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.
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.
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.
Funa dansu of the kakesuzuri type. Behind a single hinged door at the front there are two full width drawers, one small drawer and two middle sized ones with locks. Although the exterior of this type of ship’s chests was usually made of sugi or kiri wood, this one is made of the much harder, and more expensive, keyaki wood. Drawers made of the softer, kiri wood. Iron handle on the top. Door, corner and edges fitted with sturdy and very decorative ironwork, ornamental lock. Japan, 19th century.
H 19, W 16 ¼ , D 19 ½ inches (48 x 41.4 x 49.5 cm).
Traces of usage (stains, dents, scratches), some of the iron ware reattached or replaced or missing, 4 bottom ledgers re-attached or perhaps replaced. All damages acceptable as traces of usages. All replacements acceptable as necessary maintenance. All in all very good condition. NO KEYS.
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Funa dansu are strong boxes used by sea men. They were supposed to carry business papers, money, writing supplies, seals and other personal things. They are small in comparison to chests that were used on land. The earlier ones are rather simple. At the height of their popularity they were made of the expensive and durable woods keyaki (zelkova) and kiri (paulownia). Due to the nature of their use, all funa dansu have traces of usage.
Fairly massive stone figure of the deity Fudo Myoo, standing straight before his flaming mandorla, holding up his sword in his right hand, the rope in his left. Sandstone. Japan, 19th century.
Measurements approximately: height 26 in., width 13 ¾ in., depth 7 in. (65 x 35 x 18 cm).
Damage two places at the top of the mandorla, some haircracks in the surface of body and of the mandorla, surface of feet rubbed. All in all very good condition.
Hair pin, or kanzashi. Lacquered tortoise-shell, decorated in sprinkled red, green and gold lacquer (hiramakie, takamakie), with a stylised wave pattern. The reverse with a diagonally divided pattern of square wells, in gold lacquer on a red ground. Signed Shinzan. Japan, 19th century.
Length 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), width of head 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm).
Painting of the Wisteria Maiden (Fujihime or Fujimusume), wearing a wide rimmed black hat and holding a branch of flowering wisteria over her shoulder. In the group of Otsu-e figures, she is a fairly late addition. Images of her were sold as charms for good marriages. Painted on paper in black and white and bright orange, blue and green. Japan, early 19th century.
16 ¼ x 11 ½ in. (40.9 x 29.2 cm).
Paper browned, esp. at margins, somewhat rubbed and creased, some water damage at right margin, green color flaking, tape residue and tape at upper corners verso, stamped in lower right corner verso: JAPAN. Condition as to be expected.
Japanese Buddhist scroll painting with the image of Amida raigo, the descent of Amida Buddha from the Western Paradise to earth. He comes down to transport the newly deceased devotee to the Western Paradise. In the middle Amida, to his right the bodhisattva Seishi, hands folded in prayer, to his left Kannon holding the lotus throne for transporting the deceased to Paradise. A ray of light comes from Amida’s urna. All three figures are standing on lotus thrones, floating on white clouds. They are surrounded by a dark indigo blue background with scattered flowers that seems to be tumbling around in the sky. The outlines of the figures finely done in red. The garments of all three decorated in very fine flower and geometric designs in gold. Japan, 18th century.
Painted area: 37 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (95.3 x 41.9 cm). Total height: 75 1/2 in. (191.7 cm).
Some paint rubbed off (mainly in flowers), some scratches in blue background, partly retouched (minimally), basically very good condition. Modern, Chinese mounting.
Hanging scroll with the image of Buddha standing on a dragon fish, holding a iron bowl in his hands. Next to him a garuda deity folding his hands, while holding long ceremonial sword across his arms. The Buddha and the fish in the water, bird deity standing on low swirling clouds. Around the shoulders a red mantle with manji motive in silver with traces of gold. Also gold and silver on details of the sword. Brilliant colors on paper. China, 18th century. Possibly Korean. Mounted above the painting is a inscription, describing the subject and dating the piece to a cyclic year. Ivory scroll ends. China, possibly Korea, 18th century.
Painted area: 15 x 11 2/8 in. (38.6 x 29.1 cm). Colophone: 9 13/16 x 11 3/8 in. (25.2 x 29.3 cm). Total length of mounting: 78 3/8 in. (200.5 cm)
Missing areas along edges and in the painted area, backed. Over all good very condition.
Set of 5 Japanese deep red lacquer plates decorated with three gold foil squares (ichimatsu-e). Japan, ca. 1990.
Diameter: 6 ¾ in. (17.5 cm); height: ¾ in. (2 cm).
In fitted wooden box, inscribed on the lid in black script Meimei sara 5, ichimatsu-e (5 plates with chequered pattern), and with circular red seal imprint inside lid of box.
Size of box 17 3/8 x 17 3/8 x 3 9/16 in. (19 x 19 x 9.2 cm).
One dish with tiny scratches to edge, otherwise perfect condition.
Pieces located in Europe.
Set of 5 Japanese dishes of lacquered wood, lacquered in 5 different colours. The wood grain clearly visible on both sides of the paper-thin circular dishes. Each surface covered in a different colour: deep dark brown, deep red, light red, deep green and light brown. Each dish signed in lacquer within the foot ring with a seal reading “sa” (?). Japan, made ca. 1988.
Diameter: 5 ¾ in. (14.8 cm); height: 1 1/16 in. (2.8 cm.
In cardboard box with red label reading KanKan. Size 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (16.4 x 16.4 x 6.8 cm).
Pieces located in Europe.
Set of 5 Japanese lacquered wood dishes of square lobed shape decorated with red and green narrow stripes. The cypress wood grain clearly visible on both sides of the dishes. Each dish signed at the underside in red lacquer with a seal shaped as a stylised elephant, indicating the known Kyoto lacquer workshop “Zohiko”. Made ca. 1988.
4 11/16 x 4 11/16 x 3/4 in.(12.1 x 12.1 x 2 cm).
In wooden box, inscribed on the lid “Thread pattern” (itomaki), signed inside the lid “Heian Zohiko” and with red circular seal “Zohiko”. Size 5 11/16 x 5 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (14.7 x 14.7 x 7.2 cm).
Pieces located in Europe.
Hanging scroll with the portrait of one of the poets, sitting in court dress, a black garment with a long white sash, holding a wooden mace. The black garment, with red liner, is delicately decorated with flowers between waving lines. The sash also decorated with stylized flower shapes. Tosa style. Signature at bottom: Yuho Issho ga. Red seal: Issho no in. Colors on silk. Japan, early 19th century.
Painted area: 23 5/16 x 10 13/16 in. (39.7 x 27.9 cm). Total length 57 in. (146.5 cm).
Three restored holes in silk (not in image), otherwise very good condition. Mounting fairly modern and in excellent condition. Bone scroll ends.