WABI AND SABI
Two pieces of naturally deformed 'susudake-kakehanaire' (hanging smoked bamboo vase) of quite unique abstract Japanese flower utensils treasured and handed down through the generations among predecessors (connoisseurs) as 'denseihin' for ikebana flower arrangement. 19th - early 20th century. Not attached with inner cylinders for water ('otoshi'). In aesthetically matured condition as is, with some aged damages as seen.
Small - approx...
Fine 19th Century Korean Inkstone Box constructed entirely of Luxurious Zelkova Wood with a gorgeous grain. A rare find. Below the inkstone compartment there is a larger compartment for holding what was called the scholar's four friends: brush, ink, paper, and inkstone. The inkstone box was a Korean scholar's most treasured item. This is a beautiful and fine example. Its simple, quiet beauty was perfect for the scholar's Confucian aesthetic, and will look great with any kind of decor...
HEAD OF DRUNK
Quite a unique and impressive wooden head of doll similar to 'Shojo' in Noh play (as a man who is a heavy drinker and dances on waves),
made for 'Bunraku' or 'Joruri' or sort of local puppet show as probably, with the sculptor's's sign of 'Choun' as a 'Busshi' (sculptor of Buddhist images) of Chusonji temple in Iwate prefecture, Japan, around Edo period, 19th century.
Very refined carving and hollowed-out make as its light weight...
Dimensions: 13,2m x 23,9cm x 14,3cm (Hight x Width x Depth)
Material: Roulette Impressed Earthenware Pottery
Orgin: West-Central Africa (prob. Nigeria, Igbo)
Estimated Dating: 19th/20th Century
Superbly crafted large Water Pouring Vessel...
Chinese small monochrome porcelain vase with a dark purple underglaze. The body of the vase is rounded with tapered foot, tall slender neck with small opening. The foot is bare of glaze.
Dimensions: 3" x 3" x 5 1/4" H
A rare early (female) Buddhist Guardian Lion painted with unevenly distributed crackular overglaze turquoise enamel. This item was made in China in the 17th Century during the late Ming / early Qing period. Condition: very good - there are many small underglaze firing cracks; there is glaze loss to both eyes and there is 'kiln grit'(of a type commonly associated with "Kraak" export porcelain) to the base. No chips or external cracks and no repairs or restoration...
Pair of Chinese soapstone carvings of fu dogs, one male and one female with her baby. The pedestals on which the fu dogs stand show motif panels of horses in various form and pose.
Dimensions: 3" x 2" x 6 3/4" H
Handsome, crocodile-wrapped, sterling silver whisky flask. Sterling silver drinking cup removes for convenience and is gilded within. Bayonet-design, hinge-top cap. Hallmarks: James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield 1893. 3 1/4" W., 5 3/4" H.
The cover of this is heavily decorated with a springtime scene of birds and flowers. The outer walls with sparse enameled mums and wire vines. The interior with impressed of Mt. Fuji, a temple and lakeside. It measures 3.6" x 3.25" x 1.75" and dates about 1900 - 1910. Condition is very good.
This vase has a beautiful and unusual royal ruby ground, elegantly decorated with chrysanthemums. The shape is more aesthetically appealing person than in the images, which seem to distort the form somewhat. It is in excellent overall condition with only a couple of tiny surface marks and a touch of oxidation around the rims. It measures 12.5" x 4.5" and dates to the early Taisho Period, about 1920.
Chinese yuan dynasty cup. 6,7 cm diameter. with single hairline.
Two sample yuan blue and white bowl. dimeter around 16 cm.
A magnificent Longquan washer dish , dated to Southern Song Dynasty. This elegant Song piece has the best blue-green jade-like celadon glaze I have ever seen. An original firing crack is found at dish center, otherwise it is in beautiful condition. Diameter:14cm Height:5cm
Good strand of antique Indo Pacific glass beads from Thailand. L: 69cm/27in- see last enlargement for scale. Free shipping via Hong Kong Registered Airmail.
Han Dynasty lead green glazed “out house toilet”. I imagine even in the afterlife you’ll still need one of these. This was part of a larger barnyard ensemble which would have consisted of a walled compound with a pig or two. In excellent condition, no damage other than where it was broken off the compound wall which you can’t see since it’s on the bottom anyway...
Chinese gilt temple carving of a Qilin breathing fire. Resembling a fu dog, the creature is a chimera mixed with a lion, a deer, a dragon, and sometimes other animals. The Qilin is said to appear with the arrival and the passing of a sage or high ruler.
Dimensions: 7 3/4" L x 1 3/4" D x 6" H
This footed tray is beautifully decorated using the ginbari foil cloisonne technique. The color combination contrasts very nicely. The condition is excellent with only some minor original surface pitting. It measures 7 1/3" x 4 7/8" x 5/8". It dates early 20th century, about 1910.
Antique pair of Chinese official's hat arm chairs, made of huanghuali wood with intricately woven rattan seats. Carved cusped edged apron. Dramatic grain.
Provenance: From the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum.
Dimensions: 44" high x 18 7/8" wide x 17" deep. Seat: 20 1/2" high.