Eijer, Dieuwke, Kagamibuta, Mirrors of Japanese Life and Legend, The Baur Collection / Heinz Kaempfer Fund (Geneva / Leiden), 1994. 95 pages, numerous b/w and color illustrations. Extensive description of the history, materials, techniques of kagamibuta, its subject matter and kagamibuta makers, richly illustrated with excellent photos of pieces from the Baur Collection and from private collections. The appendix contains a list of kagamibuta makers with their signatures and biographic information.
New, in original shrink wrap.
Set of three identical keman, made of gilt bronze. Decorative hangings from a Buddhist temple, possible from a Shinto shrine. Fan-shaped with a design of two pairs of family crests set between karakusa (winding weeds). The knotted cord around the family crest in the center in gilt bronze repoussé. The openwork design is very carefully executed, the details engraved, backgrounds decorated in nanako. From the lower half of each of the frames three solid brass balls are suspended (originally five balls each), in imitation of bells. The chrysanthemum crests could point to the imperial family, the second set of crests show the chrysanthemum with a double plum blossom in the center. Although not identified, it indicates that the family was in a closer relation with the imperial family. The keman were probably hanging in their family temple. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
Height 10 ¾ in. (27.8 cm); width 14 in. (35.6 cm). Height incl. ring and balls 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Some of the eyelets from which the balls were dangling broken and two balls per keman missing (one ball separately), gilding rubbed (on the reverse the gilding is better preserved than on the front), otherwise excellent condition.
Finely carved wooden figure of the bodhisattva Monju, sitting on a lotus throne on the back of a lion. Behind him a finely carve mandorla in ajour. The lion is standing with each foot on a lotus base, mounted on a base plate, his long tail stretched out, almost straight. The figure decorated in green, red and gold lacquer. Japan, Meiji era.
Height to tip of mandorla: 14 in. (35.5 cm); length: 8 ¼ in. (21 cm) ; width: 4 7/8 in. (12.2 cm).
Some lacquer chips at the feet of the base, some tiny, old chips at the mane and at the clothes, unimportant repair at stick of mandorla. All in all very good condition.
Bowl of conical shape. Cream colored stoneware, turning red where glaze did not stick. Cream colored glaze with patches of greenish gray, where the glaze is a little thicker. In these spots the glaze shows a fine crackle. Inside incised with a single circle. Six spur marks. China, Song dynasty.
Height 2 1/8 in. (5.7 cm), diameter 7 in. (17.6 cm).
Two repaired chips, some surface scratches and frittings in the glaze. Basically very good and stable condition.
Wooden figure of a lion, companion to Monju bosatsu, with a lotus base on his back. The lion stands on high and slightly stiff legs, all feet positioned on a small lotus base. On his back the Bodhisattva Monju was seated, today missing. Carving made of several blocks of wood, a technique that is called yosegi saiku and that was widely used for complex sculptures like these. Tail is loose, lotus base is in two segments, loosely joined onto the back with a wooden peg. The rather folky character of it makes it an extremely charming piece. Japan, Muromachi period, 15/16th century.
Height 17 ½ in., length 21 in., depth 6 ½ in. (44.5 x 53 x 17 cm).
Some edges of the different blocks chipped, chip to lotus base, chips to the tips of mane on head and to hair tufts at legs. Basically very good and stable condition.
Set of ten small white porcelain condiment bowls (cups) for kaiseki-style dinner. Each miniature bowl individually shaped with slightly compressed sides and a small spout. With overall white glaze and brown rim, each painted with flowering plants and vegetables in underglaze blue, brown, and black, and with gold lacquer details. Each bowl with seal imprint TÔZAN at the bottom. Japan, 18th/19th century.
Circular base 1 inch diameter (2.5 cm), 1 ½ in. high (4 cm), 2 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. at the rim (5.3 x 6 cm).
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 6.5 (H) x 15 (W) x 36.5 (L) cm.
Inscribed, sealed and signed on the lid (TÔZAN tsukuru = made by) with red seal imprint. Each wrapping cloth stamped with 4 x 2.8 cm red seal imprint TÔZAN.
Items located in Europe.
Set of five black lacquer, circular dishes. Each dish decorated with a plant of the season: flowering plum beside waves, young ferns and grasses, flowering Malvern plant, red maple trees at a hill, and bamboo beside the full moon. All on glossy black lacquer ground, the decoration in shades of gold, silver, red and brown sprinkled lacquer (hiramakie), and with gold powders. Decorations in the style of Ogata Korin. Made for Heiando by Wanyo. Japan, ca. 1985.
Diameter: 6 ½ inches (16.5 cm).
In fitted wooden box, 7 ½ x 7 ½ x 4 inches (19 x 19 x 10.2 cm), inscribed on the lid KÔRIN-sai-gahen-maki-e, ichimonji meimei-sara (Dishes individually decorated in KÔRIN style).
Signed and sealed inside the lid HEIANDÔ & seal Heiandô, and Wanyo (?) & seal Wanyo.
Items located in Europe.
Set of two tokkuri of bulbous shape, one with slightly everting rim. Light brown stoneware, all sides covered with almost transparent glaze with milky streaks. Unglazed clay under finger- and thumb-marks from dipping into glaze. Both with square seal imprint (unread). Attributed to Matsumoto Hiroyuki. Japan, ca. 1985.
Bottle A: h 4 1/8 in, diameter 2 7/8 in. (10.5 and 7.3 cm); bottle B: h 4 3/8 in. diameter 3 1/8 in. (11 and 7.8 cm).
Items located in Europe.
Small box, probably for incense. Square format with rounded corners, flat cover with rounded edges. On the cover against a black lacquer background with some clouds of gold sprinkle, sits a bird on a flowering plum tree. The trunk of the tree and the clouds extend onto the lower part of the box. The plum blossoms in a vibrant red with details in gold. Inside and bottom of box in dense silver togidashi. Japan, late Edo period, 18/19th century.
L 3 5/8”, w 2 5/8”, h 1 1/16” (9.2 x 6.8 x 2.5 cm).
Former paper labels on inside and bottom of lower compartment. Few minor traces of usage, as to be expected.
Inventory numbers in red lacquer: 84.113-A and –B. Ex coll. Toledo Museum of Art.
Expressive mask of Hannya, the demon-woman, with wide open mouth and tongue coming out between the fangs. Wood, lacquered in black and strong red. The eyeballs in gold. Paper label on back. Four holes for string, as is usual for this type. Japan, 19th century.
Height approx. 11 in. (28 cm), width 6 ¼ in. (16 cm), depth 6 in. (15 cm).
Lower jaw restored.
Storage jar of hexagonal shape with a dripping tea dust glaze over a fine dark brown clay. In the side the name of Asakura Sansho (or Yamaki) has been stamped, partly covered under the glaze. Bottom impressed with a leaf, which burnt during firing. Japan, late Edo, early Meiji period.
Measurements approximately: height 8 ½ in. (21.5 cm), diameter at widest point 10 in. (25.5 cm), diameter at bottom 6 ½ in. (16.7 cm).
The name of Asakura Sansho is also connected with Tanba ware. A hexagonal jar from an earlier period, signed with the same name, in typical Tanba clay and glaze was found as well. This family may have worked in a variety of styles.
Ex collection CC Wang.
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.
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.