Zuihou-In III (Rock garden)
Size: Approximately 18 x 13 inches.
Signed in pencil and sealed by the artist.
Medium: Japanese woodblock print.
Condition: Faint matte line in margin.
Zuihoin is part of Daitoku-ji Temple in Kyoto.
Late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) Japanese book in accordion format consisting of 14 different woodblock prints of various birds and flowers. Wonderful bright prints, beautiful designs, it must be possible to identify all of the represented species. All prints are in great condition, no stains or worm holes, newer beautiful Japanese paper covers. Size 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (17 x 11.5 cm).
Antique ukiyo-e woodblock print of a woman with a look of frustration on her face, wearing a black kimono, decorated with light pink and blue sakura blossoms, and a salmon pink under robe. Behind her are several cottages with trees and mountains, and stylized signatures in the top right corner and middle left side. Ukiyo-e is a genre of woodblock print that was popular during the 17-19th centuries in Japan. The print is set behind glass in a large frame, and the back of the frame lists artist: ...
Small Japanese Kyotoyaki (Kyoto ware) ceramic teapot with cover. The body is painted with enamels on 2 sides with various grasses and flowers. No chips, cracks or repairs. Excellent quality decoration in Japanese taste, lower part and cover fired beautiful pink color, superb finely crackled glaze. Stamped with a potter’s mark by the foot and signed and stamped on the original wooden box by the potter WAZEN KITAMURA, blue wrapping cloth. Total length of the teapot with handle and spout 4 5/16 i...
42 assorted late Meiji - late Taisho (1910s to 1930s) Japanese seals including 1 rock crystal, 1 glass, 1 ceramic, 1 plastic and 38 wooden ones. Wooden ones are hanko stamps - they bear most common Japanese surnames and are premade in a workshop to be bought by persons with the corresponding surnames. Some of the seals were used, some were not, wear and chipping to some, altogether in decent condition. Height of the oval light colored boxwood ones is 2 3/8 inches.
Antique ukiyo-e woodblock print of an anxious person in a brown checkered kimono, with light blue trim and obi with black flowers, assisting a rather bored looking woman in a gorgeous, long black kimono with pink and blue blows, blue trim, and a pink under kimono and obi. By artist Ichiyosai Toyokuni Okada.
Size: (entire frame) 21.5" height, 17" width (artwork only) 14.75" height, 9.5" width
Late Meiji / early Taisho period small Japanese cloisonne vase decorated with a duck in flight over blooming flowers issuing from rocks. Elegant design and perfect execution, medium blue background, bronze rims, decoration of tiny circles going around them. In great condition, beautiful enamel colors, no dents or star cracks. Height 3 1/2 inches.
1920s (late Meiji - early Taisho) ceramic chaire (tea caddy for storing powdered green tea used in tea ceremony). Kyoto ware with dark brown to black glaze and beautiful tan colored streak going from the mouth to the middle of the body, old turned resin lid lined with gold leaf paper on the inside. Typical beautiful Japanese elliptical lines on the bottom left by a string used to cut the item off the potter’s wheel, signed by the potter on the side by the bottom, very nice patina. Height with...
19th century Japanese book printed in ink and colors on paper, describing the early career of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, its title can be translated as “The first volume of the pictorial account of the Taiko”. Taiko (retired Regent) was Hideyoshi’s title after he resigned as kampaku (Emperor’s Chief Advisor). The book is in great vintage condition, numbers 33 pages. Size 7 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches.
Japanese scroll painting in ink and colors on silk depicting the sun rising above the sea over Meoto Iwa (the Wedded or Married Couple Rocks) - two rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie Prefecture, Japan. They are joined by a shimenawa (lengths of rice straw rope used for ritual purification in the Shinto religion) and are considered sacred by worshippers at the neighboring Futami Okitama Shrine. According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the creator of kami, Izanagi and Izanami. Su...
19th century Japanese ceramic Shigaraki ware chawan (tea bowl) with celadon color glaze. Shigaraki is one of the six ancient kilns of Japan with long history dating back to the medieval period. Typical Shigaraki coarse clay body with large sand particles, elegant conical shape, beautiful potting with a sublime Japanese touch of a finger print of the potter with identifiable friction ridges (located on unglazed portion of the side by white spots on the left of Enlargement 1). Wonderful subtle gl...
Large size limited edition original mezzotint print “SAFARI LAND - EMPTY HEARTS” by Atsuo Sakazume (born 1941) depicting two figures of gorillas consisting of jigsaw puzzle pieces, one of them starting to disintegrate, the other one almost gone as a recognizable entity. Printed in 1983, signed by the artist in pencil, titled in Japanese and numbered 10 from of the tiny edition of 20. Superb crisp print (both print and paper are perfectly rectangular, all the irregularities to the borders are...
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese temple boxwood seal of square section with original matching bottom container covering the printing surface. Excellent quality crisp carving of 6 characters in regular script, old red seal paste in the grooves. Metal stud on the side indicates the position of the top of the imprint. Beautiful patina on the surface of wood. The impression of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1 (photo is flipped left to right to present the image as it will actually print on pape...
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting young Yoshitsune and Benkei at the Gojo bridge in Kyoto. For an account of this significant encounter see H. Joly LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART, p. 82. Do not photograph well. Shakudo body, silver inlaid highlights, in great condition. Length of Yoshitsune menuki is 1 inch.
Japanese glass ojime in a form of tombodama bead with a garden of white roses with metal flakes under a deep blue sky with both full and crescent moons. Tombodama can be translated as “dragonfly ball” and the name is thought to come about because when the molten glass is applied to the core bead it resembles a dragonfly’s eye. Very well made piece - see the individual petals, in perfect condition. Height 9/16 inches.
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese temple boxwood seal of square section. Excellent quality crisp carving of 15 characters in regular script, old red seal paste in the grooves. Metal stud on the side indicates the position of the top of the imprint. Beautiful patina on the surface of wood. The impression of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1 (photo is flipped left to right to present the image as it will actually print on paper). Height 2 1/4 inches, base 1 5/16 inches.
19th century Edo period Japanese kashira (metal pommel at the end of the hilt of a sword) with incised poem and multimetal inlays depicting small rocks, young shhots and bush stumps by a winding stream. Elegant design in Japanese taste, superbly made piece with crisp metalwork and gilding, some wear. Length 1 7/16 inches.
Late 18th to early 19th century iron Japanese sword tsuba depicting a scholar peacefully fishing by a stream under a rock with vines and pine growing on it, design continues on the back showing clumps of bamboo grass. Nicely designed quiet piece with perfectly captured mood, wonderful quality work with silver and gold inlays, in great condition. Height 3 5/16 inches.
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese temple boxwood seal of round section. Excellent quality crisp carving of 4 characters in regular script among scrolling vines, old red seal paste in the grooves. Small flat area on the side indicates the position of the top of the imprint. Beautiful patina on the surface of wood. The impression of the seal is shown on Enlargement 1 (photo is flipped left to right to present the image as it will actually print on paper). Height 2 5/16 inches, base diameter 1 1/...