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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1121946 (stock #ALib09)
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Crossman, Carl L., The China Trade. Export Paintings, Furniture, Silver and other Objects, The Pyne Press: Princeton 1972. Hardcover with d/j. XII+275 pp. with many illustrations in b/w and color. (d/j rather worn, inside good condition)
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1980 item #1121921 (stock #ALib32)
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Schuster, Felicia and Cecilia Wolseley, Vases of the sea. Far Eastern porcelain and other treasures. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons 1974. Hard cover binding with dust jacket.
Book on vases from China and from Japan made of porcelain, bronze, jade and cloisonne, and also a chapter on ivory and on lacquer. Numerous color illustrations.
Few unimportant traces of usage on the dust jacket, all in all in near new condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1970 item #1121917 (stock #ALib31)
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Hobson, R.L., The wares of the Ming dynasty. Rutland/Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle Company 1962. With dust jacket and with card board slip case. 1st edn. Little tear in back of dust jacket, all in all in near new condition.
Book on ceramics and porcelain with 9 color plates, 50 b/w plates, hand drawn marks, etc.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #1120047 (stock #10654)
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Hand scroll with scenes from the ‘Night parade of the hundred demons’. The first scenes shows a cat and dogs, followed by a scene with ghosts and demons feasting at a mansion, from where numerous scenes shows a parade formed of all kinds of ghostly monsters and demons, being stopped by the rising sun over a rocky island in the last scene. The scroll is built up from different scenes that seem to be remnants of a much longer scroll that was deteriorated, the badly damaged sections being cut out. The last scene of the rising sun over an rock island. Signature at the very end “Choshi Unzan Yoshinobu hitsu”. Kano school. Japan, 18th century.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm) Length: 484-1/4 inches (1230 cm).

Comes with fitting kiribako. No inscription.

A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.

The scroll is probably a copy of or inspired by the hyakki yako scroll that is housed in the Daitokuji temple in Kyoto. The order of the scenes in our scroll is probably a bit mixed up.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1120044 (stock #10653)
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The messenger of the Dragon King of the Sea, holding up a tide ruling jewel. Very rare tagayasan (cassia wood) carved base in the shape of a three-clawed dragon, surrounded by waves that carry the tide ruling jewel, a virtually clear rock crystal ball. Tagayasan base carved and composed in yosegi saiku technique, which is commonly applied in Buddhist sculpture. The base covered in nashiji lacquer. Japan, Edo period, around 1800. Unsigned.
Total height: Circa 8.5 inches . Diameter of ball: 4 inches (10 cm).
Few burned spots, several breaks and losses in the base, due to the nature of the wood. The crystal is virtually clear with very few inclusions (two kinds) and with a few blemishes to surface.

Tagayasan is extremely difficult to carve, as the structure of the wood makes it very brittle, even though tagayasan is considered a hardwood. But the play of the dark and light lines make it extremely beautiful. Tagayasan is usually used for smaller carvings as netsuke, very rarely for larger sculptures.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1112251 (stock #10652)
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A pair of slightly abstracted foxes, sitting at their haunches, tails curled wound their feet, their heads turned upwards, as they are gazing at the moon. Patinated bronze. Each of them engraved on the bottom ‘Kozan’ in archaic script. Brown patinated bronze with roughened surface. Japan, mid 20th century.
Comes with tomobako, the cover inscribed on the outside tsuki miru kitsune (foxes looking at the moon) and stamped seido sei (made of bronze); the cover signed and sealed on the inside Kozan saku, Kozan.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm).
A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.

The signature Kozan belongs to the artist Sakai Kozan, who was active in Takaoka during the Showa period, mid to late 20th century. The Sakai bronze manufacture is still active today.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1970 item #1098404 (stock #10650)
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Group of four altar pieces: One larger altar table, wood, red, ochre and black lacquer, and gilded at the front and top. Two smaller altar tables, wood, red, ochre and black lacquer and gilded at front ant top. Japan, later Showa period. One of the smaller stands earlier 20th century.
Larger table 14 ¾ in. long x 5 in. high x 4 ¾ in. deep; smaller tables each ca. 11 in. long x 4 ¾ in. high x 3 ½ in. deep.
All with slight, but unoffending traces of usage, very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #1098300 (stock #10649)
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Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From seven points rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably later 20th century.
Total length of each: ca. 11 inches.
Excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1950 item #1098273 (stock #10648)
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Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From sevenpoints rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably 1950 or a little earlier.
Total length of each: ca. 7 inches.
One triangular ornament bent, but not broken, otherwise excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1060677 (stock #10647)
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Very rare bronze sculpture of Daiitoku, one of the five Myoo. He is represented with six heads (three large, three small), six legs and six arms that are holding the different attributes, while he is sitting on the back of a reclining buffalo. Here, Daiitoku holds two of his hands clasped together. In the others he holds a staff, chakra, sword and trident. Mandorla with flames stuck into the back of the buffalo. Brown bronze with green corrosion. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: ca. H 12.25 x L 9 x W 7 inches (ca. 31.75 x 22.8 x 17.75 cm).
Tips of the top flames on the mandorla missing and a bit bent, otherwise excellent condition.

Daiitoku (Sanskrit Yamantaka) is an emanation of Amida Buddha; he is positioned in the West; the white buffalo is a symbol of enlightenment; he has the power to eliminate evil and to establish goodness and to defeat poisonous snakes and dragons.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1060479 (stock #10646)
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Original wooden sign board for an optician (Nakatani). The central image is a pince-nez with real convex lenses set in the wood. The sign is advertising all kinds of eye glasses, concave, convex and flat lenses. Japan, Meiji period. Original piece, from the period, no reproduction.
Measurements of wood: H 13 x W 18 x T 1 inches (ca. 33 x 45.75 x 2.5 cm); height with hanging loops: 14 3/8 inches (36.5 cm).
Weathering, paint losses, usual chips and dents, some warping, all in all very good condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Pre 1930 item #1060337 (stock #10644)
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Very unusual pair of komainu or guardian dogs to a Shinto or Buddhist shrine. The left one with the mouth open and drooping ears, the right one with its mouth closed and with the ears perked up. Very fine and smooth bronze cast with rich brown patination. Makers mark engraved into the bottoms. The name consists of a single character that can be read in a variety of ways: Yasushi, but also Hiroshi, Yutaka, Toru or Akira; followed by “saku” or “made by”. Japan, early 20th century.
Height: left 9 inches, right 9.1 inches (22.8 and 23.2 cm).
Excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1060247 (stock #10643)
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Small Buddhist shrine, containing a wooden sculpture of Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, standing in waves, while holding a bowl of tide ruling jewels in his hands. On his back, its head resting on Ryujin’s head, sits a dragon. With its claws holding on to Ryujin’s shoulders and waist. Soft wood with decoration in black, colors and gold. On the back signed: Komatsugawamachi Inose saku. Bottom of zushi inscribed with a number (). Japan, Meiji period or very late Edo.
Case: height 8.25, width 4, depth 3.75 inches (21 x 10.3 x 9.5 cm).
Sculpture: few small chips and repairs. Zushi: Traces of usage, conform the age and use of such shrines - lacquer chips, cracks, dents and abrasions. Both shrine and sculpture in very good shape over all.

Very rare subject matter.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1050840 (stock #10642)
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Study of a human skull in a soft metal alloy, most likely lead, perhaps pewter. Heavy. Along the temples slightly raised striation. The piece has been handled a lot and used and paper weight, which accounts for the abrasions and dents. Signature in raised technique, imitating an inlaid plaque. Japan, 19th century.
Height: 1 ¾ inches; length: 2 ½ inches.
Abrasions and nicks, due to the softness of the material. All in all excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1049793 (stock #10641)
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Canister of sorts, perhaps for tea, perhaps for candy, made of molded and lacquered papier-mache, in the shape of the lucky dwarf Fukusuke, wrapped in a black overcoat, over red pants, decorated with snow covered pine branches. His large head above his knees. He wears an oddly shaped hat that functions as the cover of the container. Glass eyes inlaid in his face, a metal edge inserted on the top. The material used indicates that the container was made for export. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: 5 ½ inches.
Material around metal edge retracting, some restoration, very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1045502 (stock #10637)
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Wooden group of Shomen Kongo, the green faced diamond deity in 8-armed configuration, standing before a flaming mandorla, accompanied by two children. Shomen Kongo tramples on two demon figures, the whole group standing on rocks, placed on a rectangular base. In his eight hands he holds a trident, sword, bow, arrows, something unidentifiable that should have been a rope (lower left hand) and an object that replaces the cakra (upper left hand). Shomen’s features: Third eye; in his crown the head of a monkey, the monkey being his messenger; skull necklace on his chest; snakes around his waist, wrists and ankles and a tiger skin bound around his waist. The boys are carrying a cup and flask(?). Polychromed wood, eyes of Shomen inlaid, crown gilded copper. Bronze fittings around corners of base, engraved with flowers. Japan, Edo period, 18/19th century.
Approximate measurements height: 29 inches; width: 15 ½ inches; depth: 11 inches.
Restaurations, few breaks, few missing tips, few lacquer chips.

Shomen Kongo originally was a plague spreading demon, but after converting to Buddhism, he became a guardian against wild animals, sickness and love spreading demons and wild weather deities. In the Edo period, he was venerated as a guardian against tuberculosis.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1041738 (stock #10636)
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Rare sculpture of a bronze elephant, reclining holding up his head and throwing his trunk up in the air. Traces of former gilding. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Length: 7 ½ inches; height: 6 ¾ inches.
Few scratches on bottom, excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1910 item #1041557 (stock #10635/10212)
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1) Stoneware incense box or kogo in the shape of an onna daruma (female daruma). She sits in the typical way, all rolled up in her garment, indicating that arms and legs may have fallen off. Her face shows striking similarity to Okame. Cream colored and reddish brown glaze over whitish soft clay, the face left partially free, fine crackle in the glaze. Japan, Meiji period.
2) Stoneware incense box or kogo in the shape of Daruma, wrapped in his reddish garment, his face peeing out of the garment, looking up. Cream colored and red glaze with some black accents over a whitish soft clay, the face left partially free, strong, but very fine crackle in the glaze. Raku stamp on the inside. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: ca. 1 ½ inches each.
Condition:
1) Outer edge of lower part with tiny frittings and chips, two tiny glaze chips along the lines of the crackle (hardly visible). Generally very good condition. 2) On the back tiny pieces of glaze missing between the crackle lines, otherwise excellent condition.