Stone stupa, or gorinto, made of four pieces, stacked loosely on top of each other. Momoyama period, 16th century.
Height approx. 24 in. (60 cm).
Tip of top part with chip, otherwise very good condition.
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).
Rare pair of shrine guardians in the shape of foxes, both sitting on a two tiered elevation. The right one holds a moving jewel in its mouth, the left one a stick. Middle brown, dense wood with a beautiful patina where hands touched the backs and heads of the foxes and the bases. Red staining on inside of ears, inside the mouths, in nostrils. Crystal eyes. Bases made of the same wood. Bases inscribed: Hono, Osaka, shinshachu (in faith of mankind); Hokkinin (sponsors), Osaka, Minami Horie, jogo: one base with the name Umezaki Jisaburo, the other with the name Shimezaka Jihei. The bottoms of the bases signed in black ink: Sowajima … minami … Shitakawa Yasujiro chokoku (carved by Shitakawa Yasujiro). Japan, Meiji period.
Height with base: ca. 27 in. (ca. 70 cm), height base: ca. 9 ¾ in. (ca. 25 cm).
Fox with jewel: short crack at right hindpaw, cracks in the body that show less or worse, depending on temperature/humidity, few abrasion and chips at feet. Fox with stick: cracks in the body that show less or worse, depending on temperature/humidity, few abrasion and chips at feet, stick of later date. All in all very good condition.
Minami Horie is a district in Osaka, west of the quarter of Minami, where the bunraku, kabuki and no theaters are. The pieces must have been standing in front of a Shinto shrine that no longer exists today.
Very unusual tall vase with short neck and everted rim, decorated with a drinking scene. A green eyed cat, dressed in a striped kimono holds out a giant sake cup and is being served by a white mouse in female attire. He is attended by two more mice in female dress, who take care of the food on a small table. Decoration in enamel and gold on a finely crackled celadon glaze. The background sprinkled with gold flakes. The shoulder and the high foot are decorated in stylized flower designs. The everted rim decorated with cherry blossoms. Unknown kiln/region. Japan, late Meiji or Taisho period.
Height 11 inches (28 cm).
Restoration at rim, hole drilled in bottom (formerly mounted as lamp). Otherwise excellent condition.
Excellent writing box, or suzuribako, in high gloss black lacquer, decorated with inlay of thin strips and thin pieces of mother-of-pearl. On the cover a heron is fishing on one leg between flowering iris and water lilies. On the inside of the cover more iris and a butterfly. The inside of the lower section decorated on the outside with carnation. On the inside flowering water lilies and iris. The water dropper in bronze with copper colored patina, in the shape of a carp. Rims of lower part and of cover mounted in silver. Bottom of lower segment signed (signature inlaid in mother-of-pearl and seal mother-of-pearl inlaid into red lacquer: Gazan saku; Gazan. Japan, Taisho period. Ink stick and two brushes (contemporary) included.
Comes with its original tomobako, signed and sealed on inside of cover: Kimura Gazan saku, red seal: Gazan. Inscribed on the outside in black ink: Gosuzuribako and moriwaka/tojaku (?) moyo raden (design inlaid in mother-of-pearl).
10 5/8 x 9 1/8 x 2 ¼ in. (27 x 23.1 x 5.1 cm)
Kimura Gazan was a Taisho period lacquer artist. No further information was found on the artist.
Small sculpture of the bodhisattva Myoken, standing on the back of a giant turtle with a dragon-like head, the tail of long algae standing up. Myoken is leaning on his long sword. Myoken is the deity of the Polar Star and of the Big Dipper. Simple wooden carving, covered with a thick layer of soot, which hides any original staining or coloring. On top of the soot details have been outlined in gold at a later date. The sculpture is mounted on a wooden base. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Height without base: 10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm).
Head of turtle broken off and restored with wooden pegs (earlier date), Myoken re-glued to back of the turtle, sword replaced. All in all good condition.
Two stacks of each 5 flat boxes or trays for storing kozuka, fuchi-kashira or other small and flat objects, the tops both covered with a lid. Both stacks stand on a rectangular bottom plate, tied with a braided silk rope. Shitan (sandal wood). Meiji period, around 1900.
Bottom plate: 9 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. (25 x 21.8 cm). Each tray 8 3/8 x 4 ¾ x 1 1/16 in. (21.4 x 12.1 2.8 cm).
Bottom plate with split, traces of re-gluing at the trays, braid virtually worn down, minor warping of the sides of the trays, one short crack in one cover, one cover coming loose. All in all good condition with minor traces of usage.
Cylindrical incense box with a domed lid. Sides and top are decorated with a spray of chrysanthemums in gold and silver togidashi on a background of okibirame. Bottom and inside in dense nashiji. Unsigned. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height 1 in. (2.5 cm); diameter 3 in. (7.5 cm).
Lacquer somewhat dry due to exposure, two tiny bubbles on the bottom, otherwise good condition. On the inside of cover traces of paper label and one paper label.
Inventory number in red lacquer on bottom and inside of lid: 48.110-A and –B. Ex collection Toledo Museum of Art.
Molded bugaku mask of an old, bald man, laughing. The mask has been made of paper mache or wood pulp. The inside lined with two or more layers of textile. The face stained black, the lips of the open mouth and the gums red, the teeth white. Japan, late Edo or early Meiji period.
An attentive client identified the character as Heishitori or wine bearer, in the dance Kotokuraku.
Height 11 3/8 in. (29 cm), width 7 ¼ in. (18.5 cm), depth 4 in. (10 cm).
Two old thin cracks at the man’s left temple (the upper one with old restoration), few very superficial chips at the rim (reverse) and patch of cloth chipped away on the inside. Otherwise good and stable 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.
Silk kimono decorated in yuzen technique with design of flowering stalks. Bamboo, cherry blossom and marigold. On the stalks small beetles crawl up. Outlines of flowers in silver. Inside partly lined with red silk. Japan, Showa period, mid 20th century.
Length 66 in. (168 cm), sleeve to sleeve 49 ½ in. (126 cm).
Few light stains, one torn seam at sleeve (ca. 2 in.), one small moth hole in seam of other sleeve, otherwise good condition.
Obi (sash) with design on both sides. One side taupe colored silk embroidered in brown, murasaki, pink, green and blue with a design of bamboo leaves and matsukawabishi. The other side decorated in silver and some colored silk on murasaki colored silk with an intricate design of a river bank with stone barricades, containers and vegetation: bamboo, pine, chrysanthemums and momiji. The end of the obi marked with two strokes of gold thread. Japan, early Showa period.
Length 151 ¾ in. (385.5 cm).
Two water stains on the taupe side of the obi. The gold threads that mark the end of theobi coming loose. Few silver threads coming looses. Generally good condition.