacquer. For a different effect the reverse side of the hexagonal plate can be used, it being painted in a rustic style with reddish brown lacquer over a brushed wood ground. Later part of 20th century.
Basket: diameter 7 ¾ in. (19.3 cm), height 1 ½ in. (3.7 cm).
Plate: diameter 6 ¾ in. (17 cm)
Piece located in Europe.
Black and red lacquer bowl with the sides and foot-rim of wood, base of woven bamboo-strips. Interior and outside with a red lacquer base, the sides covered with a thin layer of black lacquer and scratched through with a floral (or peacock’s feather?) design, to reveal the underlying red lacquer. Unlacquered wood foot rim, the bottom of woven bamboo (?), covered with black lacquer. 19th century.
6.3 cm (H) x 17.5 cm (diam.).
Some wear and rubbing, scratches, cracks.
This piece is located in Europe (EC).
Circular black lacquer dish with applied white-gold foil decoration, all surfaces of black lacquer. Applied at the center with a square of white-gold foil, painted in black lacquer with stylized waves. Traces of white-gold brushed into the wood grain. Unsigned. Japan, 20th century (ca. 1990).
Diameter 6 9/16 in. (16.8 cm).
This piece is located in Europe (EC).
Plate with short upstanding rim, or flat bowl with design in underglaze blue that seems to have etched itself into the clay. Thick, fine crackled white glaze in the style of Shino ware. Sketchy design in Chinese style of a deer standing in a landscape with trees. 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?, 19th century.
Diameter 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm), height 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm).
Some abrasions in glaze, piece broken out and re-stuck in rim (length 5 3/8 in.(13.7 cm)). Nice and unusual piece, despite damage.
Kiribako with paper label, merely describing the contents as an underglaze blue flat bowl. Another label describes the contents as in Chinese style (annan).
Small porcelain jar. Thin powder blue glaze over white clay. Over the monochrome blue a decoration of bamboo and pine trees in red, green, black and gold enamels. Over the shoulder meandering flowers in red and gold. The colors of the enamels remind one of Imari ware. Japan 19th century. Height 3 ¾ inches. One small chip at rim, enamels somewhat rubbed, as visible in photos.
Andon magazine, Vol. 11/2, no. 42.
36 pp., 24.5 x 17.5 cm. Paper. English text. Numerous b/w illustrations.
Pulverer, Gerhard, Japanese woodblock prints and impressionism, pp. 31-42;
Groenewegen, Peter, Photography of prints and small objects, pp. 43-49;
Morse, Peter, Additional Drawings in Hokusai’s ‘Hundred Poets’ series, pp. 50-52;
Lane, Richard, Teenage mutant ninja: the book, p. 53;
Kress, Else, Travelling shrine in shape of an inro, p. 54/Front cover;
John Stevenson, Book reviews: Undercurrents in the Floating World, pp. 55-56.
In his very interesting article on Japanese woodblock prints and impressionism, Gerhard Pulverer cites examples from the Hokusai Manga over Edouard Manet and Whistler to Hiroshige, to Gustav Klimt, and to Aubrey Beardsley.
Item location: Europe.
Trede, Melanie, and Julia Meech, Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection. Berlin: Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2006. Softcover.
Catalog of 78 objects from the Weber collection, with essays by Quitman Eugene Phillips, Melanie Trede, Alexander Hoffman, and Terry Satsuki Milhaupt. Numerous color illustrations.
Like new condition
Whang Ji Hyun, Huh Dong Hwa, Cha Su, Die Kunst der koreanischen Stickerei, Sammlung Huh Dong Hwa, Museum für Koreanische Stickerei (Museum of Korean Embroidery, Seoul). With foreword by Roger Goepper. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Koeln, 1987.
136 pp., 39 colour ills., 86 b/w ills.
27.5 x 22 cm. Paper. German text.
The catalogue presents Korean embroidered objects from a private Korean collection. Shown are Buddhist banners, sutra covers and wrappers (kesa), as well as screens, badges of rank (hyungbae) and smaller items such as women’s accessories, various kinds of pouches, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The collector, Mr. Huh Dong Hwa describes the changing styles and materials seen in Korean embroidery over the centuries, as well as the materials and techniques used, and he gives hints concerning handling and care of old embroideries.
Including: Bibliography, Embroidery techniques, Glossary with translation of Korean characters, art-historical and technical terms.
Item location: Europe.
Nakane, Chie, Japanese Society, Pelican Sociology series, Penguin books, 1981 (re-issue from the original from 1970). Standard work on the subject. Pocket issue.
Slight traces of usage, pages yellowed, some pencil remarks, basically good condition.
Ducros Alain, Briot Alain, Paris Edo,
netsuke & sagemono – convention 1994, Catalogue, 1994.
160 pp., 29 x 21 cm. Paper. French / English text Alain Ducros. Japanese summary and list of netsuke, 7 pages, Alain Briot. Numerous colour plates.
Outside cover slightly worn, otherwise perfect condition.
The catalogue is filled with illustrations of approximately 200 netsuke, 50 inro, various pipe cases, tobacco pouches, kiseruzutsu pipe holders, and other items worn hanging from the belt. Also provided are reproductions of pages from design bases, such as the Soken Kisho (1781), and other woodblock-printed books. Enlarged details and signatures are shown separately.
With a preface (French language only) by Guy de Lasteyrie, and introduction by Alain Ducros.
Item location: Europe.