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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1930 item #1373367 (stock #10953)
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Small peddler’s chest, or small choba dansu, used for carrying scales, abacus and other merchant’s tools of the trade. Corners and edges covered in thin metal; heavily decorated with birds, flowers and gourds in copper-based metal and with a Bugaku mask (Ranryo-o, the Dragon King) in wood applied on the cover. Large top compartment and two drawers. Japan, early 20th century.
H 13-1/4 x L 13-5/8 x W 6-7/8 in.

Cleaned and restored. Crack in cover

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1372958 (stock #10952)
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Wooden Buddhist shrine with a wooden sculpture of Fudo Myoo, standing on a rock before a flaming mandala. Finely carved wood with fine mineral pigment and gold decoration. In the left hand the rope, in the right hand his sword. Metal jewelry around neck and on chest. On the doors left and right are painted the images of Seitaka doji and Kongara doji. Japan, 18th century.

Height 12-1/2 in.

Inside: Gilding on jewelry worn off, string of jewelry broken, missing beads, pigments on garment slightly flakey. Case: some old dents, scratches and lacquer chips; gilding on hardware rubbed, all consistent with age and usage. One small piece of wood on bottom edge missing.

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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1371792 (stock #10950)
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Small vase of elongated bulb shape with horizontal rib pattern. Raw surface with splash of greenish and white ash glaze. Iga ware, Japan, Showa era, ca. 1950s.

H 5-1/2 inches

Mint condition

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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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