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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1374238 (stock #10957)
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Large chawan of irregular, slightly ovoid shape. Light-colored stoneware, decorated with incised rings on the outside. Inside the rings a translucent green glaze collects and drips down. On the bottom inside, the green translucent glaze has collected, topped with a splash of blue and white glaze. Underneath the translucent green, in the areas where it collects, is gold dust and gold leaf, shimmering through the glaze as the light falls on it. Probably Seto ware (stoneware and glaze very much resemble ki-Seto), Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.
H 3-1/4 x W 5-1/2 inches.

Minimal traces of usage, excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1374224 (stock #10955)
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Thin light-colored stoneware tea bowl of cylindrical shape with straight sides. Dark brown glaze, covered with yellowish brown translucent glaze, creating playful lines. Very fine crackle. Probably Takatori ware. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.
H 2-7/8 x diam. 3-5/8 in.

Short crack along/atop the rim, otherwise fine condition. Red collector’s number on foot.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1374222 (stock #10954)
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Small serving dish of square, octagonal shape with two handles standing off the side. Thin light-colored stoneware covered with cream-colored glaze with fine crackle filled in the brown color from the foot to ¾ of the height. On top of the cream-colored glaze some iron-brown decorations of pine needle, plum blossom, cross hatch design and a mon-shaped design and a splash of green glaze with some blue in it. Inside a light textile structure impressed in the glaze. Oribe ware, Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.
H 2-3/8 x W 4 x D 3-3/8 inches.

One small area on top of rim scraped, all in all excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1372940 (stock #10951)
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Tall and slender vase. Whitish stoneware covered in mottled, blueish green glaze over a greenish translucent glaze with fine and beautiful crackle. On top of that a colorful decoration of noh masks, perhaps reflecting a certain play. Identified are a Sojobo, king of the Tengu with his feather fan, Hannya, Okame or another sensuous woman, and an unidentified man and a brown faced monster. On the neck a white fret motive, on the shoulder a bands with checkers and dragon motive. Japan, early 20th century.
H 12 inches, diam. ca. 4-3/4 in.
Bottom a bit warped, excellent condition

The vase itself may be of a slightly earlier date than the decoration. For the export, Japanese decorated existing stoneware vases and bottles with funny and colorful scenes that might appeal to the Westerner, rather than to the Japanese taste.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1371761 (stock #10949)
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Large two-door shrine holding inside the figure of Kujaku Myoo sitting ona lutus dais on the back of a peacock. Kujaku means peacock and is revered for transmuting the "poisons" of greed and anger and for eliminating karmic hindrances. The peacock (in India) eats poisonous plants and snakes and is thus thought to guard against evils from poisoning or calamity. Kujaku has four arms, holding a pomegranate, peacock feather, and either a lotus flower or a Buddha-fruit (one attribute is missing). Wooden carving decorated in colors and gold, jewelry and one attribute in metal. Bottom dated Kaei 5 (1852) and inscribed with maker’s name. Japan.

H zushi 16-1/2 inches.

Colors on peacock chipped (touched up), gilding on feathers that form the halo and on the garment brittle and flaking, white pigment on Kujaku with chips and small cracks, one attribute to Kujaku missing, some of the crown missing. All damages consistent with usage and age. All in all good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1371750 (stock #10948)
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Storage jar with tapering body, broad shoulder and slightly everted lip. Stoneware with some inclusions, pitted surface and ash glaze patches. Used for storing tea leaves. Iga ware, Mie Prefecture, Japan, Edo period, 17th or possibly a little later (early 18th century).
Comes with wooden storage box of a later date.

H 10-1/2 inches

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1370795 (stock #10946)
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Zushi, shrine used in Buddhist temples, containing a statue of Aizen Myoo. He sits on his typical lotus throne carried by a vase full of jewels, surrounded by a circular, red, flaming nimbus. He has six arms and on his head he wears a crown in the shape of a lion’s head flanked by two gilded sharito reliquaries. In his lower hands Aizen holds a ghanta and a bell, the secondary hands hold arrows and formerly held a bow, the upper pair of hands used to hold probably a rope and a jewel. Sandalwood decorated with gold and black and red. Jewelry made of gilded copper and glass beads. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H zushi ca. 16 inches; figure of Aizen ca. 5 inches.

Figure: one are re-stuck with glue, others joints showing small seams, some beads missing in gilded jewelry. Zushi: some lacquer chips on the doors, edges and other traces of obvious age and usage. All in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1370065 (stock #10944)
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Midsize yellowish brown bronze mirror with handle. One side polished to a shiny, mirroring surface, the other side decorated in cast, low relief, with two abstracted flowering ginger shoots, laid in a circle. Nice bold design. Probably a family crest (unidentified). Inscribed on the left in very low relief: Tenkaichi Fujiwara Iesato. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.

H 10-7/8 in.; diam. 7-1/8 in.

Mirror surface discolored and with a few nicks and small scratches, back with three superficial corrosion spots.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1370038 (stock #10943)
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Finely cast bronze censer on three cloud-shaped feet with a décor on the body of an elephant on one side, a baku on the other on a background of very fine repetitive fretwork, patinated in a rich brown. Stick-like handles parallel to the body. Bottom left undecorated, with a seal: Seimin sei (Cast by Seimin). Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.
Original cover lost and replaced by a wooden Chinese cover.

H w/o cover 3-1/8 in.; H w. cover 4-1/2 in; W 4-1/4; diam. 3-1/2 in.

Handles with some repairs, otherwise very good condition. Wooden cover with some old chips, all in all very good condition

Murata Seimin (1761-1837), bronze sculptor active in Edo, well-known for his fine casting of bronze vessels and animals.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1920 item #1368456 (stock #10940)
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Crosspiece for a kettle hook in the shape of a swimming carp. Very naturalistically carved in keyaki (zelkova) wood, with three balls in its mouth. Beautiful thin find and tail fin. Signed on belly: ..da saku. Japan, early 20th century, 1910s. Mingei.

L 15-1/4 inches, H ca. 5 inches

Few chips around the hole in the tail, very light black staining from sooth, all in all fine condition.

By repute from the Collection of Jay Gates, former Director of The Phillips Collection, Washington,DC

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1368448 (stock #10939)
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Wall vase for ikebana flower arrangement, to be hung at one of the vertical beams of the tokonoma. Brown stoneware with white inclusions, splash of greenish glaze. Metal eyelet through hole in the back for hanging the vase up (new replacement). Shigaraki ware, Japan, Meiji-Taisho eras, late 19th, early 20th century.

H 5 - 5-1/4 inches, diam 3-1/4 inches

Fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1365266 (stock #10938)
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Small scroll painting of the monk Ikkyu dancing on top of the head of a skeleton, who is playing the shamisen. Scene from the story of the Hell Courtesan, as described by Santo Kyoden, the equivalent of memento mori. Signed and sealed at lower right by the artist. Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, early 20th century.

Painting 34 ¼ x 8 in.
Mounting 55 x 11 ½ in.

Mounting a bit dry, causing some horizontal ribs. Otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1364808 (stock #10936)
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Small zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Inside the Raigo (Amida Nyorai coming from the Western Paradise, greeting the souls of the deceased and inviting them to follow him to Paradise). One half carved is carved on the inside with Amida Butsu sitting on a lotus throne, his hands in mudra, the other half is carved with Seishi bosatsu and Kannon bosatsu. Seishi has the hands folded together to express joy over receiving a new soul into Paradise. Kannon holds a lotus flower. Wood decorated in lapis lazuli blue, overpainted with immaculate lines of gold. The outside covered in gold lacquer. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 3-7/8 inches

Tip of zushi broken and repaired on one side with very little loss. Some traces of age and usage, but all in all in fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1364377 (stock #10934)
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Midsize Buddhist shrine, zushi, with double doors on front and back, housing a suiseki (scholar’s rock) placed on a lotus base. Zushi black lacquer on outside with brown copper hardware engraved with flowers, the roof decorated above the doors with cranes painted in black ink. Inside covered with gold lacquer, the pillars decorated with lotus petals. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H zushi 9 inches

Some traces of usage (chips on lotus base, rubbing of painting), one door with minor damage on inside, otherwise excellent condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1364039 (stock #10931)
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Fairly large zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Double sided, made of sandalwood. Inside each half is a deep relief carving of Buddhist deities. On one side the three-eyed Aizen Myoo with a lion crown, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds before a red mandorla. His six hands hold Vajra and ghanta, bow and arrow, and lotus bud and pouch. On the other side the two-armed Kannon bosatsu, holding a lotus bud in the left hand, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds. Inside decorated in gold, red, blue and black for details, green mineral color for the background. The outside decorated in gold lacquer over a black lacquer ground: loose lotus petals and a bonji on each side (one bonji probably for Fugen and one bonji A (for Amida)). Japan, Edo period, around 1800.

H ca. 3-7/8 inches

Inside in excellent condition with minimal abrasions of the blue in the hair and of the green background pigment. Black lacquer on the outside with some losses. Above the bonji for Fugen (?) a restoration. Wood a bit warped.

Rare

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1363963 (stock #10930)
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Tiny zushi, or hand shrine, with double doors on two sides. Inside a two-sided reliquary with tiny stones, in the shape of a flaming jewel, or tama, on a lotus base in gilt copper alloy and glass. Shrine made of kiri wood (paulonia), inside covered with lacquer with nashiji gold sprinkle. Outside mounted in gilt metal hardware with nanako decoration. Japan, Edo period, 18th century, possibly earlier.

H 2 ½ inches

Some age and use related chipping along the edges, minor damage in the lacquer, and nicks and dents, hinges a bit weak, rubbed and bent, but all in all in very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1363366 (stock #10927)
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Slender brushpot carved out of a thick bamboo segment, in the shape of a snake that has caught a toad between the curls of its body, about to devour it. Beautiful carving and light staining on the snake’s body. Snake and toad are 2 of the 3 animals of the sansukumi, the animals who are afraid of each other. Japan, 2nd half 19th century.

H ca. 8 inches, diam. 3¼ inches.

Old crack in the lower segment, normal for bamboo, some worm damage in bottom and on the inside, not impacting the stability of the piece.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1362544 (stock #10925)
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Highly unusual painting of the Shaka sanzon, showing in the center of the painting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni with thick black hair on his chest and very long toe nails. He is flanked by the bodhisattvas Fugen standing on the elephant and Monju standing on the lion. Fugen and Monju have abnormally long noses. The noses resemble the noses with which the Japanese used to image foreigners (Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch). Black ink, gold and light colors on silk. Gilt copper scroll ends. Japan, 19th century.

Image H 37.25 x W 16.6 inches
Mounting ca. 70 x 21 inches

Painting in very good condition, mounting with traces of usage.