Set of Six Japanese Meiji Dynasty Imperial Portraits. Each painting is 59h x 24w inches, 150h x 61w cm.
Edo Picture Hanabusa-Itcho Very rare screen Kano group.
This is ground strewn with gold dust coloration Two Panel Screen drawn by Hanabusa-Itcho.� This is placed in "Gakusou" No. 10 of the Kyoto National Museum publication in March, 1988.� "Gakuso" is a very specialized book...
This is Sugido-e used in Kyoto Imperial Palace for Edo period. This was one of the collection of very famous kimono collector Shoujiro Nomura of Kyoto for the Meiji period. It is thought that this was drawn by Kano Eigaku of Edo period. He revived by a picture of the early period of Edo era in history. As for this, both sides reproduce design of the early period of Edo era together.
Generally, Sugodo-e has bad state. However, this is very good condition...
A rare pair of original Japanese six panel screens depicting the four seasons of Ginza. The panels are painted in the traditional Kano school. Using exceptional technique, the images are hand painted with natural rimpa paint and ink and gold leaf ground on gofun paper. The six panels depict the seasonal landscape of a Ginza garden. Excellent overall condition.
Date: Edo Period (Early 19th Century)
Dimensions:41 1/2” high X 110 1/2” wide (Each screen)
A truly stunning Japanese six panel screen hand painted with raised rimpa paint on gold ground leaf gofun paper. The subject matter is a view of a natural overgrowth of hollyhock, sweat peas, and morning glories cascading and creeping over the bamboo fence.
The Hollyhock flower in Japan represents is fertility and fruitfulness...
Fantastic 18th Century Edo Period Saga Ningyo of a young boy
holding a bird. His head bobs while his tongue goes in and
out. Carved entirely of wood, his gorgeous robes are built up with pigments
in a technique called 'moriage'. He has an outer robe decorated with a foliate
scroll with other beautiful designs and geometric patterns raised in relief. This rarest of all Ningyo forms almost never comes up for sale and are
almost never seen except in museums or important private collections...
Japanese Buddhist assembled wood sculpture of Kannon-Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara), the God of Compassion, standing male figure with abundant cloak drapery including the pendant wrapped sleeves, standing on a lotus base on a rocky outcropping, the left hand holds a lotus and the right hand upraised with webbed fingers in the vitarka mudra (the seal of reasoning), all lacquered and gilded, the inset eyes of painted crystal and the addition of an elaborate gilt metal crown and necklace with glass and w...
A Bronze and Mixed Metal Okimono of a Kumataka Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis)...
15th Century Japanese Gilt Wood Amida Nyorai Buddha. His hands are held in the vitarka mudra, the gesture of discussion and transmission of Buddhist teaching.
Amida is captured here in his welcoming descent from Heaven to greet the soul of a faithful devotee at death. Images of his
descent to earth illustrate the nineteenth of forty-eight vows made by Amida
in a previous life, in which he promises to appear at the moment of death to
all beings who devoutly desire rebirth in his paradise...
An antique Satsuma figural group of a prone bull with a guardian. The bull with crackled cream ground, gilt noseguard and retaining rope and with polychrome painted and gilt backcover. The young man in a gilt and multicolor painted traditional Japanese garment resting on the animal while holding a book in his hand. 11.5" long, 6" high. An exceptional piece.
Condition: Flawless, ex-Christie's
Late 19th Century Japanese Kazari-Uma (Battle Horse). This deluxe extraordinary example is
attributed to Marurei, one of the most important Ningyô artists. He now has
Japanese National Treasure status. This handsomely adorned military horse is
displayed on a Boys Day stand. The body hair is done by a technique called
Ke-Ue-Saiku "fine work of fur planting" in which silk hairs are pasted on.
It has gorgeous silk and lacquer trappings. It is positioned
on a fine lacquered stand...
A large, rarest of rare Japanese 18th century Bijin Saga Ningyo, depicting a standing female holding her flowing kimono.
Saga Ningyo are the most sought after
of all Japanese Ningyo. They are almost never seen on the market, and only rarely enter Western collections, public or private. This is a once-in-a
-lifetime opportunity for the serious connoisseur of Japanese art.
This finely carved and sculpted figure is a masterpiece from all angles...
Pair of Spectacular Masterpiece Japanese Paintings of an Imperial Couple. 59h x 24w inches, 150 x 61 cm. Signed: Nakayama Sanji.
Original frames. Male figure wears robes with the Tokugawa crest. The female wears a gold phoenix crown with a gorgeous royal kimono. This one-of-a-kind pair of portraits was possibly inspired by the American painter, John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), considered the leading portrait painter of his generation...
A very rare Momoyama Period masterpiece Japanese two-panel screen with chrysanthemum and other flowers and foliage. Exquisitely painted on gold leaf, with original sumptuous silk brocade. 72w x 21h inches, 183w x 53h cm.
Massive Pair of Japanese Cloisonne enamel baluster vases, Meiji Period, each
decorated in brightly colored enamels with butterflies hovering above
various types of flowering chrysanthemum bushes, all silhouetted against a
mirror black ground, stylized floral bands encircling the shoulder, waisted at the
neck and above the flaring foot, and wide abstract foliate bands at the rim and
foot (slight damage to the foot). Provenance: Former collection of Mettie C Jones, Long
Beach, CA; items repu...
A rare late Edo Period four-panel silverized Japanese Screen. A fine scholar's composition
of bamboo, rocks, and a swallow in flight. A beautifully painted sumi, with a
fine oxidized silverized patina. It appears to have the original brocade
frame. The screen is in extraordinary condition for its age. A superb, museum quality screen and an important find. Height: 40 inches, 101.5 cm; Width: 72 inches, 183 cm.
Japanese Late Edo Period 19th Century Silver Rimpa Flower Screen, a fine masterpiece. Rimpa School represents the highest standard of decorative painting of all schools of Japanese painting. The flowers and other elements are raised by the use of Gofun (oyster shell lacquer). The flowers seem to jump from the silver field. This finely painted masterpiece features wonderful color on silver leaf. Each Panel: 51h x 24.25w inches, 129.5h x 61.5w cm; Total Dimensions: 51h x 97w inches, 129.5h x 246w...
Large, impressive and rare describe this beautifully painted late 19th century Imari hexagonal lantern. 46" in height.
An unusual Japanese six panel screen of Ducks, Egrets, and Pheasants. Painted with rimpa paint on an unique mix of gold and silver leaf gofun paper, which gives the screen an incredible look and balance of cold and warm tones, depending on lighting. The painting composition shows influences of natural history and the importance of empty space.
Date: Meiji Period (early 19th Century)
Dimensions: 67” high X 147 1/2” wide
Rare Japanese Iki Ningyo (Living Doll) depicting a man clothed only in a loincloth, showing his perfect physique, with left arm raised and right hand gesturing his strength. Superbly crafted in the latter part of the 19th century for the export market, fulfilling the demand for Japanese “exotica”, following Japan’s opening to the West in the mid-19th century. Fashioned of wood and covered in naturally pigmented gofun, with inset glass eyes, and featuring individually inserted human hair ...
A beautifully painted Meiji Period Japanese Namban screen depicting a Portuguese Caravel ship. Japanese screens featuring Portuguese are rare. 60h x 56w inches, 152h x 142w cm.
Very Fine and Rare Edo Period Usobuki Kyogen Mask in Excellent Condition. 8h x 5.5w inches, 20.5h x 14w cm. From the collection of Irwin Hersey, renowned author on Asian and primitive art, and publisher of the Primitive Art Newsletter in the 1970s. Irwin Hersey was an advisor to museums and prominent collectors, and vetted pieces for many of the international tribal art fairs and Asian art fairs.
With a height of 32 inches, this is a rare and impressive example of early 19th century Imari ware. Both the vase and stand are finely decorated in shades of blue, gold and orange.
Condition is excellent.
Japanese antique fune bako (merchant's safe), made all of keyaki (elm) wood, very heavy quartered sawn slab of keyaki wood. The door opens to 3 interior drawers also with keyaki wood fronts (interior of each drawer made with kiri (paulownia) wood, wooden bracing on the bottom, heavy iron hardware including double locks on the outer doors and each of the three interior drawers has a large lock as well, two handles on top of safe, 2 iron reinforced holes at the bottom of each side to allow...
An antique Japanese screen. Each of the flowers shown has its or natural meaning known as the Language of Flowers. Depicting Love, Loyalty and Family is a beautiful Japanese four panel screen painted with raised rimpa paint on gold leaf gofun paper.
Date: Meiji period (19th Century), Taisho
Dimensions: 67 1/2” high X 96” wide
Japanese 4-panel screen, mineral pigments painted on gold leaf of an abstract exterior landscape view with a rolled up tsudare shade at the the top framing the scene as a view from the interior of a dwelling looking out at the two birds perched on the blossoming prunus with red vine, diagonal bamboo fence, marsh ponds, gold clouds and another bird within a cylindrical cage, all framed within a brocade border and black lacquered wood frame. Minor restorations otherwise fine condition. Possibly fo...
Japanese Two Panel Screen of Snow Cranes on a Willow Tree. This great masterpiece is one of the most amazing screen paintings we have seen. Each Snow Crane is painted with its own personality and attitude, using the finest
pigments and Gofun (Oyster Shell Lacquer). All of the elements of this painting
are just magical. Brocade borders in a black lacquered frame make this two
panel screen complete this work of art. 66 inches (167.5 cm)w x 62 inches (157.5 cm)h. Excellent Condition. From a prom...
An extremely rare and very large 19th Century Meiji Period Japanese Iki Ningyo (living figure) of a young Bijin. An exquisite Ningyo representing idealized feminine Japanese beauty. She is posing as if for a photograph or for an artist. Every aspect is hyper realistic: the hair, eye lashes, accessories, and the painted kimono. She is holding a silver mirror and hair ornament as part of a collection of hair
ornaments featuring a lacquered comb. Her beautiful face changes from
different angles. ...
A very important find and a great day for the serious Satsuma collector who acquires this exceedingly rare pair of plates of breathtaking beauty, detail and color by the renowned Satsuma Master, Ryozan, depicting the two Goddesses of the Seven Lucky Gods, Benzai-ten and Kichijo-ten (Kichijo-ten sometimes replaces Fukurokuju in portrayals of the Seven Lucky Gods). These Goddesses of Good Luck, Happiness, and Learning are patrons of geisha and artists and are venerated by speculators, entrepreneur...
Japanese Nanga school 6-panel screen, inks on paper in the idealized Chinese literati mode rendering the famous subject “First Excursion to Red Cliff, 1082”, based on the Chinese poet Su Shi (a.k.a. Su Dongpo; 1037-1101) visiting the historic site in Hubei province on the Yangtze river where in 208 the Han general Cao Cao and his army were defeated by a smaller number of soldiers led by the younger superior strategist, Zhou Yu. This subject of the poet’s visit became a principal topic for ...
Japanese Late Meiji Period Two Panel Owl Screen featuring a solitary owl perched on a wind blown bamboo, entwined by vines with clusters of red berries. Signed by Kouro. Nihonga School - ink and color on paper painting in tarashikomi, a technique that achieves shading through pooling successive layers of partially dried pigment. 68.5 inches (174 cm)h x 67 inches (170 cm)w. Very Good Condition. Minor Repairs. From a prominent and widely exhibited collection.
A Japanese gold lacquer Inro with five compartments. A relief of a pair of silver horses dominates the landscape scene of a seaside village with drying racks of fish and pines and clouds in the background. The horses are galloping over a creek with foliage. The reverse side shows a lone horse under a fruit tree and thatched cottage. The inside compartments are covered with dense nashiji lacquer (fine gold flecks). The cord has an agate ojime. Inro (seal basket) are small decorative containers ...
Fine Edo Period Sho Bosatsu Kannon in Rare Excellent Condition, gilded wood sculpture seated on a lotus and holding a lotus in the left hand. The Bodhisattva of Compassion has never been more beautifully rendered. Height: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Width: 14 inches (35.5 cm).
18th Century Japanese Edo Period pair of Kyoho-Bina Ningyo, an exceedingly rare early 18th century. An exceptional example of this early style. The finest quality in all aspects, featuring rich silk matching brocades in an elegant floral pattern with auspicious treasures on multilayered robes creating a classical form. All accessories and stands are original, very rare for such an early piece. Fine faces of gofun (oyster shell lacquer) aged to a burnished tone, with painted details. They have a...
A one of a kind, very large early example of this Musha-Ningyo (Boys' Day Figure). This legendary figure first appeared for Boys Day in the late 19th Century. He is the Japanese equivalent to Hercules. He is always shown with a ruddy complexion, as seen in Japanese woodblock prints, scrolls and screens. He is a magnificent sculpture, Iki and Gosho in style. He holds an Axe and wears a sumptuous embroidery brocade featuring a mythical Turtle. 19th Century (circa 1880). 29 inches (74cm) height.
Japanese Late Edo Period very large rare pair of Musha Ningyo representing Empress Jingū (Jingū Kōgō) and the old minister Takenouchi no Sukune. He is holding the baby
Ōjin (a son of the Empress Jingū who later became Emperor Ōjin) and is seated on a
camp stool. These are among the largest examples and are of the highest quality and
artistic workmanship. The heads and hands are carved of wood, covered with many
layers of tinted gofun (oyster shell lacquer),...
An Extraordinary and Scarce, Museum Quality Find. Early 16th Century Muromachi Period Saga Ningyo of the Goddess Kannon, in a rare and elegant standing form. Carved entirely of wood, her costume is built up with
pigments in a technique called 'moriage'. Her gorgeous robes are decorated with
foliate scroll slightly raised in relief. This rarest of all Ningyo forms
almost never comes up for sale and are never seen except in museums
or important private collections. Saga Ningyo are considered t...
Early 19th Century Edo Period Standing Gosho Ningyo with fine Mizuhiki ribbons painted hair. There are several forms of Mizuhiki, including one used to tie the hair of samurai. This fine ningyo has a round, well executed face with a charming expression, and is covered overall in a fine white gofun with painted features, sexed, and dressed in red chirimen silk crepe. Gosho-ningyô (Palace Dolls) are one of the most distinctive forms of Japanese doll. They were given as gifts within the imperial ...
Japanese Tachibina (Imperial couple), rare and exceptionally fine standing pair for the Hina Matsuri, emperor with arms spread to the side, empress in cylindrical form, faces carved in round Jirozaemon style, textiles in a very refined tsuzure-ori tapestry weave of a deep red silk against a metallic gold background with pine, stream and wisteria patterns, trousers and accents in a rich gold kinran with foliate scroll designs, in a special wood display kimono tray with painted silk lining of a bl...
19th Century Japanese Late Edo Period Two Panels Rimpa Flower Screens. Rimpa School represents the highest standard of decorative painting of all schools of Japanese painting. The flowers and other elements are raised by the use of Gofun (Oyster Shell Lacquer). This masterpiece features wonderful color with gilding and silver leaf. A great work of art. 67.5 inches (171.5 cm)h x 48 inches (122 cm)w. Very Good Condition. From a prominent and widely exhibited collection.
A set of kusari gusoku (chain mail armor) and kabuto (helmet)
Late Edo period
The helmet of four collapsible circular plates and suspending a four section shikoro with blue lacing (separations); the multiple section gusoku fronted by a star-form karashishi and composed of hexagonal segments (hana gusari) linked by chain mail and suspending eight kusazuri panels over chain mail and brocade haidate; with a pair of shino-gote of joined rectangular segments and pair of suneate (assembled). 
This is a rare and large, top quality Satsuma Jar by Yabu Meizan. The beautiful Meiji era lid is not original to the piece. The gold detail and painting are beautiful. It is stoutly potted and measures 9 inches tall by 8 1/2 inches wide. This piece is not signed but at on time it was. The original signature has been covered up by an excellent restoration to a drill hole. The price reflects these flaws and even so, it still is a fabulous Meiji era display piece.
Rare Large Edo Period (circa 1830-1860) Japanese Gosho Ningyo Depicting a Sumo Wrestler, clothed in exceptional finely embroidered textile with a floral design and Shishi (guardian of Buddha) on chirimen silk crepe. This large scale, wood-carved Ningyô has a beautifully rendered expressive face lacquered with Gofun (Oyster Shell). The pose is most striking, as well. Really an extraordinary find for the Ningyô enthusiast. 18 inches, 46 cm. From a widely renowned and published collection that ha...
Antique Japanese choba tansu made of solid quartered sawn keyaki (zalkova) wood with burl wood front. The upper portion of the tansu has a large full-width drawer and another full-width drawer on the bottom. The right hand side has three small exterior drawers. The middle section has sliding panels with unusually fine vertical slats. The interior has 3 small drawers in a vertical row. All original lacquer finish and iron hardware including square drawer pulls and elaborately cut out lock pl...
Set of Four Antique Japanese Suibokuga by Kano Tokinobu, sumi-e ink on paper paintings illustrating an acolyte at a riverbank, two egrets and two landscapes containing buildings, trees and ship masts. Each painting with 3 vermillion seals of the artist in the lower corners. Japanese dry mount paper on a wood frame with thin brocade border, silver leafed surround and lacquered wood outer frame.
Condition: Minor signs of age, wear, stains and repairs otherwise fine condition.
Age: Painting Edo P...
Exceedingly rare and very large Japanese Meiji Period Imari Porcelain Vases Adapted as Lamps. These great vases are one of a kind, not to be seen or found again. Gorgeous, rich, colorful glazes featuring flowers and birds with a charming fence
design, all featured on a translucent white glaze. Height: 41 inches, 104 cm.
A very rare 17th century model of an actor, 14" in height. Over a blue underglaze, it is enameled in black, iron-red, green and blue, the red and white robe nicely decorated in a pattern of thistles
Provenance: Christie's Lot 341, March 1987
Condition: Minor wear and a few rough spots. Detailed photographs will be provided upon request to one seriously interested in the piece. detailed photograph will be A slight rough spot
A fine and rare 19th century Japanese cloisonne bi-fold table screen in the Kyoto school of Namikawa, depicting a ho bird and dragon. The finely coiled wiring is gilded, as are the back panels of the screen. Each cloisonne panel is wood framed, joined with hinges of silver. Fully opened, the screen measures 8" high and 9" wide.
Condition: Quite fine, with only wear commensurate with age.
Rare Japanese Edo Period Silver and Gilt Hair Ornament. Sterling and 999 pure Silver and Gilt hair ornament of magnificent quality made for an Oria, the highest class of geisha, featuring a crane in flight with flowers and branches and tassels. Presented on a museum presentation stand. 14 long x 6 wide x 10.5 inches high with base, 35.5 x 15.25 x 26.5 cm.
This is a superbly Hand-carved EDO Period Boxwood Netsuke depicting a Mother, holding a trumpet in her right hand, and carrying a child on her back.
The artist, on this netsuke, seems to have wanted to be unique by having the woman adopt a pose and portray a character that is normally associated with a male foreigner, such as her holding of a trumpet, which is uncharacteristic of a common Japanese woman .
It is an outstanding piece representative of Tametaka, whose work, according to G...
Antique Japanese large and deeply carved ranma depicting three sages (from left to right): Le-tieguai (with the iron crutch) , Zheng si yuan (with the tiger) and Gama Sennin (with the frog). There is much of the original paint still intact. Wonderfully carved with great detail and expression. Most likely from a Shinto temple. Edo Period (18th century).
Size: 27" high x 87" long x 3" deep. (very heavy!)
Historically, fusuma were often painted with scenes from nature such as mountains, forests, or animals. The traditional scale of the door is 5'7". The Hinoki wood panels are painted with Rimpa paint and flecks of gold, creating a mist. The floral composition is with camellia, cherry blossom, hollyhock, and chrysanthemums.
The camellia flowers symbolize young sons and daughter. Tsubaki (camellia) symbolizes the divine, faithfulness and longevity. The next flower is the cherry blossom,...
Edo Period (circa 1750) Large Japanese Wood Sculpture of a Shrine Horse, a gift from an
upper-class family to a shrine. Images of Horses are highly prized in Japan. It is commissioned and presented to protect a newborn male child. Rising up on its back legs, set to gallop, it strikes an animated, exciting, and beautiful pose that sets it apart from the usual static poses that these horses have. The curves of the sculpture are masterfully rendered to convey the sense of action and spirit in this...
Antique Japanese Rimpa Style 6-panel screen, featuring spring and autumn foliage on the banks of a meandering stream with a clump of red and white blossoming chrysanthemum extending over a small group or eroded rocks bordered by further flowering autumn plants and bush clover arching over towards blossoming vines and susuki, executed in deft washes of ink and colour accents on paper, signed Hokkyo Takushu hitsu, with one red circular seal reading ‘Chuyo’ (?), Brocade surround.
This is a very large and beautiful Japanese Satsuma vase from Kinkozan. It stands is 14 1/2 inches tall. The gold work and painting are beautiful. As you can see from the images, there are loads of different birds mixed in with the elaborate flowering wisteria and bamboo. Condition is excellent with some minor wear to the gold. Of note there is a firing flaw that can be seen in the last image.
Dramatic Antique Japanese tall ishidoro - stone temple garden lantern, carved all of granite in 6 sections. The lotus base is carved so that it is still connected to the natural rock. The lantern section is similar in style to a hanging lantern with it's curling warabite corner roof and pointed finial over a hollow area for light. The sides of this portion of the lantern are carved in relief with deer and clouds. This style of ishidoro originates from the Kasuga shrine and for that reason i...
Hard to find Japanese red lacquer Chochin Kabuto. This example of munition has the ability to fold for compact storage. The front 2 prongs are made for the meadate ornament. The underside of the shikoro (neck guard) in black lacquer, and the lames plates are secured with blue silk cords. Mounted on custom steel stand.
Red lacquer menpo may be purchased separately. (#1371484)
Edo Period 19th Century
Dimensions: 13" x 12.5" x 10.5" H (18" H on stand)
Japanese large, rectangular suiban, finely cast with stylized motifs of waves and flying birds in relief. Suiban are shallow trays meant to be filled with suiseki or viewing stones, sand, and bonsai. The rim of the suiban are flared with a cast apron of reishi mushrooms. The 4 feet of the dish are in the form of rolling waves. The underside is textured with artist signature and cartouche.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
21 1/4" L x 14" W x 5 1/2" H
Japanese bronze vase with a wide, flattened body shape, the tall cylindrical neck rendered with bamboo stalk texture. The handles of the vase are a pair of leaping rabbits over low relief waves. The foot of the vase is imprinted with the artist cartouche.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 7 1/2" x 7" x 6"
This is an extremely rare and beautiful Japanese cloisonne vase. It is done in a wireless enamel technique by the great Meiji artist, Gonda. Some or the best pieces ever made with the Ando mark, were actually made by Gonda. It is a large heavy piece measuring 12 1/4 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide. As the images show......It is a truly a museum quality treasure.