Fine cylindrical tea bowl of beige-brown colored stoneware, covered with thin gray glaze with white drippings on the outside. Here and there the gray glaze is very thin, allowing the stoneware to shine through in a pinkish hue. Inside practically round shape, outside lightly faceted. Bottom outside left unglazed. Imprinted seal inside foot rim: Asahi. Japan 20th century. H 2 5/8; diam. 4 inches. Slight traces of usage, some very thin glaze cracks. Generally in good condition.
Bamboo tea scoop for powdered tea, elegantly curved. Patinated dark brown on the inside with some dark spots on the tip of the spoon. Japan, 20th century.
Comes with fitted box, sealed with double gourd shaped red seal of the carver.
L 7.25 inches (18.4 cm); box 8.5 x 1.4 inches (21.5 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm).
Few scratches on bamboo from usage, excellent condition.
Earthenware tray-like vessel in the shape of a basket with handle. On one side with triangular openings. The right half covered with the typical green glaze, covering the handle, as well. The handle is engraved, so as to simulate a rattan wrapped handle. The inside on the left decorated with a fisherman in a boat and plants in brown glaze. The outside decorated with geometric motifs. Standing on three small feet. Signed with a single character on the side (underglaze) and with the same character engraved in the bottom. Japan, Showa era, dated 1976.
L 9 ½ x W 7 x H ca. 4 inches.
Vase or jar with globular body, standing on a short foot and with everting rim. Underglaze blue decoration of carp swimming in water. Signed and sealed. Bottom marked as well. Korea, late 19th or 20th century.
Height 12 in., width 12 ½ in.
Ex coll. Peter K. Warren, CT
Binyon, Laurence, Chinese Paintings in English Collections, G. Vanoest, Paris/Brussels 1927. 26 pp. text 29 pp. description of plates, 64 black and white plates. Quarto, blue cloth, title gilt-stamped to spine (oxidized) and front cover, gold on upper side pages. Binding is sunned at spine and rubbed and scratched on all sides; crown is lightly bumped. Pages very lightly browned, mostly at outer edges, binding fragile but in place.
A bronze figurine of a kappa, water imp, sitting at ease on a rock with his feet in the water of a pond. His hands placed besides him on the rock. Cast bronze with a beautiful brown patina that turns green on the rock. Signed in the back. Japan, late Taisho, early Showa period.
H 5.7 inches (14.5 cm); W 4.4 inches (11.2 cm); D 5.5 inches (14 cm).
Dents and patina abrasions consistent with usage as an ashtray, otherwise fine condition.
Bronze cylindrical handwarmer (shuro or te-aburi) with decoration of gourds plastically dangling from a band of low relief leaves and vines. The spokes in the shoulder and cover also in the shape of gourds. The flat part of the cover with fretwork in the shape of leaves and engraved vines. Playful combination of brown and yellow bronze. The handles wrapped in soft leather. Japan, Taisho/Showa eras, 1920s-1930s.
Comes with the original fitted tomobako signed and with inscription on the outside of the cover:
Nakagawa Joeki tsukuru and seal Joeki; Bronze handwarmer with [design of] gourds and vines …
H ca. 12 in. diameter ca. 8 ½ in.
Few scuffs consistent with usage, leather a bit dry and brittle.
Nakagawa Joeki (1880-1940)
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.
Water dropper in the shape of a double gourd with a vine and a reishi mushroom. Brown patinated bronze. Japan, Showa era, 1930s-1950s.
L 2½ inch
Small and elegant sentoku, or yellow bronze, urn-shaped vase on four feet that raise up as nyoi scepters. The sentoku covered with a darker brown patina with hand painted black spots, imitating smoke and grime traces. Art deco feeling. Japan, Showa era, 1930s. Unmarked.
H 6 inches
Few superficial rubbed spots on body, pin-prick dent in one of the raised lines on shoulder.
Fairly large water dropper, cast and dark patinated bronze, in the shape of the face of a demon. The spout of the water dropper replaces the lower jaw. Japan, first half of 20th century or earlier.
W 3 x D 2.5 x H 1 inches.
Surface slightly rubbed on higher parts, otherwise excellent condition.
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.
Cast iron vase in the shape of a tall and slender pail with irregular upper edge and moveable handle in the shape of a clipped branch. Front and back decorated under the edge with cast in stylized chrysanthemums (kiku) and paulownia (kiri), both of which can be interpreted as Imperial emblems, but also as imperial (kiku) and shogunal (kiri), depending on the context. Unmarked, Japan, probably Taisho era, 1920s.
H without handle 7¾ in; with handle ca. 9 in.
Corrosion on bottom on inside, otherwise fine condition.
Provenance: Private collection of ikebana vessels
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.
Realistically shaped dildo made of ceramic, glazed and decorated with peony flowers in Buncheong inlay technique. Two holes at the base of the dildo allow for a strap to attach the dildo to the ankle. Korea, 19th/20th century.
L 6-7/8 inches.
Some glaze chips, firing glaze flaw, otherwise fine condition
Hollow stoneware sculpture of a tiger sitting on its haunches, growling at the world, showing its shark-like white teeth. Somewhat folky piece. Incised artist’s seal, unidentified. Japan, Showa period.
Height ca. 15.5 inches.
Koro of cylindracal shape, standing on three short, triangular feet. On whitish, rather porous clay that turned orange-brown at the feet due to heat exposure, a white glaze has been applied with a fine crackle. Inside left unglazed. Ofuke ware (kilns in Nagoya region), 20th century.
Height 3 1/8 inches, diameter 3 ¼ inches.
One very small, older chip at outer rim, one tiny firing crack in the body, otherwise very good condition.
Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a reclining Shiba dog with a ruff. Brown stoneware with specklled yellow ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed with impressed seal. Japan, Showa era, 20th century.
H 1 ¾ x L 2 ¼ inches