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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1315564 (stock #10817)
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Small and elegant sentoku, or yellow bronze, urn-shaped vase on four feet that raise up as nyoi scepters. The sentoku covered with a darker brown patina with hand painted black spots, imitating smoke and grime traces. Art deco feeling. Japan, Showa era, 1930s. Unmarked.

H 6 inches

Few superficial rubbed spots on body, pin-prick dent in one of the raised lines on shoulder.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1314781 (stock #10816)
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Watercolor drawing on aquarelle paper of a Shinto shrine entrance and a stone lantern in a forest. Signed at bottom right H. Kato. Stamped number and original price in yen on verso. Japan, 1920s.

H 20.25 x W 13.5 inches

Slightly yellowed due to newspaper backing inside frame, otherwise fine condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1311132 (stock #10815)
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$75.00
Small stoneware sake bottle, imitating a bentwood container. Sparsely decorated with plant motifs and the seam of a bentwood container. Neck and shoulder with dripping green glaze. Mino ware, Oribe style, Japan, Showa era, ca. 1970.

H 5 ½ inches.

Tiny chip on inner lip

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1980 item #1311128 (stock #10814)
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Earthenware tray-like vessel in the shape of a basket with handle. On one side with triangular openings. The right half covered with the typical green glaze, covering the handle, as well. The handle is engraved, so as to simulate a rattan wrapped handle. The inside on the left decorated with a fisherman in a boat and plants in brown glaze. The outside decorated with geometric motifs. Standing on three small feet. Signed with a single character on the side (underglaze) and with the same character engraved in the bottom. Japan, Showa era, dated 1976.

L 9 ½ x W 7 x H ca. 4 inches.

Excellent condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1309132 (stock #10813)
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Almost square silk fukusa or ceremonial cloth with a brocade weave design in black, white, red and silver-gray silk threads on a ground of gold brocade weave. The design shows an open fan painting with a dancing crane and short text with seal. The text states that the design is after a painting by Takeuchi Seiho (1864 -1942) and ends with Seiho’s red seal from the 1940s. Reverse decorated in brocade weave with a shippo design. Brown silk tassels. Japan, Showa era, mid-20th century.

H 16 x W 16 ½ inches.

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1309125 (stock #10812)
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Virtually square silk fukusa ceremonial cloth with a hand-embroidered design in colored silk threads and gold and silver of Ebisu and Daikoku playing a game of go during the New Year’s celebrations. Embroidery is partially in relief.The reverse is plain red silk. Golden-brown silk tassels. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

H 27 ¼ x W 27 inches.

Black silk threads on the go board partially missing, some loose black silk thread on Daikoku’s bag, some rubbing of the embroidery, all in all still very good condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1309123 (stock #10811)
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Almost square silk fukusa or ceremonial cloth, with design of chrysanthemums in a circle, embroidered in purple, green silks and gold thread. Reverse red silk with a family crest in gold thread. Silk tassels in orange and gold. Japan, probably Taisho or Showa era, 20th century.

H ca. 14 ½ x W 13 inches.

Two horizontal creases from storage, otherwise fine condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1960 item #1309120 (stock #10810)
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Pair of almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloths, with design of a pair of cranes standing in the clouds, in gold and silver brocade. One green silk, one orange-red silk. Silk tassels in orange, gold and white. Japan, probably Taisho or Showa era, 20th century.

H 14-1/8 x W 13 inches.

Two tassels missing, otherwise fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1308267 (stock #10809)
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Almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloth, with hand-painted (yuzen dye-technique) and embroidered (silk, god and silver thread) decoration of a garden landscape around a house in spring. Possibly a scene from the Tale of Genji. Reverse covered with bright red silk cloth decorated in brocade weave with cranes, chrysanthemums, bamboo, pine and shippo design. Silk tassels. Japan, Meiji era, probably early 20th century.

H 26 ½ x W 25 inches.

One tassel missing, one sharp central fold bending some silver threads, otherwise fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1308242 (stock #10808)
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Tall tokkuri or bottle for serving sake. Gray stoneware with cream colored, finely crackled glaze on body and typical green glaze on mouth. Seto region, Oribe ware, Japan early to mid 19th century.

H 9 inches.

Excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1306274 (stock #10804)
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Almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloth. Silk decorated with a hand-painted (yuzen dye-technique) autumn landscape with waterfalls, overlaid by an opened fan – in woven brocade, hand-stitched colored silk and gold embroidery and painting techniques– decorated with the poet Kakinomoto Hitomaro on an engawa between scattered momiji leaves and ivy in autumnal colors. Reverse decorated with a tachibana crest in stencil-dye technique. Silk and gold-thread tassels. Japan, Meiji era, probably early 20th century.

H 28 x W 26 ¼ inches.

Some foxing and other stains, consistent with use and storage, otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1306194 (stock #10803)
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Mounted painting of the first sunrise of the New Year over low waves. Mineral colors on silk. Very liquid painting style. Signed and with artist’s seal. Japan, Showa period, 1950s-1960s.

Image H 44 ½ x W 13 ¾ inches.

Scroll ends top and bottom cut off, some wrinkles, painting self in very good condition. NOT framed.

This type of painting would only be shown during the two weeks around New Year.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1920 item #1304868 (stock #10802)
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Dark bronze crucifix. In the center, on a wheel with spokes in the shape of fleur-de-lys, in yellow bronze a seated figure with hands brought together in prayer, looking like a Buddhist deity and like a devout Christian. Reverse not worked. Japan, Meiji era or earlier.

H ca. 9 ¾ x W ca. 7 ½ inches

A very similar piece is exhibited in the Ikitsuki Museum on Ikitsuki, near Hirado, Kyushu.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1304775 (stock #10799)
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Stoneware sculptural vessel. A large lotus leaf folded into Hotei's treasure bag, a lotus stem functioning as a cord closing the bag. From a tear in the leaf a crab emerges, chasing another crab that is holding a golden piece. Brown thick stoneware, like Tokoname, with some touches of gold enamel. Signed at bottom (illegible). Japan, 20th century.

H 7 inches.

Mint condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1301935 (stock #10798)
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Hand scroll with twenty separate images of men and women entering in a contest of size of their respective genitals and of stamina. Referees are running around in colorful garments. The worn out men are getting drunk and giddy. Then comes the measuring and the women gloriously win. Black ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Unsigned. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

Scroll: H 8 ¼ x L ca. 231 inches. Each image: ca. 6 ½ x 9 ½ inches.

Few minor traces of usage, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1301919 (stock #10797)
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Round, cast bronze mirror, with the design of the central turtle and two cranes touching beaks, underneath a large pine tree. Surrounding them are chrysanthemums, a minogame and three young cranes. This is an image of the island Horai, symbol of longevity. Towards the lower right, against the edge the auspicious words ‘tenka ichi’. Silvered bronze. Japan, Meiji period, late 19th or early 20th century.

Diameter: 4-7/8 inches; height: ca. ½ inch.

Fine condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301892 (stock #10796)
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Hanging scroll. A circle on a black background, divided into ten sections around a white central circle that holds the character ‘shin’, meaning heart or soul. The ten sections represent the ten realms that are the ten possibilities of rebirth. On top the four realms of enlightened beings: Buddhas, Boshisattvas, arhats and pratyeka Buddhas. Underneath, the six realms (rokudo): Heavenly beings, humans, militant demons (ashura), animals, hungry ghosts and hell. Ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on paper. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.

Image: 29 ¼ x W 21 inches. Mounting: 44 ¼ x 26 ½ inches. Silver scroll ends decorated with cut out peonies on rocks mounted over a sentoku core.

Punch hole in bottom, stabilized by mounting, few small rubbed spots, dent in scroll end.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301819 (stock #10795)
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Hanging scroll. Five stages of decay of a noble woman, starting with a very young beauty, through the stages of married life, old age, death until nothing but bones are left. Usually, nine stages are shown, elaborating on the stages after death, called kusozu (pictures of the nine aspects). Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

Image: H 34 ½ x W 12 inches. Mounting: 52 ¾ x 16 ¾ inches.

Very fine painting. Few light stains, pigments slightly rubbed here and there, otherwise fine condition. One scroll end missing.