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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1365253 (stock #10937)
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Oversized hanging scroll, portraying a beautiful young noble woman in travel dress, looking down and holding a large head. While her orange kimono is decorated with cherry blossoms, her overcoat is decorated with maple leaves in autumn colors. Signed: Tojo. Red seal: Seizan. Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, Taisho era, 1920s.

Image 74 x 32 inches
Mounting 90 x 40 inches. Wooden scroll ends.

Some minor cracks and losses to gofun, otherwise fine condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1368822 (stock #10942)
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Cute and good carving of a small monkey hanging in the branches of a persimmon tree with ripe fruits around it. Kiri (paulownia) wood with grey dust patina. Probably a stand-alone decorative carving, perhaps part of a ranma or transom. Japan, Taisho-Showa era, 1920s-1930s.

H 13.25 x W 7.5 inches

Some tiny, hardly visible chips on outer edges, one metal eyelet for hanging on back, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1363420 (stock #10928)
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Relatively tall sculpture of a fox dressed as a priest, on its way to create mayhem. The body wrapped in a long garment, the head covered, too, holding a long walking stick and a rosary. Small impressed maker’s seal in the back, illegible. Bizen-yaki, Japan, Taisho or Showa era, 1920s-1930s.

H 8 inches

Tiny, old chip at one of the feet, virtually invisible. The hole in the back is not a damage, but a vent, to prevent the piece from exploding in the kiln.

Bizenyaki sculptures are usually much smaller, with exception of the shishi. The fox priest is a rare subject matter in this material.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #1363555 (stock #10929)
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Unique impressionistic youga style painting of the Minami-za kabuki theater of Kyoto. A crowd of people strolling in front of the theater. This is a moment in time where a typical Japanese street scene is mixing with Western elements, such as Western dress (or partial western dress) and electricity poles. The painting itself is a mixture of Japanese material (silk, mineral colors, gold wash) and western, impressionistic painting technique. Signed and dated in the upper left corner: Showa 2 (1927), fall, ‘Tenjaku utsutsu kore’ and seal ‘Tenjaku’. Although we are not familiar with the painter, this type of painting fits in the Meiji, Taisho era youga movement.

Painting: H 33 ¾ x W 48 inches
Mounting with wooden scroll ends: H 64 ½ x W 54 ¾ inches.

Excellent condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1364804 (stock #10935)
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Small handwarmer, or te-aburi, in the shape of a yawning Daruma, stretching his arms above his head. The back of his head left open to put in and take out the charcoal. Could theoretically also function as an incense burner. Bronze with brown patina and fine engraving. Japan, Meiji/Taisho eras, 1910s-1930s.

H ca. 8.5 inches

Few casting flaws, one repaired, otherwise fine condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1930 item #532699 (stock #10449)
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$2,200.00
Very unusual tall vase with short neck and everted rim, decorated with a drinking scene. A green eyed cat, dressed in a striped kimono holds out a giant sake cup and is being served by a white mouse in female attire. He is attended by two more mice in female dress, who take care of the food on a small table. Decoration in enamel and gold on a finely crackled celadon glaze. The background sprinkled with gold flakes. The shoulder and the high foot are decorated in stylized flower designs. The everted rim decorated with cherry blossoms. Unknown kiln/region. Japan, late Meiji or Taisho period.
Height 11 inches (28 cm).
Restoration at rim, hole drilled in bottom (formerly mounted as lamp). Otherwise excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1364374 (stock #10933)
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$1,800.00
Bronze sculpture of a pair of geese, necks stretched out. Both are abstracted into a beautiful silhouette. One goose is stretching its head towards the sky (or full moon), the other stretching its neck towards its companion. Bronze with brown patina. One goose signed Fusa (or Sou). Japan, Showa era, ca. 1950s.
Geese (and full moon) are a symbol of the fall

H 12 ¾ and 6 ½ inches

Excellent condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Furniture : Pre 1930 item #883502 (stock #10467)
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$1200.00
Beautiful and elegant chest for keeping tea utensils. From top to bottom: shelf behind four sliding doors, one curved, wave shaped display shelf and one straight shelf, one curved drawer, two shelf behind two sliding doors each. Doors and drawer fronts made of beautiful mulberry veneer. On the insides and backs of doors and drawers there are left and right marks and numbers in black ink, to indicate the right place for each door. The sides of a wood with coarser grain. Japan, Taisho period.
Height 38 in., width 48 ¼ in., depth 11 ¼ inches.
Some damage (dent, scratches) at sides, due to moving/transport, minor wear shelf edges, one crack in the veneer of one of the doors (stabilized by the back-wood). Overall very good condition and splendid piece.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #308719 (stock #10109)
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a) Vase in the shape of a double gourd. On a reddish-brown stoneware base patches of a dark brown glaze have been thinly applied, partly covered again by patches of greenish-yellow ash glaze. On the bottom imprinted seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. H 7 3/8 inches. Small firing crack on the lower bulb. b) Vase in the shape of a mallet with a circular body and an elongated, square neck. Over a reddish-brown clay a typical brown glaze has been applied with irregular spots. In the bottom seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. Height 9 inches; diameter 4 ¾ inches. Mint condition.

Tôzan is either the name of a potters’s studio, or an artist’s name. The name Tôzan is found frequently among potters of the Bizen tradition, usually referring to the background of the family or studio, tracing it back into the Momoyama period.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1980 item #788531 (stock #10510)
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Wooden folk art carving of a giant penis. Strapped around it are red and white twisted cotton cords (imenawash) with paper strips (gohei). Japan, 20th century.
H 24.5 inches (62.2 cm).
Excellent condition.
The piece may have stood in a fertility shrine or may have been used in a festival.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #894183 (stock #10566)
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$800.00
Large stoneware jar with multi-color dripping glaze over a creamy white crackled glaze. The green is the traditional green of earlier Shigaraki ware, the blue as well, but a variety of brown, red, pink and black have been added to the palette. Inside and bottom covered in brown glaze with yellow spots. Japan, early Showa, 1920-1930s.
Height 17 inches (43.2 cm), diameter at shoulder ca. 17 inches (43.2 cm).
Mint condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1940 item #805777 (stock #10514)
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Japanese woodblock print. From the series “Selected views of the Tokaido”. Titel: Bishu, Seto. Early evening in the back yard of a potter in Seto. Sepia tones. Signature in the lower right corner: Hasui. Seal: Kawase. Publisher: Watanabe Shosaburo. Date: Showa 9 (1934), 3rd month. 15.4 x 10.2 inches (39 x 26 cm).
Very good impression, slightly yellowed, tiny restorations in lower margin, right margin restored.

Kawase Hasui: 1883-1957.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1930 item #355593 (stock #10201)
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Image of Fudo Myoo standing in the clouds with his sword in his right, the rope in his left hand. Mandala of red flames behind him. Inscribed: Copied from…. ; two red seals. Slip of paper on the back with red seal: Black ink and colors and gold on silk, mounted in green brocade with copper, engraved scroll ends. Inscribed on the back of the mounting, probably referring to a remounting: Date Taisho 14 or 1925, name of owner? (Narita yamanushi).
Painted area 46 5/8 x 16 1/8 inches (119.6 x 41.3 cm).
Painting somewhat soiled and browned, some small dark spots, mainly in background, slightly creased. Mounting with short tear (approx. 1 inch) in edge, weak spots at scrolls fortified with tape, otherwise in good hanging condition. Painting all in all in good condition. Comes with original wooden box, which is dated and inscribed with the name of original painter.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1930 item #860040 (stock #10509)
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$700.00
Hanging scroll with the image of a dragon, dressed in kimono and apron and standing on hind legs (what happened to the tail?), holding up high a jewel, as if offering to a celestial relative. Signed: Shoto …. Seal: Moroku sensei. Black ink and color on paper. Japan, 1910s-1920s.

Painted area: ca. 52 x 13.5 in. (132 x 34.5 cm). Total length ca. 77 inches (195 cm).

Few light stains and tiny spots, some foxing in mounting, otherwise very good condition.

Kurata Shoto (1865-1928) active in Akita

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #195773 (stock #10038)
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$600.00
Large peach-shaped bowl decorated on in- and outside with blossoming peach-tree branches. On beige colored stoneware a thin layer of cream colored, opaque glaze has been applied, on which the bold design in overglaze blue, black, green, red, white and gold. On the outside in a white rectangular reserve the signature Kenzan. This piece is definitely in the style of Ogata Kenzan, but not by the hand of any of them. Japan, 20th century. H 4; w 12 inches. Tiny chip on inner rim, otherwise excellent condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1330287 (stock #10860)
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$550.00
Wall vase of irregular round shape. Middle brown stoneware – Bizen-like - with irregularly thrown dripping glaze decoration. Metal eye at the back for hanging. Marked with 3 dots at bottom. Unidentified artist. Japan, around 1970s.

H ca 7 in., W at foot 4 ¼ in.

Mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1344078 (stock #10876)
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Small compact vase of irregular shape on a wide foot. Brown clay with white inclusions typical for Shigaraki ware, with green and white translucent glaze patches and ash glaze. Small metal loop on the shoulder in the ‘back’ to hang the vase from a beam in the tokonoma. Bottom left unglazed. Impressed seal of artist: Kozan. Japan, Shigaraki ware, Showa/Heisei, circa 1970s-1980s.

H 3-3/4 in., W 4-3/4 in.

Mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1950 item #1098273 (stock #10648)
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$500.00
Two gilt bronze hangings, probably called yoraku, used as Buddhist altar decorations. They are made of a cap in the shape of a lotus leaf. From sevenpoints rows of pierced diamond shaped and triangular metal ornaments are hanging, with glass beads between them, each with two or three bell shaped drops. One string in the middle with at the bottom a larger bell-shaped pendant. Japan, Showa period, probably 1950 or a little earlier.
Total length of each: ca. 7 inches.
One triangular ornament bent, but not broken, otherwise excellent condition.

These kind of ornaments would be hanging from the corners of a baldachine, or large moveable shrine.