Gilded bronze plaque in the shape of two mighty celestial dragons whirling around a flaming jewel in the clouds. The dragons chased in high relief with excellent details, the background decorated in nanako, the tama in red copper with traces of gilding mounted into the middle of the plaque. The whole mounted on a bronze back plate with two eyelets for hanging. Probably used as a temple decoration. Japan, mid Edo period.
Width 9 ¼ inches (23.5 cm), height 8 ¼ inches (20.9 cm).
Tama rubbed and slightly dented, green corrosion in the gold, excellent condition.
Container to carry tobacco in the shape of a yawning and stretching Daruma. The body is made of kiri (Paulownia) wood, while the arms and the face, which can be removed and functions as the cover, are made of a light brown, much denser wood. ‘In front of’ Daruma (inlaid in his belly) a scepter and an alms bowl. The two holes in the top of his head are lined with bone rings and his fists are to hold the cord, now missing. Eyes inlaid with black horn or glass. Japan, Meiji period, 19th century.
Height: 4.5 inches (11 cm).
Slight traces of usage. Basically very good condition.
Circular black lacquer box with slightly domed lid. The cover inlaid in mother-of-pearl pieces with a design of two human beings standing together. The black lacquer is crackled showing s reddish brown color in the crackle and along the rims. Korea, Yi dynasty, 18/19th century.
Comes with Japanese fitted box with insect damage and with silk pouch.
Height: ca. 1 3/16 inch (3.4 cm); diameter: 3 5/8 inches (9.3 cm).
Cover broken in two and well restored.
Staff carved out of one piece of a hard species of wood. On the top crouches a female figure with long hair, the arms wrapped around her body. The tip is a lighter middle brown while the rest is patinated a dark brown. Probably used in Shamanistic rites in tribal regions. Himalayans.
Length 16.5 inches (42.5 cm).
Some cracks and chips, nice patina.
A small house or pavilion with a thatched roof behind a wall surrounded by trees. A man, sitting at a table with a book stares into the garden where a crane is standing. Black ink and some red on paper. China, 20th century.
Measurements: 8 7/8 x 11 5/8inches (22.6 x 29.5 cm).
Excellent condition, mounted on album page.
A samurai – Watonai Sankan, or Kashiwade no Hanoshi - in full armour killing a tiger in a bamboo bush. Black ink and some color on paper. Unsigned. The manner and subject matter of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: 15 x 10 5/8 inches (38.2 x 26.9 cm).
Slightly creased, one earmark, backed. Mainly very good condition.
Painting of pine tree hanging over a fast flowing stream. Some flowering plant meandering through the branches. Unsigned. Black ink and some color on paper. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Measurements: 14 x 10 7/8 inches ().
Yellowed, backed wormage, backed.
Portrait of the god of agriculture, holding a turnip in one hand and nibbling on some herbs. Over his shoulder a cape of mugworth leaves. This figure is often described as the god of agriculture, although the mugworth leave cape may indicate that he is a sennin (daoist immortal). Black ink and some color on paper. Red seal at back. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements: ca. 18 x 11 inches (45.9 x 28 cm).
Painted on three pieces of paper glued together. Some dark spots in upper part, few small holes and thinning of paper, mounted at corners.
Large stoneware jar with multi-color dripping glaze over a creamy white crackled glaze. The green is the traditional green of earlier Shigaraki ware, the blue as well, but a variety of brown, red, pink and black have been added to the palette. Inside and bottom covered in brown glaze with yellow spots. Japan, early Showa, 1920-1930s.
Height 17 inches (43.2 cm), diameter at shoulder ca. 17 inches (43.2 cm).
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.
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.
Tea bowl of somewhat irregular shape. Dark brown clay covered in a gray glaze that leaves the lower ¼ of the piece uncovered, the rim and inside covered with a brownish-green glaze. On the outer side a image like a looped line in brownish green covers the gray glaze. A small patch at the inside of the bowl left uncovered. Karatsu ware, Japan, Edo period.
Comes with inscribed tomobako (Egaratsu; chawan, ichiko)and cotton pouch.
H 2.75 inches, diameter 5 inches (6.9 x 12.6 cm).
Small chip in rim repaired in red lacquer.
Mask made of plaster-like material covered with a brown and black lacquer, details in vibrant red. The face belongs to a Buddhist deity who guards off evil and ignorance, such as Fudo Myoo. Japan, first half 20th century.
H 13.4 inches (33.6 cm).
Some chips in the lacquer, showing the underlying plaster, two tips of hair tugs broken off, good condition.
Hanging scroll with image of Shotoku taishi, a mace in the hands, seated on a low platform underneath a curtain. Part of the mounting is painted to imitate brocade. Black ink and mineral colors on silk. Japan, Muromachi period.
Painted area: 37 1/16 x 15 5/16 inches (94.2 x 38.9 cm); total length 73 ¼ inches (186 cm).
Pigment losses, losses in the silk restored, some creasing due to rolling, stable condition.
Comes with double tomobako.
Painting comes with two authentications of the Japan Art Association from 1899. One estimating the piece to be approximately 500 years old. Based on the weave of the silk, the piece should be a little older.
Scroll painting with the image of the Chinese general Kanu, sitting in a seat, reading a manuscript. Behind him stands his brother in arms Chohi, holding his halberd. Black ink and mineral colors on silk. Signed Eihaku. Two read seals: Eihaku and .. (unread). Dated: Keio, year of the rabbit (1867). Japan, 19th century.
Size, including mounting: height 76 inches, width 19 inches.
Very good condition.
Ex coll. Colonel Samuel Victor Constant
Although nothing much is known about Eihaku, he probably is an artist in the late Kano school line. Late Edo, early Meiji period.
Small bronze figure of a guardian or Lokapala. China, Tang dynasty.
H 3.4 inches (8.5 cm).
Very good condition.
Beautiful and elegant chest for keeping tea utensils. From top to bottom: shelf behind four sliding doors, one curved, wave shaped display shelf and one straight shelf, one curved drawer, two shelf behind two sliding doors each. Doors and drawer fronts made of beautiful mulberry veneer. On the insides and backs of doors and drawers there are left and right marks and numbers in black ink, to indicate the right place for each door. The sides of a wood with coarser grain. Japan, Taisho period.
Height 38 in., width 48 ¼ in., depth 11 ¼ inches.
Some damage (dent, scratches) at sides, due to moving/transport, minor wear shelf edges, one crack in the veneer of one of the doors (stabilized by the back-wood). Overall very good condition and splendid piece.
Small bronze model of a horse mackerel and a shrimp. The combination of the two stands for the early summer of May through June. Cast in two pieces and joined together along the belly and the back of the fish. The belly etched a gray shade, eyes, fins and shrimp partially gilded. Japan, late Meiji, early Taisho period.
Length 4.4 inches (11 cm).
Gilding strongly rubbed, as the black etched parts, few dents and scratches, all within the acceptable traces of usage.