An unusual Japanese 2 section, 6ft mizuya (kitchen buffet tansu) from the Kanazawa region. Constructed with Hinoki (cypress) and Sugi (cedar) woods, with red and black lacquer frame, and Keyaki (elm) burl front panels in reddish brown lacquer. The top of the piece holds a long open compartment behind four sliding panels with bookmatched Keyaki burl hardwood. Below are a center pair of mesh sliding panels with black lacquer wood frame, carved with floral motifs and with decorative iron pulls...
Japanese Buddhist scroll depicting the Legendary Sixteen Arhats. The Arhats are described as sage beings who have attained enlightenment, yet have not become a full Buddha. The Sixteen Arhats are traditionally worshipped for they are said to have renounced Nirvana out of compassion to help relieve human suffering on earth...
Theriac or Mithridate lead seal, dating from the first years of the 17th century. Theriac (from a Greek word related to “wild beasts”) was a classic antidote, a mixture including snake flesh, opium, myrrh and minerals plus spices, adding up to more than 60 ingredients in all. This concoct is said to have been invented by Mithridates, an Anatolian king who lived in fear of being poisoned. Later it became the speciality of Venetian apothecaries...
Seated in bhumisparsa mudra, on a gilded hardwood pedestal. H. 30 cm.
Very good condition with expectec age wear and a very nice patina.
The one of 'Sentaibutsu' (lit.‘Thousand Buddhas') as a large number of wood carving Buddhist Jizo images dedicated to the wall of temple. Edo period, 19th century, Japan.
Slightly but still remain its original color and necklace as well. Lovely face with slight smile seen from certain angles. Aged deterioration as is. Halo might be attached in the later years.
Height without halo: approx...
A rare & beautyful Ming Dynasty pottery procession set complete with palaquin, a male Mandarine figure sitting in the palaquin, 4 carriers and a musician.
The set dates to Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644.
Very beautyful glaze and pigment colours on all parts. Originally the palaquin was carried by the bearers, but the wooden sticks that held it have decayed.
Sizes for the figures are c. 20 cm. The palaquin a little taller...
Here's an impressive Ming Dynasty pottery figure of an soldier riding a horse dating to Ming Dynasty China, 1368-1644 AD.
A type that we haven't seen before with unglazed coat, but glazed trousers and harness. He wears a case of arrows on his side.
The main of the horse is very elaborately styled.
Size: 36-37 cm in height and some 28 cm in length.
Condition: A choice figure with some wear.
A beautiful and substantial Tripod bronze Cauldron, South Sweden or Denmark, ca. late 17th. century.
A large and rather exceptional Cauldron on three profiled or ridged leges and with horisontical lines around the body, two handles of the Gotic type on either side, made in a bronze alloy. Faint letters on the body near one of the handle.
Size: ca. 36 cm. in diameter and nearly 20 cm. high.
Condition: Choice!, no repair and fine patina.
An austere and all matching kuro-nuri (black lacquered) Kon Odoshi (Blue laced) Hotoke do Gusoku decorated solely with the crest of the Yagyu clan in gold. The helmet is a smooth Zunari type with a simple wide flange mask, and a matching smooth chestplate. Suspended from all are Kiritsuke Kozane Shikoro, Nodokake, Sode and Kusazuri, Decorating the bottom lame of the Kusazuri and Sode is a single tied hat. On the chest a stack of three of the same design...
Lovely Song Dynasty six lobed, porcelain quality, conical bowl, from Jingdezhen with lightly incised foliate scrolls. Recently cleaned with no damage. D: 11cm/4,3in and H: 4.2cm/1.7in.
15" high. Bronze figures with marble bases and with wooden balls that are dense wood.
Lovely Jugendstil bottle stand with three sections of florals in relief. Reticulated elements rise above each section. The elegant stand was made in Germany circa 1900. 3 1/8" H., 3 7/8" W.
Having a chippendale rim and nice ornament 32" wide 23" high.
26" square, 18" high Paint decorated New England stand with black and red graining and stenciled decoration incorporating fruit. It came with a side chair that is slightly earlier than the chair but put together years ago by a collector as an assemble.
Having a bold overhang on the top with ovolo corners and solid birdseye maple. The step down windsor side chair is really a great match even if a bit too elegant and early for the table.
Priced for the two items together.
18th century boxwood netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also representing Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) seated inside his usual bag containing an inexhaustible supply of toys and presents. Wonderful early carving with incredibly happy face, fat belly and beautifully carved hand and foot. Superb lustrous patina, differently sized himotoshi typical for the period...
19th century wooden netsuke of a hunter kneeling over a fox lying on its side and a standing man with a fan. The hunter is actually a badger in human shape, and the subject is the legend of the badger and the fox: the two ran a scheme of pretending in turns to be dead, the other will take human shape and sell the “dead”. The ruse worked very well many times until the badger decided to keep all the profits and whispered to the buyer that the fox is shamming...
19th century boxwood netsuke of mokugyo - a Buddhist gong decorated with 2 dragons contesting a moveable Precious Gem in their mouths, reserves on the body of the gong showing the scales of the dragons and their long flowing manes. Unusually detailed reat carving of their faces with horn inlaid eyes, scales and manes. Beautiful warm patina, in perfect condition, very pleasant to hold. Signed GYOKUMIN by the bottom - the artist is listed on p...
19th century wooden netsuke of three turtles - one on the top and 2 forming a base, one of them unhappily resting on its back. Superb detailing - see beautifully incised patterns of their carapaces and leathery texture of their limbs. Himotoshi is formed by their feet, wonderful wear and patina, very pleasant to the touch. Signed TADAJIKO in rectangular reserve on the back - the name is female, which is rather rare among netsuke carvers. Length 1 7/16 inches.