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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #356809 (stock #B 059)
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$135.00
Kress, Else, Kress Heinz, Inro shita-e, Design Drawings from a Japanese Lacquer Workshop, including a facsimile reproduction of an album containing 200 lacquer design drawings. Köln, 2003, 358 pp., over 393 colour ills., lavishly illustrated. 30 x 23 cm, Paper. English text. Perfect condition.
In-depth study on the use of design drawings in Japanese lacquer workshops in the 18th and 19th centuries. The study is based on the Kress inro archives of today total 30,000 inro records, consisting of approx. 100,000 photographs of inro and data collected in museums, private collections, or at auctions worldwide. The authors were able to prove the existence of 84 inro exactly matching the design drawings in the album. The designs were used in the 18th and 19th centuries mostly by the workshops of Yamada Jokasai and Hasegawa Shigeyoshi Kyorinsai. These workshops are presented with 144 inro; those with a Jokasai signature are shown on pp. 220-289, inro with a Hasegawa signature are shown on pp. 290-328.
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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #356662 (stock #B 058)
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$35.00
Standard work on Ryukyuan inro: Kress, Else and Heinz Kress, with an introduction by Josef Kreiner, Inro of the Ryukyus, Lacquered Medicine Containers, Bonn, 2002, 127 pp., over 100 colour ills., 10 b/w ills., 21 x 18.5 cm, Paper. English text. Perfect condition.

Catalogue of an exhibition of inro from the Ryukyu islands (today Okinawa), including 42 inro from museums worldwide and 46 inro from the collection of Heinz and Else Kress. Published at the occasion of the 4th International Conference of Okinawan Studies 2001/2002, Japanologisches Seminar, University of Bonn, in co-operation with the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Introductory essay on culture and history of the Ryukyus by Prof. Josef Kreiner, director of the Department of Japanese Studies, University Bonn.
Examples range from of the finest quality inro, made to order for the court and shoguns, to colourful “mingei-style” (folk art) inro. All techniques found on Ryukyuan lacquer inro as well as carved wood inro are shown. Drawings and illustrations of all techniques seen on inro as well as on other lacquer objects.

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All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 2000 item #356653 (stock #B 057)
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$55 .00
Helmert-Corvey, Theodor, Inro: das Ding am Gurtel, Bielefeld, 1997, 295 pp., over 230 colour ills., 29 b/w ills. and line drawings. 30 x 23 cm. Paper. Perfect condition. German text.
Excellent catalogue of an exhibition of inro from the collection of Heinz and Else Kress held in a number of German museums in 1997-98. Good introductory essay by Monika Kopplin, director of the Museum of Lacquer Art, and thorough descriptions of inro. Also shown are some color woodblock prints, surimono, and sword guards (tsuba), all featuring inro.
Appendix: Glossary of technical terms (p. 289), List of woodblock-printed illustrated books used as design-base for inro (p. 290), Selected bibliography (pp. 291-294).

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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 1990 item #355650 (stock #C/P 016)
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$1,600.00
Tall, straight shape, with grayish rim and thick celadon glaze on brown clay with enclosures. Imprinted at the bottom near the foot with the artist’s seal: HIROSHI. Purchased in Japan around 1985. Perfect condition. Height 2” (5 cm), diameter 2 ½” (6.2 cm).
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 3 ¼ x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches (8.5 x 8 x 8 cm). Inscribed on the lid ‘wine cup’ (gui-nomi), and signed inside the lid: HIROSHI tsukuru (made by HIROSHI) above a square red seal HIROSHI.

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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 1990 item #355640 (stock #C/P 014)
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$1,200.00
Wide shape, with grayish rim and beautiful thick, deep red glaze on brown, fine clay. Imprinted near the foot rim with the artist’s seal: RI, partly covered by glaze. Purchased in Japan around 1985. Perfect condition. Diameter 2 ¾” (8.6 cm), height 1 ¼” (3 cm).
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 2 ½ x 4 x 4 inches (6.2 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm). Inscribed on the lid: dragon blood color, wine cup (gui-nomi), and signed RINAN above a square red seal RINAN.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #355593 (stock #10201)
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$800.00
Image of Fudo Myoo standing in the clouds with his sword in his right, the rope in his left hand. Mandala of red flames behind him. Inscribed: Copied from…. ; two red seals. Slip of paper on the back with red seal: Black ink and colors and gold on silk, mounted in green brocade with copper, engraved scroll ends. Inscribed on the back of the mounting, probably referring to a remounting: Date Taisho 14 or 1925, name of owner? (Narita yamanushi).
Painted area 46 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches (119.6 x 41.3 cm).
Painting somewhat soiled and browned, some small dark spots, mainly in background, slightly creased. Mounting with short tear (approx. 1 inch) in edge, weak spots at scrolls fortified with tape, otherwise in good hanging condition. Painting all in all in good condition. Comes with original wooden box, which is dated and inscribed with the name of original painter.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #353810 (stock #M 013)
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$1,250.00
Sake cup, made and distributed in connection with the 1970 World Exposition which took place in Osaka, Japan. Solid 24 carat gold plate, decorated at the centre in high relief with the Expo’s emblem, five circles arranged around a central dot, and with the inscription ‘EXPO ‘70’. Signed at bottom: MMS CO 24K GP. Very small surface scratches (see pictures), otherwise original condition. Diameter: 2 7/8" (7.4 cm; height 1 1/8" (2.7 cm), weight: 66 gr.
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 1 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches (4.5 x 9.6 x 9.6 cm). Imprinted on the lid are the words ‘Bampaku kinen kin sakazuki ’ (Golden sake cup commemorating the world expo), below that is written EXPO ’70 – 1 – OT – 2 - Z – 11. An inspection stamp (shôshi), affixed to the lower right-hand corner, bears the inscription EXPO ’70.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #353736 (stock #L 030)
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$1,700.00
Negoro-nuri, circular dish, rubbed red lacquer over wood. Red lacquered shallow dish with 3/4” (2 cm) high foot. Inscribed in black lacquer at the bottom: Ren’in. Diameter 5 1/8” (14 cm), height 1 3/8” (3.6 cm). Slightly rubbed and worn and with shallow dents at the center.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #346686 (stock #L 029)
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$1,700.00
Negoro-nuri, circular dish, rubbed red lacquer over wood. Red lacquered shallow dish with 3/4” (2 cm) high foot. Inscribed in black lacquer at the bottom: Ren’in. Diameter 5 1/8” (14 cm), height 1 3/8” (3.6 cm). Slightly rubbed and worn and with shallow dents at the center.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #346682 (stock #L 028)
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$1,700.00
Negoro-nuri, circular dish, rubbed red lacquer over wood. Red lacquered shallow dish with 3/4” (2 cm) high foot. The black lacquer base visible along the slightly rubbed edges. Inscribed in black lacquer at the bottom: Ren’in. Diameter 5 1/8” (14 cm), height 1 3/8” (3.6 cm).

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #346670 (stock #L 037)
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$4,500.00
Shallow box for storing a Japanese polished metal mirror. The rubbed and worn lid is decorated in high relief with a large stylized chrysanthemum crest (kiku mon), at its center a six-petaled melon blossom crest (mokkô mon or mutsu-uri mon) is placed. After 1603 this mon was used by two samurai families, the NAKAGAWA, who descended from FUJIWARA YOSHIKADO, and the HITOME family. The inside of the lid is lavishly decorated with seven kinds of flowering autumn grasses (nanakusa) growing by a woven fence. The design is executed in a variety of thicknesses and shades of gold lacquer hiramakie and takamakie on a background of densely sprinkled gold powders (nashiji). Japan, 18th century. Lower part of box of high quality black lacquer, the rims of gold lacquer (slightly worn). No damages or cracks to the body.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #345359 (stock #L 031)
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$2,600.00
Rectangular tray, standing on four low feet, black lacquer with gold and black decoration over wooden base. The slightly raised rim sprinkled with gold powders and decorated with a geometrical design in black and gold lacquer over a red base. The central black lacquer panel decorated at one side with a Chinese sage fishing from a rocky promontory (possibly Taikobo). The rocks, a picturesque tree and the seated person are built up in relief and partly inlaid with cut gold foil (now mostly lost). Waves, reeds and bamboo are depicted in shades of gold lacquers, depth is indicated by gold powder clouds. The underside entirely covered with black lacquer and now oxidized silver powders. Japan, middle Edo period, early to mid 18th century. Length 11 ¾” (30 cm), width 5 ¾” (14.6 cm), height 1 ¼” (3.3 cm). Some dents and rubbing, no cracks or damages to the body.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #345328 (stock #L 007)
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$1,450.00
Lacquered wooden box, shaped as a Buddha’s hand fruit with attached stem and three dark green leaves resting on the fruit at one side. The surface of tan lacquer dusted with gold powder, the straight sides covered with gold lacquer (partly rubbed). The interior of black lacquer sprinkled with gold powder, rims of deep red lacquer. Bottom lacquered black. Unsigned. Edo period, 19th century. Length 3 ¾” (9.5 cm), height 1 5/8” (4.1 cm), width 2 ½” (6.3cm). Slightly rubbed.

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All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 2000 item #345277 (stock #L 025)
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$750.00
Black lacquer ground, with gold metal mounting. Decorated in gold, red and green hiramakie lacquer with peonies growing from rocks. Signed KOKKÔSAI. Brought out by Pilot. Length 5 ¼ inches (13.3 cm). Purchased in Japan around 1995. Pristine condition.
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 7 1/8” (L) x 1 5/8” (H) x 2 ½” (W) (18 x 4 x 6.3 cm), placed inside white cardboard box. All leaflets, instructions, etc., and 10 ink cartridges, included.

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All Items : New Century : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #345262 (stock #L 024)
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$1,000.00
Plain keyaki wood (zelkova) with brown finish, decorated in black lacquer with a cricket among susuki grasses. Brown finished wood interiors. Unsigned. Height 2 5/8” (6.7 cm), diameter 2 5/8” (6.7 cm). Purchased in Japan around 1980. Tiny scratch at top, otherwise perfect condition.

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All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 1990 item #345258 (stock #L 019)
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$1,800.00
Glossy black lacquer ground, decorated in shades of red and gold lacquer, gold powders (nashiji, kinpun), crushed blue shell (aogai), and gold foil squares (kirigane) with colourful tsubo-tsubo toys. Bottom and interiors of silver lacquer, rims of gold lacquer. Height 2 ¾” (7.1 cm), diameter 2 5/8” (6.8 cm). Purchased in Japan around 1990. Tiny scratch at top, otherwise perfect condition.
In fitted wooden box (tomobako) 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 x 3 1/8 inches (10.5 x 8 x 8 cm), inscribed at the front ‘Tsubo-tsubo’, natsume. Signed HIROSHI and with red seal imprint HIROSHI. Signed and sealed also at one corner of the white silk wrapping cloth.
Enclosed leaflet with the artist’s name SAKITA HIROSHI (1955 - ), Ishikawa pref., Wajima, mentioning the young artist’s memberships in societies and awards in arts and crafts’ contests.

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All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 1990 item #344046 (stock #L 018)
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$1,600.00
Beige lacquer ground, decorated in gold and red hiramakie lacquer and sprinkled with gold powders with an all-over design of scattered maple leaves on stylized waves. Black lacquer interiors. Black bottom. Unsigned. Height 3” (7.7 cm), diameter 2 7/8” (7.3 cm). Purchased in Japan round 1990. Perfect condition
In wooden box (tomobako) 3 7/8 x 3 ½ x 3 ½ inches (10 x 9 x 9 cm), not matching. The box inscribed, signed and sealed at one side with the name KINSAI.

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All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #344044 (stock #L 017)
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$1,200.00
Red lacquer ground, engraved with five fan-shaped panels, each depicting flowers of the seasons such as plum, bamboo, orchids, and chrysanthemum. The design outlined in dark silver lacquer. The bottom in black lacquer. Black lacquer interiors. Height 2 7/8” (7.3 cm), 2 7/8” diameter (7.3 cm). Purchased in Japan around 1980. Perfect condition.
In fitted wooden box (tomobako) 4 ¼ x 3 ½ x 3 ½ inches (11 x 9 x 9 cm). Signed YÛHYO and with red seal imprint at one side.

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