Japanese antique tansu chest for storage of paper, made of kiri (paulownia) wood, nine drawers of different sizes (3 long, 3 medium, and 3 small), iron hardware with warabite shaped drawer pulls, two of the smaller drawers have lock plates, wonderful side hardware with handles for carrying, kiri wood has nice grain and beautiful natural over all patina, Late Edo Period (c1850)
Size: 28 1/4" high x 44 1/4" wide x 16 3/4" deep.
A Japanese ivory kogo box with maki-e gold lacquer decorations and floral motifs.
Cylindrical container divided into two case engraved and enameled decoration depicting a bunny at the top.
External perforated cover with chrysanthemum mon and windows on the side showing the internal decoration, all supported by a circular base with three moved feet.
Original paulownia storage box.
Meiji period late 19th century
Sizes: 6 x 4,5 cm
Condition report: Good condition
Standing Fudo-Myo with flame mandorla sculpted in relief from a dark-gray igneous stone. Mid- to late-Edo Period ca. 1800. Very minor old loss. Traces of polychrome.
Height: 64 cm
Width: 39 cm
Depth: 25 cm
Loss of both sword and rope notwithstanding, a redoubtable Fudo-Myo stone in all respects.
Very small shrine with inside a Shaka triad, consisting of Buddha Shakyamuni in the company of Aizen Myoo (left) and Fudo Myoo (right). Shakyamuni sitting on a bed of leaves positioned on a rock, Aizen and Fudo are seated on their usual thrones, positioned on the rock, somewhat lower than Shaka. Wood with polychrome decoration with gilded metal ornaments. The right door dated Anei 2 (1773), as the year of its initiation...
Japanese Takeda Ningyo, depicting a kabuki actor on the stage, dressed in kinran dragon & cloud brocade coat with sleeves thrown back, chirimen silk crepe sleeves of inner coat embroidered in a couched gold wrapped thread dragonfly design popular for warrior class, standing with left foot kicked forward, holding aloft a tobacco pipe in the right hand and an arrow in the left hand, a sword at the waist, the head carved of wood covered in gofun with fine painted youthful features and inset hair, ...
A LARGE 18 INCHES 46 CENTIMETERS TALL AND HEAVY JAPANESE SUMIDA GAWA VASE.
IT HAS RELIEF DECORATION OF JAPANESE FUNNY FIGURES ALL AROUND. MADE AND SIGNED BY INOUE RYOSAI OF BLUE UNDER GLAZE APPEARS ON A WHITE GOURD RELIEF PANEL.
THIS LARGE VASE HAS A COMBINATION OF RED,BLACK, GREY AND OTHER COLORS...
This is a wonderful Meiji Era or Japanese golden age cloisonne box. The designs and form on this piece are very attractive and quite rare. Even the bottom has the fan shaped decorative designs. This box is in excellent condition but not perfect because the bottom enamel edges show some table wear. The box measures 4 3/4 inches by 4 inches and is2 1/4 inches tall. It is not signed.
Shrine with a finely carved sculpture of the Bodhisattva Benten, sitting with crossed legs on a throne made of lotus leaves. She holds her two hands folded together in front of her face. In her hair there is a small shinto torii, her typical headdress. She sits in front of a disc shaped mandorla. Polychrome decorated (hair and mouth) wood with ornaments in gilded metal...
Japanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump kneeling male child holding a minogame, the longevity turtle, over his right shoulder, traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for a long life, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and painted chirimen bib and hair inserts at the temples. Minor pigment losses and restorations otherwise fine condition. 4-1/4” High.
Edo Period, Circa 1820.
Good size 19th century netsuke of a standing sennin (Chinese sage) in a robe and a leaf cape, carrying on his back a boy wearing an extremely long and sumptious robe. The netsuke most probably was carved by an artist from the Yoshinaga School. Unusual subject, portrait quality carving of their faces, beautiful flowing lines of their robe, great detailing of leaf cape, wonderful texture to his beard...
Double hinged shrine with multiple sculptures, forming a mandala around the Amida sanzon. In the back row sits in the middle Amida Nyorai on a lotus base, flanked by Kannon and Seishi bosatsu. In the front stand Jizo bosatsu and Fudo Myoo. On the inside of the doors are also two sculptures, which is very unusual. On the left one of the four guardian kings, probably Komokuten, on the right possibly Uhodoji. The zushi must have been composed to a very specific order...
Length of first: 10.1 cm (4 in)
Height: 2.7 cm (1.1 in)
Depth: 5 cm (2 in)
Length of second: 8.5 cm (3.4 in)
Height: 2.3 cm (0.9 in)
Depth: 4.3 cm (1.8 in)
Quality Japanese pair of bronze turtle okimonos; finely modelled throughout; Meiji Period; both signed by the same artist; one missing the tip of its tail; good condition
A fine embroidery depicting a group of chickens. Embroideries, known as shishu in Japanese, were done on various fabrics and clothing. It was only later during the late 19th century that embroideries were appreciated for their artistic quality and were often framed or mounted on scrolls. The embroidery on the back contains an inscription which reads: Present ( or gift) September of the tenth year of Taisho (1921) (Presented by) the Imperial government of Japan...
Beautifully Carved, Large Japanese Boxwood Okimono of a Perched Hawk. Finely carved with naturalistic rendering. Signed by Miyamori. Height: 11 inches, 28 cm.
Japanese Fukusa Panel Depicting Two Kabuki Actors Performing the Lion Dance. Polychrome and Gilt Threads. A fantastic painting with wonderful movement and lush color on chirimen silk. 26w x 24.5h inches, 66 x 62.25 cm. Framed.
Japanese okimono boxwood carving of Ashinaga and Tenaga. Old Japanese folklore tells that Tenaga (with his very long arms) would climb onto the back of Ashinaga (with his very long legs) and would work to catch fish together. Dates from Taisho Period c1920.
Dimensions: 2 1/4" x 8" H
Japanese ceramic Tamba aka-dobe tokkuri, a red clay bottle vase from the Tamba kilns, a wide bodied tapering form with narrow short neck and slightly everted mouth rim covered in an iron red brown clay based glaze with a small lower section having the clay body exposed, flat base slightly concave, minor glaze imperfections. Excellent condition. 13" High x 6" in Diameter. Edo period, Circa 1650.
A very rare Inrobako storage case of the 19th century Meiji period (1868-1912). Profusely well decorated subtle clouds and geometrical designs throughout. To add to the extreme rarity of the Inrobako, all hardware is red lacquered over iron. There are two small age cracks on the front doors, other than that, this is a very rare and usable antique Japanese treasure case. It measures 15.5" wide x 13" high x 8.75" deep.
Beautiful porcelain kutani beauty, geisha in training. She reads a poem, possibly a love poem. She wears a robe that is tied in front, miko, indicative that she is not yet a geisha. The outer robe is blue decorated with white, red, green, and gold colors. Overall excellent condition. She measures 13.5" tall. Meiji Period (c1900).
Japanese Musha Ningyo of Old Minister Takenouchi, Meiji Period, late 19th Century. 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) height.
This is an exceptionally rare 'Higashi Kogin sashi' jacket, noragi from Aomori, Japan.
In the northern district of Japan, it was impossible to grow cotton because
of the cool climate. For the common people, farmers and fisher folk wore hemp clothing. Because hemp clothing is not warm enough they added sashiko stitches for more warmth.
The added geometric pattern of cotton stitches is referred to as 'Kogin'...
An antique Japanese 2 section tall Kyoto Kasane Tansu (stacking chest on chest) made of Keyaki (Zelkova), Kirinoki (Paulownia) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. All iron fittings are original and hand made. Two sliding Keyaki doors the top section open to a spacious storage area behind while a hinged door on the lower section opens to two small drawers.
Straight dovetail joinery construction using hardened wooden nails. Tansu of this configuration have become rare to find in Japan...
17th Century Japanese paloma wood carving of Buddha seated on a lotus leaf. A beautiful piece with a serene presence. It has a
wonderful, warm aged patina. 10 inches, 25.5 cm.
Japanese Bronze Sculpture of a Mermaid in a Whirlpool. An exquisite example by the important artist Isihara of the type of Japanese art that was having a major influence on Art Nouveau. A rare example of this artist's work. 9.5 inches (24 cm) long. Excellent Condition. From a prominent and widely exhibited collection.
19th Century Japanese Porcelain figure of Kintaro in court attire in the style of a
Gosho Ningyo (Palace Doll) holding a Crane. Kintaro loved all birds and animals. This rare porcelain figure is signed by Makuzu, a well recognized porcelain artist who is collected by museums and collectors in Japan. He uses glazes in his own recognizable style. 4 inches, 10 cm tall. Excellent Condition. From a prominent and widely exhibited collection.
Rare carver 19th century wooden netsuke of an alert frog on an old roof tile. Superbly carved creature - see its bumpy skin texture, limbs and face. Eyes are amber inlaid with pupils painted on the inside of inlays. Excellent beautiful patina. Signed SHITSUICHI on the bottom - this very rare artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 523, number 2424). Comes from the collection of His Royal Highness Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester - a tag is attached. Length 1 5/16 inches.
This is a wonderful bright and colorful wireless cloisonne vase from Kumeno. The vase actually looks more like porcelain than cloisonne enamel. It has a pleasing stout form and is in excellent overall condition with some rim oxidation/wear. It stands 6 inches tall and is 5 inches wide.
Late 18th Century Gonin-Bayashi, Five Japanese Musicians displayed on a Hina stand. This set was made as an addition to those Ningyo already displayed on a tiered stand. They imitate a Noh orchestra. This set has very finely carved faces, covered with burnished Gofun. Because of their size and age, these are highly desired by collectors. Average height of figures is 4 inches (10 cm).
Japanese Cloisonné Elephant Jar. This is a wonderful, charming figure and is
an unusual fine example that is a joy to behold. In a circus pose with elaborate
fittings. 11.5 inches, 29 cm tall. Excellent Condition. From a prominent and widely exhibited collection.
Framed 19th Century Japanese Late Edo Period Embroidery of a Phoenix. Wonderful and elaborate master needle
work with beautiful use of soft colored silk threads accented with gold silk
threads. This a rare find for the Japanese textile collector. This was part
of the Morris collection, which is housed in the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. It is framed with a Victorian era frame...
Japanese hand-forged iron tsuba, used to protect a swordsman's hand from sliding up the blade during use as well as to provide balance. The openwork tsuba depicting two sages, their robes accented in gilt, one sage with a face of silver and the other with a face of copper. The front image is signed 'Soheishi Nyudo Soten' , the other side reads 'Goshu Hikone ju' (resides in Goshu-current Shiga prefecture).
Dimensions: 3 1/8" x 3 1/4"
Japanese Edo Period Wood Carving of a Monkey on a Peach Tree. Originally housed in a Buddhist temple. Carved of poloma wood. Original pigments still exist, which is very unusual for the age. It is a wonderfully carved and captivating work of art. 23 x 9 inches, 58.5 x 23 cm.
Small shrine. Inside stands Jizo bosatsu, holding a jewel in his left hand and his staff in the right. Very elaborate wooden carving with thick layers of lacquer on top of which gilding. Unusual face. Staff in metal. Height 11 1/8 inches (29.2 cm). Japan, 18th century. Jizo’s right foot and left hand repaired (old), vertical crack from his left shoulder down and from his right armpit down, along the seams in the underlying woodblocks, insides of doors strongly, but smoothly rubbed, outside of ...
Shrine with inside the figure of Nichiren sitting on a seven tiered elevation. Halfway up the elevation two demons are crouching, holding up the upper half of the elevation. Nichiren hold a hand scroll in his left hand, a mace in his right. He wears a richly decorated garment. Most of the decorations may have been in gold, now oxidized and gone. Lacquered wood with crystal eyes. Measurements of case: H 12 5/8; W 8 ¼; D 6 ½ in. (31.5 x 21.2 x 16.6 cm). Edo period, 18th century. Case with slight...
Small shrine with inside the standing figure of Amida Buddha, both hands in mudra. He stands before a delicately open-worked halo on a double lotus flower, based on a hexagonal base. With gold decorated wood. On the inside of the doors, on the gilding in green, black, pink and white some flowering lotus plants. Japan, 18th / 19th century.
Height of case: 15 3/16 in. (39.4 cm).
Case: One part of hardware missing from left door, crack in left door (bottom), lacquer chipping off at back, ...