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
Wooden mask imaging the old hag Datsueba with an emaciated face, high cheekbones, long eyebrows and a sagging mouth in which teeth are missing. Beautiful caricature, very rare subject matter. The mask has light traces ofo usage on the inside and was probably used in a country side theater situation. Japan, probably Meiji era.
H 9 ½ x W 7 ¼ inches.
Good patina with traces of touching / rubbing on the nose, cheeks and chin. Few small chips, almost invisible due to patina of time, small repair on back in the mouth corner.
Beautiful wooden jizai, or pothook hanger. This rather straight type is called Ebisu, after the shape of Ebisu’s hat. The hanger was suspended with a rope from a heavy beam, over the open hearth. From the hanger an adjustable hook was hung that held the kettle. Zelkova wood. 19th century.
H 11 x D 8 x W 5 3/8 inches.
Beautiful patina, some age cracks and slight traces of usage. Fine condition. Comes with iron base.
Kanban or shop sign for a store that sells or manufactures ornamental pin holders (ireko ningyo) for the oar pin (of a rowing boat or raft) to fall into. The pin holders are decorated as a male and a female face in court dress, their mouths wide open. The words ireko ningyo branded into the wooden board. On the back of the board paper label with a flying plover and the words ireko ningyo; also explanatory drawing of the proper use of the ireko ningyo. Japan, early 19th century.
W 19 in. x H 10.75 and 8 in.
Painting very worn, upper side missing, old repairs with iron nails.
Original wooden sign board for an optician (Nakatani). The central image is a pince-nez with real convex lenses set in the wood. The sign is advertising all kinds of eye glasses, concave, convex and flat lenses. Japan, Meiji period. Original piece, from the period, no reproduction.
Measurements of wood: H 13 x W 18 x T 1 inches (ca. 33 x 45.75 x 2.5 cm); height with hanging loops: 14 3/8 inches (36.5 cm).
Weathering, paint losses, usual chips and dents, some warping, all in all very good condition.
Canister of sorts, perhaps for tea, perhaps for candy, made of molded and lacquered papier-mache, in the shape of the lucky dwarf Fukusuke, wrapped in a black overcoat, over red pants, decorated with snow covered pine branches. His large head above his knees. He wears an oddly shaped hat that functions as the cover of the container. Glass eyes inlaid in his face, a metal edge inserted on the top. The material used indicates that the container was made for export. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: 5 ½ inches.
Material around metal edge retracting, some restoration, very good condition.
Very plain carpenter’s tool to draw straight lines. Dark wood. Japan, 19/20th century.
Length 8 1/8 inches (20.5 cm)
Needle missing, handle loose. Otherwise traces of usage, beautiful patina.
Carpenter’s tool to draw straight lines. The shape of the piece is a wheel floating on a wave. On the edge of the ink drenched cotton wool compartment sits a minogame. Middle brown wood. Japan, early 20th century.
Length 9 ¾ inches (ca. 25 cm)
Needle missing, handle missing. Wheel is a lovingly copied replacement. Body with fine detail and very nice patina.
Crosspiece for a kettle hook in the shape of a closed fan. Very elegant piece with simple engraved details. Keyaki (zelkova) wood with bronze hardware. Japan, 19th century.
Length 13 7/8 in. (35.4 cm), depth at widest point 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm), height 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm).
One side exposed to sunlight, some dent and chips, but otherwise excellent condition.
Elegant container for transporting food. Cylindrical bentwood container with round fitting cover. The handle has the same shape as the handles for buckets etc. Soft wood with reddish clear finish. Japan, Meiji period. Folk art.
Diameter 9 7/8 in. (25.3 cm), height 11 1/8 in. (28.4 cm).
Crack through the bottom of the container, repaired crack in cover, otherwise minor traces of usage. Nice and stable condition.
Shishi mask with movable lower jaw, of a fairly small size. Kiri wood, cleverly carved to use the grain to accentuate the curves in the face and stained with a reddish color. The bushy eyebrows, nose and mane and lines in the forehead stained black, the ears held together by cotton rope. Holes in the back of the head show where the cloth was attached. Beautiful piece of folk art. Japan, 19th century.
Height 5 3/8 in. (13.9 cm), width 8 ½ in. (22.6 cm), depth 7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm).
Bottom of lower jaw slightly rubbed, some stress cracks in upper lip, between front teeth and at back of head, black stain rubbed, one ear repaired. All in all good and stable condition.
Kanban with identical inscription on both sides: goko (five scents), a general, government licensed medication against all kinds of ailments. Middle brown wood with carved inscription, painted brown, gold and red. Forged iron handle on top.
Height with handle 22 5/8 in. (58.2 cm), without handle 21 in. (53.9 cm), width 7 in. (18 cm).
Some of the colors chipped out of the grooves, partly repainted and chipping again, some minor, short cracks and chips around the handle. Generally very good condition, very stable hanging condition.
Kanban with the inscription Inari taiji goyo (great Inari shrine, your order). The sign may refer to a shop at the shrine grounds, selling things to be offered at the shrine or souvenirs, or to a shop that specifically make devotional objects to the order of this particular Inari shrine. Attached to a black patinated wooden board are a bell and rope and two small objects, covered in gold brocade. Forged iron handle at top.
Measurements: height at left 38 ½ in., height at right 38 ¼ in.; width at top 12 3/16 in., width at bottom 11 3/8 in.
Japan, Edo period, 18th century.
Some worm damage, metal part of left ornament missing, otherwise good condition.
Two small, oval covered boxes made of bentwood (magemono), stitched at the overlap. Outer sides of the boxes and the covers brushed and covered with reddish brown lacquer, the insides and bottoms covered with black lacquer. Purple silk net bag. Japan, Meiji period/early 20th century.
Largest box H 1 1/8; L 4 ¾; W 3 inches (3,9 x 12 x 7,6 cm).
Some traces of usage at boxes and covers, some warping at the rounding which causes seams between bottom and side, otherwise good condition.
Bentwood was the predecessor of plastic in Japan. This kind of boxes was extensively used and was not meant to last.
Bag used for carrying a picnic set. Pieces of cotton patched together into a square shape with two triangular overlap tips for closure and a looped strap. On the outside various striped and other designs (kasuri and kata-zome) in indigo blue. On the inside patches of mainly solid indigo blue. Height 25 ½; width 17 inches (62 x 42,5 cm). Japan, Meiji period (around 1900). Some traces of usage, but still good condition.
Square box with a slide, used for carrying food for a picnic. Through two cut out gourd-shapes in the sides the small boxes on the inside become visible. Inside there are two long boxes, one cubic box and two boxes of half the height, with cover and one top cover. The outer and inner boxes made of wood covered with a transparent lacquer finish, all insides in red lacquer, all bottoms in black lacquer. Forged iron handle. On top stamped mark: Kazumaru or Ichimaru.
(H 10 5/8; L 10 3/8; D 5 ½ inches (26,8 x 26,4 x 13,7 cm).
Japan, Meiji period.
Top cover somewhat warped, some minor traces of usage (some lacquer and finish slightly rubbed, some scratches on surface of outer box), generally in very good condition.
Small square box with a slide, used for carrying food. Through two cut out circles in the sides the small boxes on the inside become visible. Inside there are a larger box with cover, one smaller of the same height, but of half the length and two more that are half the size of the smaller box, one of which has a cover. The outer and inner boxes of wood with lacquer finish, all insides in black lacquer. Poem written in black ink on the slide. Brass (sentoku) handle. H 5 5/8; L 7 3/8; D 4 inches (14,4 x 18,9 x 10,4 cm). Japan, Meiji period. Cover of the larger box somewhat warped, some minor traces of usage (cracks in black lacquer on wood seams, some lacquer and finish rubbed off).
Well pulley. Wooden wheel with forged iron hanging construction. The inside of groove in the wheel, where the rope would run through, lined with a thin layer of copper. Diameter wheel 12 ¼ inches, height of whole 16 ¾ inches, thickness wheel 3, thickness whole 6 ½ inches. Beautiful patina of the keyaki wood, some dents and scratches due to usage, copper on wheel slightly damage due to usage, otherwise very good condition. Japan, 19th century