Very small cloisonné vase of globular shape, decorated with a rose in full flower and a budding rose. The image is surrounded by clear red enamel (pigeon blood) on an underlying ground of silver foil in which bamboo leaves in low relief are showing. This technique is called ginbari. Foot and upper edge silver, cloisons in silver or silvered copper. Foot ring marked 'silver'. Although no further marks are present, both the design on the underlying silver foil and roses are typical for the Sato manufacture. Japan, 20th century.
Height 2½ inches.
Excellent condition with nice flow of colors.
Rather small ovoid jar with high, rounded shoulder and an upright neck with slightly everted rim. The light brown opaque glaze shows some luster and has small white spots there where the bubbles in the glaze burst. On the body a spot of greenish transparent glaze, from the rim all the way down to the foot with fine crackle. Flat bottom on outside with several white inclusions. Japan, Shigaraki ware, 19th century. Height 7 inches, diameter 5 3/8 inches. Very thin glaze crack at neck, some minimal traces of usage. Otherwise very good condition. This kind of jars was used for storage, in particular storage of tea leaves.
Sturdy storage jar with brown glaze and yellow spot of ash glaze over the brown ribbed body of stone ware. Sloping shoulder with very short neck. Dense clay with small inclusions that reminds of Tamba ware or Shigaraki. Height 7 ½ inches, width 6 inches at the neck. Japan, Bizen, 19th century. Glaze partly rubbed off at upper edge and at the body where the oiece is held, otherwise very good condition.
Compact figure of seated Daruma wrapped in his garment, his hands and face exposed. Joined wooden segments (yosegi saiku) with traces of black lacquer on the garment and headdress. Part of the headdress covered with red lacquer. Hands and face covered in brown lacquer. Eyes in glass or crystal. His right hand must have a whisk, now missing. Japan 19th century. Generally good condition. Some lacquer chipped off the hands (see pictures), black lacquer worn, red lacquer slightly worn; some very thin lacquer cracks along the seams of the underlying segments. Height 16½ inches. Hands stuck in which is usual in this technique.
Storage jar with beautiful dark brown glaze drippings from the neck and shoulder down, over a dark brown stone ware with countless inclusions. Around the neck engraved with cross pattern. Shape somewhat distorted. Height 11 inches, width 10 inches. Two short cracks at the rim, one small chip at the rim, glaze partly rubbed due to extensive usage. Overall condition good. Japan 18/19th century.
Short mallet shaped ceramic vase with square shoulder and somewhat everted mouth. The body with irregularly placed indentations, thinly covered with reddish-brown glaze over the dark brown stoneware, cream colored glaze on the neck and down to the shoulder, with fine crackle. Japan, Edo period, ca. 1800.
Small old chips at rim, larger chip at foot, hardly visible due to indentations, from which run two very thin cracks.
H 6 7/8; diam. at foot 3 ¼ inches.
Stoneware bottle with a short neck with rolled lip used for storing sake on board of ships. Body and neck ribbed, decorated with a yellowish brown slip-like patch of glaze on the shoulder. Height 12 inches. Japan, Edo period, 19th century. Some irregularities due to firing, excellent condition.
Provenance: ex coll. of CC Wang.
Two prints with illustrations of the human body, indicating the different spots for the needle. One shows the body from the side, one the body while lying down. Black and white woodblock prints on paper. Both approx. 21 x 9 inches. Framed (12 7/8 x 25 inches). Paper toned, several tiny missing and thin spots backed, especially on the center folds. Otherwise good conditions.
Small jar. Slender body with short, cylindrical neck and wide mouth. On the shoulder four loops. Upper two third of the body covered in a dull brown speckled glaze. Thailand, Sawankhalok, 14-16th century.
Height 11½ inches.
One small chip underneath rim, missing areas (mouth and shoulder) in glaze, generally in very good condition.
Very large mask of a demon, used to be hung on a wall. Wood with traces of gesso. H 14 inches. Mingei. Some traces of usage, old crack along each side of the face, repaired, and one short crack in the upper middle section on the back. Generally very good condition.
Figure of a crouching frog, carved out of the root of a bamboo stalk. Mingei. Length 9 3/8 inches. Japan 19th/20th century. Very good condition.
a) Vase in the shape of a double gourd. On a reddish-brown stoneware base patches of a dark brown glaze have been thinly applied, partly covered again by patches of greenish-yellow ash glaze. On the bottom imprinted seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. H 7 3/8 inches. Small firing crack on the lower bulb.
b) Vase in the shape of a mallet with a circular body and an elongated, square neck. Over a reddish-brown clay a typical brown glaze has been applied with irregular spots. In the bottom seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. Height 9 inches; diameter 4 ¾ inches. Mint condition.
Tôzan is either the name of a potters’s studio, or an artist’s name. The name Tôzan is found frequently among potters of the Bizen tradition, usually referring to the background of the family or studio, tracing it back into the Momoyama period.
Small shrine, or zushi, with the figure of Kannon Nyoirin, sitting on a lotus base positioned on rocks. Carved in wood. The 6armed Kannon sits in position of royal ease, his head resting on his main right arms. In his other right hands he holds the wish-granting jewel (nyoi hoju) and a rosary. His main left hand rests on the lotus, while the others hold a script and a, now missing, lotus flower. He wears a crown and jewelry on his chest. Behind his head a halo. Height case 10 ½ inches. Some minor rubbing and lacquer chips, two tips of lotus petals broken and repaired, fringe of crown on right missing, few fingertips slightly chipped. Case: minor traces of usage. Overall condition very good.
Small shrine, or zushi, with figure of standing Amida Nyorai. One hand raised in mudra, the other one held down, he stands on a double lotus base in front of a halo. Wood with gold lacquer and some red. Height case 11 ¾ inches; height figure 5 ½ inches. Figure: parts of fingers on both hands missing, halo repaired and minor lacquer chips. Case: some lacquer chips at edges.
Small shrine, or zushi, in a folkish style. In a simple, square case sits Buddha Shakyamuni with a round object in his hands, possibly a jewel or an alms bowl, carved in soap stone. Shaka sits on a low pedestal. On the inside of the left door a paper label with the inscription … no shaka sonzo (Figure of the … Buddha). Height case 7 inches; height figure 3 ¼ inches. Some traces of usage to the case. Figure in good condition. Case Japanese, figure perhaps Chinese, although style is more Japanese.
Travel shrine, or zushi, with sitting figure of Kukai, carved in wood. The founder of the Shingon sect sits on a low pedestal, his shoes put underneath. In his left hand he holds the rosary, in the right he formerly held a vajra. Figure carved in plain wood, the pedestal decorated in gold and the typical red, white, green and blue. The inside of the doors decorated with lotus flowers in dull gold lacquer on shining gold lacquer. On the curtain above a decoration of manji and garlands in the same technique. The outside case in black lacquer with gilt and engraved hard ware. Inside: tip of curtain and vajra missing. Outside: short crack in each of the doors, some traces of usage. Height of case 5 3/8 inches; height of figure 2 3/8 inches.
Miniature shrine, or zushi, with figure of Bishamonten, carved in wood. He is standing on a demon that is lying on a rock. In his left hand he holds a pagoda and in the right a short staff. Behind his head a mandala. The garment of Bishamonten is decorated in gold lacquer, the crown and mandala made of gilt copper. The inside of the doors decorated with waribishi design. The back of case inscribed Fu-kan-jo, written in red lacquer.
Height zushi 4 ½ inches.
Tip of pagoda missing. Zushi: cracks in lacquer, lacquer chips at the bottom, partly restored, short crack in right door.
Half portrait of Daruma in bold strokes of gray and black. Lower right signature Isshin hitsu and two seals. Black and gray ink on paper. Painted area 36 ½ x 8 ½ inches. Toned, some horizontal creases, repaired missing area at lower middle. Celluloid scroll ends.
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