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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 : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #1362544 (stock #10925)
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Highly unusual painting of the Shaka sanzon, showing in the center of the painting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni with thick black hair on his chest and very long toe nails. He is flanked by the bodhisattvas Fugen standing on the elephant and Monju standing on the lion. Fugen and Monju have abnormally long noses. The noses resemble the noses with which the Japanese used to image foreigners (Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch). Black ink, gold and light colors on silk. Gilt copper scroll ends. Japan, 19th century.

Image H 37.25 x W 16.6 inches
Mounting ca. 70 x 21 inches

Painting in very good condition, mounting with traces of usage.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1910 item #1358167 (stock #10921)
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One-sided accordion album with 12 paintings. 10 images of man-woman scenes, one rape scene, one scene with a woman with dildo. Paintings in black ink, color (some with gold), and gofun on silk. The covers are bound in silk brocade, with a small silk sumie painting of a heron on the front cover. Paintings unsigned, but the style can be attributed to Tomioka Eisen (1864–1905). Japan, Meiji era, around 1900.

Album 11¼ x 14¾ inches
Paintings 9½ x 13½ inches

Paintings with a few small spots, some wear (rubbing, missing spots) at upper margins of some paintings, but all in all in excellent condition. Covers with some wear around the corners, but all in all in fine condition.

Comes in blue Chinese wrapper in fair condition

Larger images are available upon request

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1352587 (stock #10915)
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Brushpot made of stone ware with decoration in green, brown and cream colored glazes and engraving of lotus flowers and leaves and the character fuku (good fortune). White glaze with beautiful fine crackle. Impressed seal in bottom: Yutoku. Kyoto ware, Kyo-yaki. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

H 4-5/8 x Diam 3¼ inches

Tiny glaze chip on rim, firing flaw inside, from which springs a hair crack. All within the acceptable minor traces of usage

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1331840 (stock #10864)
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Hanging scroll with the image of a withered skull lying between flowering Suzuki grass. Nozarashi skull (exposed in an open field) in the fall. Black ink, brown and some gold and silver on silk. Dated and signed: 1915, Unrei and artist’s seal. Japan. Borders decorated with brocade skulls and Suzuki grasses.

Painting: H 51 ½ x W 20 ¼ inches. Total height 79 ¼ inches.

Good condition.

Akamatsu Unrei (1892-1958), Osaka. Studied painting with Unsen Koyama, Tikugai Fujii and Himejima Chikugai.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1331832 (stock #10863)
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Hanging scroll with painting in black ink and some red and yellow on silk of a snake winding its way through a dead tree. Signed Ouyang Chin, two red seals, one of which reads Ouyang Chin. China, 1950s-1960s. Japanese style mounting.

Image H 39 x W 17 ¾ inches. Total height 69 ½ inches.

Few horizontal creases.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1320394 (stock #10823)
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Short handscroll divided into three separate sections with each two paintings of a woman's vagina and illustrations of how to pleasure her. Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Unsigned, Japan, late Edo period, 19th century. 20th century mounting with sandalwood scroll ends.

L 44 1/2 x H 7 3/4 inches.

Slight rubbing of gofun, all in all very good condition.

Fitting kiri-wood storage box, 20th century.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1950 item #1309132 (stock #10813)
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Almost square silk fukusa or ceremonial cloth with a brocade weave design in black, white, red and silver-gray silk threads on a ground of gold brocade weave. The design shows an open fan painting with a dancing crane and short text with seal. The text states that the design is after a painting by Takeuchi Seiho (1864 -1942) and ends with Seiho’s red seal from the 1940s. Reverse decorated in brocade weave with a shippo design. Brown silk tassels. Japan, Showa era, mid-20th century.

H 16 x W 16 ½ inches.

Excellent condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1308267 (stock #10809)
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Almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloth, with hand-painted (yuzen dye-technique) and embroidered (silk, god and silver thread) decoration of a garden landscape around a house in spring. Possibly a scene from the Tale of Genji. Reverse covered with bright red silk cloth decorated in brocade weave with cranes, chrysanthemums, bamboo, pine and shippo design. Silk tassels. Japan, Meiji era, probably early 20th century.

H 26 ½ x W 25 inches.

One tassel missing, one sharp central fold bending some silver threads, otherwise fine condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1910 item #1306274 (stock #10804)
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Almost square fukusa or ceremonial cloth. Silk decorated with a hand-painted (yuzen dye-technique) autumn landscape with waterfalls, overlaid by an opened fan – in woven brocade, hand-stitched colored silk and gold embroidery and painting techniques– decorated with the poet Kakinomoto Hitomaro on an engawa between scattered momiji leaves and ivy in autumnal colors. Reverse decorated with a tachibana crest in stencil-dye technique. Silk and gold-thread tassels. Japan, Meiji era, probably early 20th century.

H 28 x W 26 ¼ inches.

Some foxing and other stains, consistent with use and storage, otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1301935 (stock #10798)
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Hand scroll with twenty separate images of men and women entering in a contest of size of their respective genitals and of stamina. Referees are running around in colorful garments. The worn out men are getting drunk and giddy. Then comes the measuring and the women gloriously win. Black ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Unsigned. Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.

Scroll: H 8 ¼ x L ca. 231 inches. Each image: ca. 6 ½ x 9 ½ inches.

Few minor traces of usage, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301892 (stock #10796)
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Hanging scroll. Wheel of Life. A circle on a black background, divided into ten sections around a white central circle that holds the character ‘shin’, meaning heart or soul. The ten sections represent the ten realms that are the ten possibilities of rebirth. On top the four realms of enlightened beings: Buddhas, Boshisattvas, arhats and pratyeka Buddhas. Underneath, the six realms (rokudo): Heavenly beings, humans, militant demons (ashura), animals, hungry ghosts and hell. Ink, mineral colors, gofun and gold on paper. Japan, Edo period, early 19th century.

Image: 29 ¼ x W 21 inches. Mounting: 44 ¼ x 26 ½ inches. Silver scroll ends decorated with cut out peonies on rocks mounted over a sentoku core.

Punch hole in bottom, stabilized by mounting, few small rubbed spots, dent in scroll end.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301819 (stock #10795)
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Hanging scroll. Five stages of decay of a noble woman, starting with a very young beauty, through the stages of married life, old age, death until nothing but bones are left. Usually, nine stages are shown, elaborating on the stages after death, called kusozu (pictures of the nine aspects). Ink, mineral colors and gofun on silk. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.

Image: H 34 ½ x W 12 inches. Mounting: 52 ¾ x 16 ¾ inches.

Very fine painting. Few light stains, pigments slightly rubbed here and there, otherwise fine condition. One scroll end missing.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1800 item #1301107 (stock #10792)
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Hanging scroll. Painting of a tiger before a rock and bamboo, text in the upper half. Black ink and some faint red color on silk. Signed 73 year old hogen Sosen hitsu. Red artist’s seal. Japan, 18th century.

Yamamoto Sosen (1679-1760), Kyoto, Kano School

Painted area: 40 x 17 inches
Overall height 73 ¼ inches

Few tiny worm holes, old very light water stain, otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1294860 (stock #10780)
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Hanging scroll with image of a tiger, seen on its back, sitting under a promontory with some vegetation. Black ink, mineral colors and some gofun on silk. Dated and signed: Keio year of the tiger, 1st day of spring, Kofuku or Takayoshi. Seals: Mitsui Kofuku and Shisei. Japan, Edo period, 1866.

Image H 40 ½ x W 14 ¼ inches. Total height 76 inches.

Mitsui Takayoshi (1808-1885), born in Kyoto, established the Mitsui financial imperium and founded Mitsui Bank. He was known for his calligraphy and painting. He was an avid collector of objects connected to the tea ceremony. Today, his collection, including his own paintings can be viewed in the Mitsui Memorial Museum in Tokyo.

The painting presented here was obviously painted to usher in the year of the tiger, 1866.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1285976 (stock #10762)
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Hanging scroll. Portrait of Minamoto no Tsunemoto, sitting on a tiger skin before his sword, dressed in a white garment over his armor. Ink, colors, gofun and gold sprinkle on silk. Dated mizunoe ne (1852), early summer. Signed Gyokurei Omoto and two seals.
Image H 45 ½ x W 20 in.; total height: 80 ¼ in.

Comes with fitted kiri-wood storage box inscribed, dated 1852 and signed Ono Gyokurei.

Minamoto no Tsunemoto (894-961) was an imperial prince who received the family name Minamoto. Founder of the family that brought forth Minamoto, Ashikaga and Tokugawa shogun. He was a fine poet, as well.

Ono Gyokurei (1807-1870) was active in the bakumatsu era (end of Edo period). Not in Roberts.