Extremely charming Japanese cha tansu (tea chest) with two large glass sliding doors in front, opening to a shelved interior for the display of tea articles. Four sliding panels line the top of the tansu, with cute flower-shaped brass handles and crosshatching grain. Two drawers line the bottom of the chest with warabite style handles.
Size: 43" height, 35.5" width, 15.5" depth
Antique Japanese two-section mizuya (kitchen chest), made with keyaki burl front panels and a hinoki frame with all original finish. The top section has 3 drawers and two large sliding panels with iron handles embossed with delicate floral patterns, and the bottom section has five drawers and two smaller sliding panels, with iron handles embossed with flying geese.
Size: 58.25" height, 35.25" width, 17.25" depth
Antique Japanese two-section tansu with a medium finish, kiri wood (paulownia) front and sugi (cedar) sides, simple iron hirute-shaped handles, round central lockplates, and pierced corner hardware. Meiji age c1900.
Size: 42.75" height, 34" width, 16" depth
Antique Japanese small vanity chest made of burlwood with a nice shine. It has an open back and its sides are pierced with cloud shapes. Its four drawers are of varied size and may be used to store jewelry, cosmetics, or other small trinkets.
Size: 14.25" height, 13.5" width, 9.5" depth
Antique Chinese round cinnabar container, its edges carved around with scrolling vines, and its lid carved with the image of a temple with scenic landscape amidst a background of intricate linear patterns. The inside and bottom of the container are lacquered in black, with signature on bottom, 19th century.
Size: 3.25" height, 8" width
Antique Japanese two-section kiri wood (paulownia) tansu, with large, heavy iron mokko (melon) style handles decorated with auspicious, floral elements in silver, round lockplates, and a bottom corner safe box with two small drawers inside. One of the drawers has a secret storage compartment behind it. Meiji period (1868-1912)
Size: 40.5" height, 37" width, 16.5" depth
Antique Korean bandaji chest, adorned with large brass hardware, incised with delicate floral patterns and the Chinese shou (a symbol for happiness), handle plates shaped like lucky bats, a large drop-down door opening to a large interior for storing blankets or clothes and three upper drawers. Very heavy and sturdy made of elm. Choson Period c1910.
Size: 35" height, 37" width, 19" depth
Antique Japanese theatre mask, skillfully hand-carved into the face of a tengu, or birdlike spirit, characterized by an usually long nose. His face is painted in red lacquer with black facial hair, and gold-lacquered eyes typical of a demon. The insides bears the usual rough chisel markings of a finely hand-carved piece. Meiji/Showa period.
Size: 8.25" height, 6" width
Antique Japanese hand-carved wooden theatre mask for the traditional Bugaku dance, drawing influences from both the Buddhist and Shinto religions. The particular mask has the face of a fox, with coarse horse hair eyebrows and whiskers. The fearsome teeth and scowling eyes are lacquered in gold and it has red lacquered lips and veining in its ears. The jaw is hinged so that it jiggles open and closed with the dancers' movements. The inside of the mask has a special hand-carved signature by th ...click for details