Sterling silver box with flowers. Made by Arthur & Bond in Yokohama, Japan, ca. 1890. Box has curved sides and dome over. Naturalistic flowers applied to hammered ground. Very pretty with golden patina. Historic monogram engraved on cover interior. Hallmarked.
Dimensions: H 3 ½ x D 4 in. Weight: 7.5 troy ounces. BG696
Turn-of-the-century Japanese sterling silver casket box. Retailed by Arthur & Bond in Yokoyama. Rectangular with hinged cover. Cover top and sides decorated with iris flowers set in eddying water. Ornament applied, chased, and engraved; ground hand hammered. Marked “Arthur & Bond / Yokohama” and “Sterling”. Very good condition with deep patina.
Dimensions: H 3 3/4 x W 7 x D 4 1/8 in. Weight: 24 troy ounces. #BT159
Beautiful turn-of-the-century Japanese silver bowl. Retailed by Arthur & Bond in Yokohama. Curved and tapering on plain scalloped foot ring. Sides exterior have applied irises in up-down arrangement with swaying tendrils and stems in eddying water. Fluid and tactile period motif heightened with engraving. Ground hand hammered. Double-walled.
Marked “Arthur & Bond / Yokohama / Sterling”. Very good condition.
Dimensions: H 5 1/4 x D 10 1/4 in. Weight: 36.5 troy ounces. #BT363
Early Showa period (1910s) Japanese mingei (Arts and Crafts) copper box with chased and enameled decoration of four flowers with leaves - I am sure it is possible to identify the flower species. Wonderful combination of uchidashi (hammered-out) and moriage (piled-up) techniques: metal was raised from the opposite side and raised surface was subsequently heavily enameled and fired. Crisp work with thickly laid enamel, clever use of transparent enamel on petals with bright copper surface showing u...
Japanese silver bowl, ca 1890. Bellied with applied gold, copper, and silver flowers and birds. Ornament fluid and stylized. Three c-scroll supports with shaped and tooled cloud mounts. Marked. Very good condition.
Dimensions: H 5 1/2 x D 9 3/4 in. Heavy weight: 42.5 troy ounces. #BR425
Unusual early Showa period (1930s) Japanese mingei (Arts and Crafts) small shallow metal box with enamel decoration of a flowering prunus tree branches with leaves and blooms. Wonderful use of moriage (piled-up enamel) techniques, beautiful work, excellent patina, in perfect condition. Most probably made by the Ando company. Length 3 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) small Japanese cloisonne match box holder decorated on both sides with a blooming lotus flower surrounded by scrolling vines. Wonderful detailed work, gilding to the metal sides (some wear) and wires, cloisonne itself is in excellent condition. Length 1 3/4 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) very unusual small keyaki (Japanese elm) wood box, its top inlaid with a metal fitting depicting 3 wise monkeys in their habitual "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitudes: Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears, and Iwazaru covering his mouth. Excellent metalwork with various patinas, superb detailing - see their faces and finely worked fur. Beautiful wood texture, bottom and top fit neatly, in excellent condition. Box length 3 1/16 i...
17th century iron Japanese sword tsuba with sunken relief decoration of scattered cherry flowers. Beautiful design invoking melancholy at the transience of the beauty of a flower. Powerful piece in Japanese taste, pleasant to hold, beautiful patina and strong feel of age. Height 2 9/16 inches.
19th century Japanese tobakoire (tobacco box, basically an inro with just one compartment) with ojime and netsuke. The box is carved out of soft wood, the front is inlaid with metal fitting depicting two swimming fish patinated in different colors, the back with a single worn character inside a circle, possibly reading SHO (translated as small). Staghorn ojime in a shape of a crouching bird, and a netsuke of a man reading a book inside a huge clam half-shell, blue silk cord holding everything to...
Turn-of-the-century Japanese silver box. Rectangular with hinged cover. Cover top and sides decorated with iris flowers set in eddying water. Ornament applied, chased, and engraved; ground hand hammered. Interior lined with stained wood; bottom open. Marked “Sterling” with Japanese characters. Very good condition with deep patina.
Dimensions: H 3 1/4 x W 7 x D 4 in. Gross weight: 19 troy ounces. #BT160
Early Showa period (1910s) Japanese mingei (Arts and Crafts) copper box with chased and enameled decoration of an ogival reserve containing a flowering tulip and a gnarled pomegranate bush with fruits by a twisted rock. Comes with a matching tray. Wonderful combination of uchidashi (hammered-out) and moriage (piled-up) techniques: metal was raised from the opposite side and raised surface was subsequently heavily enameled and fired. Crisp work with thickly laid enamel, beautifully applied multip...
Fukagawa Japanese porcelain small square plate with enamel decoration of blooming medow grasses and flowers. Beautiful piece in Japanese taste, excellent quality painting, skilled use of gold and multicolored enamels, in perfect condition. Marked in blue enamel on the bottom with a mountain and inscribed FUKAGAWA TSUKURU (made in Fukagawa). Size 4 7/8 inches square.
Unusually high quality late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) Japanese cloisonne match box holder with ogival reserve depicting a butterfly in flight by a branch with leaves and beautiful flowers. Background and the back are decorated with flowers among scrolling vines with leaves. Excellent detailed work, gilding to the metal sides (some wear) and wires, cloisonne itself is in excellent condition. Length 2 3/8 inches.
Two-handle sterling silver trophy cup. Made by Whiting, C 1890. Baluster body with 2 bracket handles on dome foot. Incised lines, foliage, and stylized egg-and-dart motif. Scalloped rim and foot rim, the latter encircled with flowers and foliage. A dramatic piece. Hallmark includes no. 3378. Excellent condition.
Dimensions: Height: 9 ½ in. Diameter: 6 3/4 in. Width (12 in. with handles). Weight: 59 Troy Ounces. BJ633
Pretty and desirable Japanese silver jewelry box, ca 1920. Rectangular with four scalloped bracket supports at corners and two upward tapering supports mounted to back. Three hinged and stacked tiers, and hinged cover with loose-mounted bracket handle. Front and back hasps. Engraved blossoming branches. Green velvet lining. Underside stained wood. Marked. Very good condition. Some velvet wear.
Dimensions: H (without handle) 3 1/2 x W 4 1/4 x D 3 1/8 in. Gross weight: 14 troy ounces. #BT043
Rather unusual early Showa period (1910s) Japanese cloisonne stamp box, its hinged cover decorated with an undulating dragon in flight among numerous stylized clouds. The dragon is looking at a flaming roundel containing a single character HODOKO, which can be translated as “give/bestow/alms”. Beautifully made, black enamel background with fine original pitting, all exposed metal parts are gilded (some wear), blue enamel on the bottom and inside. Very attractive functional piece, hinges work...
Japanese bamboo kogo (box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of a naruko - a scarecrow consisting of a board with several bamboo tubes tied to it by their tops, so as the wind blows, they hit each other and the board thus producing noise. Lacquered with gold lacquer on the inside and have 3 painted birds taking flight as they are scared by the device. Very clever design, in perfect condition, branded with a stamp of the artist and signed with a kakihan (artist’s monogram) on the bottom...
19th century Japanese porcelain kogo (box for incense during tea ceremony) in a form of an eggplant with a tiny green frog on top of it. Very nice and clever potting, pleasant feel of age. Great piece in Japanese taste. Comes with newer box and wrapping cloth. Length 2 5/8 inches. Part of a small East Coast kogo collection.