Shima-cho, a sample book of cotton stripes and checks (check pattern was also called "shima" before. Some has both stripes and kasuri. Mostly vegetable indigo dyed but some of colored warps are chemical and some fragments are machine woven. 40 pages with 613 fragments. In excellent condition. Meiji (1868~1912)
24.5cm x 18.5cm x 2.5cm
Antique Japanese large roll of unsewn, brocade obi fabric, in deep blue silk with gold, orange, and gray, with imagery of pine trees on a blue wave background. Hand woven with fine detail and excellent Gold threading.
Mid to Late meiji Period (1868 - 1912).
Measures about 12 ft long x 26" wide.
Antique Japanese small Bizen ware water dropper in the form of a fu-dog with ball, beautiful details, minor losses, a charming piece.
Size: 3 5/8" long x 2 3/4" high
19th century walrus tusk netsuke of a sitting Chinese boy holding a large double gourd with a rope beautifully tied around its waist. There is a good chance the gourd is meant to contain rice wine / sake. Strong piece with wonderful quality carving and great detailing - see his excellent face and finely etched textile patterns. Great patina with characteristic sheen, compressed dust in recesses. Signed SHORINSAI on the bottom. Height 1 1/4 inches.
This is a beautiful Japanese Porcelain Charger or shallow bowl. It just glows. The work is very similar to the work we have seen done by the Fukagawa or Koransha factory but it is not signed. Condition is excellent. There is a minor factory smear of gold on the front center. It can bee seen in the images. This might why the piece is not signed. It can bee seen in the images. The charger is 12 5/8 inches across and has deep sides making it 2 1/4 inches tall.
This in a very nice Japanese cloisonne wisteria vase. It has a soft yellowish/green ground color which is fairly uncommon.The vase is in outstanding condition having just a few factory pits. From the looks of the enamel and workmanship, this vase appears to have been made by Ota. The vase stands 9 1/2 inches tall and it is a heavy piece.
Japanese Meiji Period SATSUMA monogrammed plate. Signature stamp and gold signature by KINKOZAN. Plate has "JL" monogrammed on the top border of the plate. 8 3/4" diameter by 3/4" depth.
This is an early Japanese Imari vase from the last quarter of the 1800's. The leaves and flowers are painted in thick colorful enamels. There are also some gold highlights. The vase is very heavy and stoutly made. It is 10 inches tall and 8 1/2 inches wide. Condition is very good with some expected wear. Still a very fine old display piece.
19th century netsuke of a laborer pulling a large cart loaded with a drum and a huge mask. Very unusual subject, excellently carved, wonderful faces, beautiful wear and patina consistent with age. Signed MASATSUGU on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 740 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 1 5/8 inches.
19th century netsuke of a boy leaning on a huge roly-poly doll in a form of the Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma, and holding a hossu (fly whisk - usual attribute of Daruma) in his hand. Excellent carving, especially facial expressions, very nice staining and beautiful patina, usual age lines. Very good sculpture. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with multimetal disc depicting an actor in a role of a demon with its typical red wig, small drum on his chest and 2 strikers in his hands. Excellent design, great quality detailing - see the mask and finely worked hair of the wig. Beautiful patina, some wear to the surface. Staghorn bowl with incised tree branches on the back and sides incised with inclined lines imitating a narwhal tusk, very pleasant patina...
This is Japanese porcelain vase from one of the great Meiji artists. It is signed Kawamoto Hansuke. The vase has a wonderful stout shape and is very heavy. It has what appears to be several firing flaws or just an unusual design to several of the flowers. The vase measures 7 1/4 tall and is 7 1/2 inches wide.
From our Japanese Collection, a good kutani baluster-shaped jar and cover, Meiji Period (1868-1912), executed in traditional kutani palette of iron-red, green, yellow, and gilt highlights, depicting a continuous scene of figures gathered around the circumference of the piece. A small but charming example of genuine 19th century kutani.
Size and condition: 7 1/4 inches tall, 5 inches at the shoulder...
19th century sagemono set consisting of tobakoire (tobacco box, or inro with just one compartment), bodhi tree pit ojime and kurumi (natural walnut shell) netsuke. Netsuke is very cleverly made out of one piece naturally representing a turtle with its head sticking out of the carapace. The material of tobakoire is natural burl with superb play of wood colors from light brown to black and textures wonderfully resembling swirling clouds...
19th century painted wood okimono of standing Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic cape and robe, and holding a fly whisk in his hands. The carving is done in ittobori (one cut) style specifically used for famous Nara dolls. Made in saishiki technique - the wood is covered with gesso, which in turn is painted in bright colors. Superbly carved ferocious face, beautifully painted eyes and facial hair, clever treatment of robe as an assembly of geometric planes...
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of a man with a horn on his head, bent under the weight of a richly dressed woman on his back. The subject of the netsuke is Ikkaku Sennin (single horn Sage) carrying princess Sendarama on his back - according to Japanese legend, he grew angry with the Rain Dragons and sealed them away in a cave, causing a drought. Beautiful Indian princess was sent to tempt him and when he could not hold on to his chastity vow, he lost his magical powers, and the rain returned...
Early 19th century netsuke of a monk asleep by a huge drum. The subject is a metaphor for a failure to reach enlightenment - instead of seeking and understanding the profound power of the drum’s message, the monk uses it as a sleeping pad. Early strong carving wonderfully capturing facial expression and quiet mood of the scene. Beautiful warm patina turning honey color on the bottom where the netsuke was touching silk of kimono. Length 1 5/16 inches.
This is a FINELY PAINTED KUTANI CHARGER from a Pennsylvania Estate.
Painted with Figures in the Central Panel the Border is decorated with alternating Male and Female Birds in Flight. RED and GOLD Colors and
12" in Diameter date this JAPANESE CHARGER ca. 1900. Multi jpgs give more detail
Are you looking for something delicate and special - than feel free to enjoy this unique flower vase with a poem of Japans most famous poet Otagaki Rengetsu written on it.
This is a 120 year old vase made of Tanba ware. It is signed on the bottom by the artist. I was unable to identify his name.
For a Meiji Period piece of art the vase has a distinctive form and a brilliant atmosphere...
19th century kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with multimetal disc worked in low relief scene of a man drawing water from a well, his wooden bucket next to him. Excellent crisp work, wonderful face, gilding, inlaid copper bucket, great patina. Beautifully turned marine material (walrus tusk) bowl with excellent patina. Disc diameter 1 5/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 7/8 inches.
Japanese Sumida Gawa lidded sake pot or teapot with brown, blue, cream, and pale gray flambé glaze coating dripping down the exterior of the pottery surface. Two applied children in high relief are on the side. A glazed white plaque with a Ban-ni mark in underglaze blue is on the back. 6” diameter x 3" high. Early 20th century. Very good overall condition with no cracks, chips, or losses. Typical wear and production imperfections. The handle is missing...
This is a rather rare Early 19th century netsuke depicting a book and a hat placed atop a richly decorated stand. Possibly a one-o-a-kind theme. Signed Hidetomo. Netsuke measures 0.75 inches wide (1.9cm), 1.12 inches (2,8cm) long, and 1.27 inches (3.2cm) tall.
A large Ao-Kutani palette porcelain plaque in the Yoshidaya manner. Two geese in garden landscape with palm tree, lotus among rockery and water in finely applied blue, green, aubergine, black and yellow enamels. A black key border with green overglaze enamel around the canted rim. The back not glazed except for a black enamel square Kutani kiln mark with overglaze green enamel and two character black enamel artist mark with overglaze green enamel in oval...
Height: 4 cm (1.5 in)
Width: 2.7 cm (1.1 in)
Depth: 2 cm (0.8 in)
Japanese Hirado porcelain netsuke of a monkey sitting on a stump; moulded and hand decorated; very detailed; good condition
Pair of Japanese Imari Plates, decorated in the typical palette. L17th/18thC Diameter 21.5 cm, Condition: some wear to central gilding, no chips, cracks or restoration. Blue is not as bright as in images.
Height: 5.6 cm (2.2 in)
Width: 5 cm (2 in)
Japanese antler netsuke of Hotei resting on a barrel with rats, one rat is mobile; circa 1900
A Set of Five Japanese Hirado Bowls. Each decorated with a single blossom. The shaped indented rim echoed in the decoration. Hirado 19thC. Diameter; 18.0 cm. Condition: four dishes excellent, one dish has a 1.5 cm fine hairline from a small firing fault in the rim
An Unusual Japanese Imari Ship Bowl. Decorated in the centre and with a trading vessel below panels of Dragons and Ho Ho Birds. The exterior with the same vessel between European figures. 19thc. Diameter: 24.5 cm. condition: shallow chip to exterior of the foot, and some flakes to the red enamel.
This is shirushi-Hanten which a firefighter wore. A member of Nu-gumi wore this. The letter of the collar is written as Nu-gumi.
The inside is good blue-colored cotton of the natural indigo plant. It is the good cotton that both sides were spun by hand.
The small hole such as the image is it in three places and thin stain two places. The others are complete. Size 107cm x 120cm (42.1 "x 47.2")
This is impressive kabuki Costume textile of the last part of Edo era.(1800-1867)
It is beautiful silk of the dyer's saffron dyeing. A cloud and the applique of the Chinese phoenix which I write the kimono by hand and dyed are on. It has a few stains. However, it does not stand out. It does not have damage and is in a very good state.
size:121cm x 130cm (47.6" x 51.2")
A pair of large sumitsubo, Japanese carpenter's tools for marking straight lines in ink on flat surfaces. Maybe made for a topping out ceremony of a major Japanese building. Made of wood with painted decoration of cranes, turtles and waves in gold on black lacquer. Condition: spinning handles and one lug lost, traces of age, some lacquer losses and chip. Dimension: 30 cm long x 13.9 cm high x 7.2 cm wide.
This is a byobu ( folding screen ) with ink-painted motifs of many kinds of town vendors such as tea, dumplings, butterflies, Japanese wine, umbrellas, lanterns, drums, candies and so on. It has 18 paintings pasted on the paper ground. It has minor rips or damages, however in good condition as a whole. 19th century or early 20th century. Measurement of one panel: W:45cm H:120.5cm Thickness:1.7cm More photos are available by request.
It is farmclothes used in Iwate of the Meiji era(1868-1912). It does not have a stain and damage. It is very good condition.
It is dyed with an indigo plant of nature
It is used by Iwate prefecture .128cm x 131cm(50.3" x 51.5")
It has slight unevenness in dyeing. And it does not stand out.
This is Japanese Indigo dye Stripe and zanshi weave futon Cover from the Edo era to the Meiji era(1800-1880).
This material is cotton. It is made of hand-spun and hand-woven and natural indigo dyed cotton. It was made all by hand. It does not have a stain and damage and is in a very good state.
size:148cm x 100cm (58.3" x 39.4")
Pair of prints by Ashiyuki, please contact for details
A high quality cloisonne vase dating from the Meiji period. Design of ho-o birds among clouds on a green speckled ground. The shoulder with flowers on a black spiral ground. Bottom, rim and wires are gilt. With wood stand. Condition: rim with a small dent (see picture No. 6). Small area with only under the magnifying glass visible imperfections. Dimension: 12.1 cm high. Same shape and close design to item# 1174589.