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Slender maedate, or helmet ornament, in the shape of two horns connected by a circle. Sheet of copper based metal, with traces of gilding underneath oxidation. Japan, late Meiji-early Showa, first half 20th century.

H 8-7/8 x W9-1/4 in.

Surface mostly oxidized green, chips in oxidation showing underlying copper brown material, some warping, some scratches

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Enamel : Pre 1930 item #1370067 (stock #10945)
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Very small incense burner with a flattened globular body on three short feet and a cover with two butterfly-shaped openings for the smoke. Copper body with copper cloisons filled with yellow, brown, red, blue and white enamels. Yellow band of chrysanthemum and other flowers above roundels filled with flowers. Inside blue enamel. Wire and bottom formerly gilded. Japan, Meiji or Taisho era, 1910s-1920s.

H ca 3 in.; diam. 3-1/2 in.

Gilding rubbed off almost completely, some pitting (old), generally very good condition.

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 : 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 : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1364374 (stock #10933)
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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 : 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 : Tea Articles : Pre 1930 item #1358626 (stock #10924)
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Small chaire tea caddy with ovoid-shaped body and square shoulders of light colored stoneware, covered with a black high gloss glaze with a mottled cream and brown dripping patch on the shoulder. Black glaze on inside. Japan, Kyoto ware, late Meiji or Taisho era, 1910s-1920s.

H ca. 3 inches

Fine condition

Comes with wooden storage box, without inscription, from a much later date

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1355614 (stock #10919)
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Vase for flowers or for decoration in the shape of a bamboo segment with roots at the base and a branch with leaves, on which a cicada sits. Heavy stoneware with thick multi-colored glaze. Unsigned. Japan, mid-late 1970s.

H 10 ¼ inches

Mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1352602 (stock #10916)
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Three part set with tray and covered bowl to serve food to guests at a (wedding) banquet. Or perhaps a gift to guests attending a wedding. Tray decorated on top in silver slightly raised takamakie with waves on a black ishime ground. The cover of the bowl decorated in gold and silver and reddish brown takamakie lacquer on a black ishime ground, with chidori (plovers) flying over waves. The bottom of the tray and the inside of bowl and cover in gold nashiji. This image refers to a poem written by Emperor Daigo in the 10th century: The plovers that live / on salty cliffs above the / shores of Sashide / cry ‘yachiyo’ wishing for / our lord’s eight-thousand-year reign. Which is the expression of the wish for a long and stable imperial rule. In the modern world, it can also be taken at a much simpler meaning, of the power of the little birds to navigate in stormy weather. Japan, Showa era, mid-20th century or a little later.
Original storage box inscribed with the contents, the name of the company that made it.

Tray 1-3/8 x 9 x 8-7/8 inches; Bowl diam 7-1/8 inches; Set H 4 ¼ inches

Very good condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1950 item #1349096 (stock #10907)
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Small chaire, powder tea container used in the tea ceremony during the colder months. Grey stoneware, typical for the Seto region, covered in a beautiful brown mottled, partially iridescent glaze. Unsigned. Re-purposed stopper from a blue and white porcelain Chinese tea container. Seto ware, Japan, early-mid Showa era, 1930s-1940s.

H 3-1/4 inches.

Perfect condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1349093 (stock #10906)
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Tea cup for daily use, yunomi. Light stoneware; the cup of irregular stone-like structure, covered in brown-red and speckled beige glaze. On the front and in the bottom are applied decorations in blue and white of a running horse. On the back a decoration of a family crest (circle surrounded by 8 small circles). Potter’s seal impressed in bottom. Japan, Shino, Showa era, 1970s.
Comes with original fitted wooden storage box, signed by the artist

H 3 inches

Perfect condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1347338 (stock #10901)
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Stoneware vase in the shape of a brush, for ikebana flower arrangement. Vertical hanging with ring. Opening at top, opening halfway, allowing for different varieties of arrangement. Brown stoneware with celadon transparent glaze with fine crackle with brown and blue patches. Potter’s or studio seal impressed. Japan, Showa era, 1960s.

H ca. 13½ inches

Fine condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1347327 (stock #10900)
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Molded stoneware vessel in the shape of a globular pail with a handle. Reddish brown clay with greenish brown glaze. Impressed studio seal in bottom. Japan, Showa era, 1970s.

H ca. 6 ¾ inches

Water stains inside, otherwise mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1346793 (stock #10892)
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Oval vessel standing on four pillar feet with a straight edge, as used for wide ikebana flower arrangements. Grayish earthenware with brown teadust glaze, with shimmering and dark brown swirls in the lighter brown. Relief stamped mark in the middle of the bottom and potter’s mark towards the edge of the bottom. Japan, perhaps Kyushu, Showa era, 1960-1980s.

H 3 x L 11 x D 8 inches.

Several small chips on the outer rims, standing edge on the inside lovingly repaired and retouched.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1930 item #1346212 (stock #10891)
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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

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1346185 (stock #10888)
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Stoneware water jar or mizusashi as used in the tea ceremony with round bottom developing into a diamond shaped edge. Greyish smooth stoneware, decorated with horizontal grooves, covered with brown iridescent glaze on the outside and with a mottled greenish-yellow glaze on the inside, dripping over the outside edge and down. Black lacquered, diamond-shaped coved. Takatori style, Japan, early Showa era, circa 1930-1950s.

H without cover 5¾ in.; with cover 6½ in.

Jar in fine condition, cover with 2 chips.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #1344585 (stock #10883)
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Tall flower vase of dented cylindrical form with two rudimentary lions head masks on the flanks. Thick brown clay with irregular splashes of ash glaze. Signed on the bottom. Bizen stoneware, or perhaps Tokoname. Japan, Showa era, 1950s-1960s.

H 10¼ inch.

Comes with original fitted wooden tomobako, inscribed on cover, with signature and seal matching the signature on the bottom of the vase

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1930 item #1344578 (stock #10882)
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Two wooden masks from the no theater. Hannya with relatively short horns, reflecting the transformation of a jealous, angry woman into a demon. The other the gaunt face of an old man with mustache and beard. Thin carved wood with gesso and polychrome painting. Japan, Taisho era, 1920s.

H ca. 8 ½ inches, each

Tiny red spots on surface, cracks in the gesso on the chins of each, each with a crack in the gesso on the forehead, long, a but shallow chip on back of Hannya mask, damage to horns of Hannya. Most damages superficial.