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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1800 item #1358627 (stock #10918)
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Small square kogo, box for storing incense. Cover decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e and nashiji gold flakes with the Sanskrit or Siddham character ban, sitting on a lotus base, floating in a lotus pond. Ban stands for the Dainichi Nyorai. On a lotus base in the upper left corner, sits the character for life (sei) and on the upper right float two characters: woman (onna) and wood? (ki) between bird-like shapes. Inside nashiji gold flakes of different sizes. Pewter rims. Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 3/4 x W 2-1/2 x D 2-1/2 in.

Some deep chips on the edges of the cover, lacquer dried, some shallow dents on cover (lotus).

Old inventory number in red lacquer on pewter rims: 31.50.170.

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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1332318 (stock #10865)
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Pair of oni sculptures. One oni with arms crossed, a dragon over its shoulder and two horns; the other holding a ball or jewel and with one horn. Each with a cloud coming out of the head that forms the base of candle stick. Each standing on a wooden base. The dragon and jewel may refer to Ryujin, the dragon king of the sea. Wood with gesso and lacquer. Japan, Edo/Tokyo studio, late Edo or early Meiji, 19th century.

H incl. bases ca. 15 ¼ inch each

Small chips and losses, one oni stuck back on its wooden base with metal wires, more or less original condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1910 item #1234189 (stock #10733)
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Chawan in Raku style, made in dry lacquer technique (kanshitsu) simulating ceramic. The lacquer is applied in such a way that you see small crevices and patches of red and brownish black lacquer in the same way we see it in Raku ware. Japan, Meiji era.
H ca. 3 ½ inches, dia. Ca. 4 ½ inches.
Excellent condition.
Comes with brocade pouch and plain wooden box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1145451 (stock #10670)
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A pair of nio figures, standing on a rock-shaped base. Wood with red, black ochre and green lacquer. The eyes inlaid in glass or crystal. Typical style of an unidentified studio that has been active at least since the 18th century and that often produced oni no nembutsu, ceremonial dagger holder in the shape of demons and other often witty subject matter. Japan, early 19th century.
Height: circa 20.5 inches and 21 inches.
A: wooden kegs in feet re-placed and refitted (with pegs). A and Um: Some restored and unrestored cracks, all in all excellent condition.

De-accessioned from the Denver Art Museum. Original label still on the bottom.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Netsuke and Related : Pre 1940 item #1122048 (stock #10655)
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Sash clasp or belt buckle for the flat, braided type of obi, made of dry lacquer, in the shape of a no mask. The mask is Uba, the old woman. On the back there are two metal loops through which the obi is pushed. Signed on back: Kyu.
Comes with its original kiri-wood tomobako. Inscription on box: Obidome, nomen, Uba (kanshitsu), meaning: sash clasp, no mask, Uba (dry lacquer).
Japan, probably Taisho period, first half 20th century.
With Total height: 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm).
Four hair cracks in the face (not visible without loupe), one fissure on the back. Minimal traces of usage on the hooks in the back. All in all good condition.

Dry lacquer (kanshitsu) is a technique, whereby the object is made of lacquer only, no wooden or paper core is holding up the form. This allows for a very free flowing kind of shape, but it is a very labor intensive procedure.

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Contemporary item #1121950 (stock #BLib35)
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Trede, Melanie, and Julia Meech, Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection. Berlin: Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst Staatliche Museen zu Berlin 2006. Softcover.
Catalog of 78 objects from the Weber collection, with essays by Quitman Eugene Phillips, Melanie Trede, Alexander Hoffman, and Terry Satsuki Milhaupt. Numerous color illustrations.
Like new condition
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1049793 (stock #10641)
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Canister of sorts, perhaps for tea, perhaps for candy, made of molded and lacquered papier-mache, in the shape of the lucky dwarf Fukusuke, wrapped in a black overcoat, over red pants, decorated with snow covered pine branches. His large head above his knees. He wears an oddly shaped hat that functions as the cover of the container. Glass eyes inlaid in his face, a metal edge inserted on the top. The material used indicates that the container was made for export. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: 5 ½ inches.
Material around metal edge retracting, some restoration, very good condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1900 item #702855 (stock #10473)
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A pair of exquisitely carved wooden stands in three parts, used for offering food or other things on a Buddhist altar. The hexagonal stems have each six inset wooden panels with finely carved fretwork in the shape of birds between flowers, colored with gold and bright colors. Each of the panels show different birds and different flowers. Over the stem there is a hexagonal middle section, inserted with each six finely carved pieces of fretwork in the shape of different flowering plants. A hexagonal offering stand crowns the whole, surrounded by lotus shaped fretwork. Each petal decorated with either a chrysanthemum or a paulonia flower (one kiku-mon between five kiri-mon and one kiri-mon between five kiku-mon), symbols of the imperial household. The framework of the stands covered in black lacquer, decorated in gold and silver with chrysanthemums between karakusa. Both stands are completely different from each other. Japan, Meiji period.
Overall height 9 in. (22.8 cm); width at widest point 5.5 in. (13.3 cm).
Four pieces of fretwork broken, three of which are glued and repainted. Some cracks in the lacquered frame along the seams of the wood, some of the gold and silver lacquer rubbed and chipped. The color on the fretwork dried out and crumbling. Damages due to age and use. All in all in rather good condition.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1990 item #681357 (stock #B 091)
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Kakudo, Yoshiko, Later Japanese Lacquers, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Exhibition, July 18 – November 15, 1987. With a Foreword by Rand Castile, Director.
14 pp., 23 x 15.5 cm. Paper. English text. 17 colour illustrations.
Almost perfect condition.

The brochure was produced in connection with an exhibition of Edo period (1615-1868) lacquer objects owned by the museum. Shown are writing boxes (suzuribako), a tray decorated with Daikoku’s hammer by Zeshin, a set of 12 incense containers of globular shape, each decorated and signed by another Taisho-period (1912-25) lacquer master, a sho flute, and a picnic-set.
Essay by Kakudo Yoshiko, entitled ‘Later Japanese Lacquers’, sub-titles ‘Surface Decoration’, ‘Writing Implements’, ‘Objects for Incense and Tea’, ‘Objects for Dressing’, etc., pp. 2-11.
Detailed list of the objects shown in the exhibition, measurements, inv.-no., etc., and Suggested Further Reading, pp. 12-14.

Item location: Europe.

All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Books : References : Antiques : Pre 1970 item #678240 (stock #B 084)
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Speiser, Werner, Lackkunst in Ostasien Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Herbol-Werke–Herbig-Haarhaus AG, Koeln.
Holle Verlag, Baden-Baden, Germany, 1965, 375 pp., 25.5 x 21 cm. Cloth. German language. 37 colour plates, 256 b/w illustrations.
Dust cover faded and slightly worn at spine, slight foxing at page edges, otherwise perfect condition.

Lackkunst in Ostasien (East-Asian Lacquer Art) is one of the first overviews written in German language on the subject of lacquer. The book begins chronologically with illustrations of more than 2000 years old Chinese lacquer objects, continuing to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean lacquer boxes and screens of later epochs. Samples are shown of all kinds of techniques and styles, including lacquer paintings by Shibata Zeshin. The majority of objects shown here were owned by two rivalling industrial-lacquer producing companies: the Herberts and the Herbig-Haarhaus companies, in Wuppertal and Cologne, Germany. Owner and director of both companies were interested in lacquer art and began in 1937 to exhibit family treasures. Later they systematically bought lacquer objects at auctions and exhibitions. During the 2nd World War a large part of the Herberts collection, especially lacquered furniture, was destroyed. However, smaller items of Chinese and Japanese lacquer art, being easier to transport, and perhaps more precious, were stored in rural places and survived. Beatrix von Rague was responsible for the collection of one company during the years 1952-1959. Edith Straesser was responsible for the other company-owned lacquer museum from 1967 until 1987.
In 1982 the lacquer collections of Dr. Kurt Herberts were acquired by the BASF Lacke + Farben AG, who now exhibit them in their Museum of Lacquer Art in Muenster, Germany.
Appendix: Zeittafel (Table of Chinese dynasties, reigns of Japanese emperors, Korean eras, from 1600 B.C. to 1925 A.D.), pp. 356-359. Bibliography, pp. 360-364. Index, pp. 365-374, Museums and collections presented, p. 375. Table of contents, p. 376.

Rare early reference. Item location: Europe.

All Items : Artists : Lacquer : Pre 1990 item #568284 (stock #L 053)
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Set of five black lacquer, circular dishes. Each dish decorated with a plant of the season: flowering plum beside waves, young ferns and grasses, flowering Malvern plant, red maple trees at a hill, and bamboo beside the full moon. All on glossy black lacquer ground, the decoration in shades of gold, silver, red and brown sprinkled lacquer (hiramakie), and with gold powders. Decorations in the style of Ogata Korin. Made for Heiando by Wanyo. Japan, ca. 1985.
Diameter: 6 ½ inches (16.5 cm).
Perfect condition.

In fitted wooden box, 7 ½ x 7 ½ x 4 inches (19 x 19 x 10.2 cm), inscribed on the lid KÔRIN-sai-gahen-maki-e, ichimonji meimei-sara (Dishes individually decorated in KÔRIN style). Signed and sealed inside the lid HEIANDÔ & seal Heiandô, and Wanyo (?) & seal Wanyo.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #567991 (stock #10461)
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Small box, probably for incense. Square format with rounded corners, flat cover with rounded edges. On the cover against a black lacquer background with some clouds of gold sprinkle, sits a bird on a flowering plum tree. The trunk of the tree and the clouds extend onto the lower part of the box. The plum blossoms in a vibrant red with details in gold. Inside and bottom of box in dense silver togidashi. Japan, late Edo period, 18/19th century.
L 3 5/8”, w 2 5/8”, h 1 1/16” (9.2 x 6.8 x 2.5 cm).
Former paper labels on inside and bottom of lower compartment. Few minor traces of usage, as to be expected.

Inventory numbers in red lacquer: 84.113-A and –B. Ex coll. Toledo Museum of Art.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1930 item #532680 (stock #10448)
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Excellent writing box, or suzuribako, in high gloss black lacquer, decorated with inlay of thin strips and thin pieces of mother-of-pearl. On the cover a heron is fishing on one leg between flowering iris and water lilies. On the inside of the cover more iris and a butterfly. The inside of the lower section decorated on the outside with carnation. On the inside flowering water lilies and iris. The water dropper in bronze with copper colored patina, in the shape of a carp. Rims of lower part and of cover mounted in silver. Bottom of lower segment signed (signature inlaid in mother-of-pearl and seal mother-of-pearl inlaid into red lacquer: Gazan saku; Gazan. Japan, Taisho period. Ink stick and two brushes (contemporary) included.
Comes with its original tomobako, signed and sealed on inside of cover: Kimura Gazan saku, red seal: Gazan. Inscribed on the outside in black ink: Gosuzuribako and moriwaka/tojaku (?) moyo raden (design inlaid in mother-of-pearl). 10 5/8 x 9 1/8 x 2 ¼ in. (27 x 23.1 x 5.1 cm)
Excellent condition.

Kimura Gazan was a Taisho period lacquer artist. No further information was found on the artist.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #506117 (stock #L 120)
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Hair pin, or kanzashi. Lacquered tortoise-shell, decorated in sprinkled red, green and gold lacquer (hiramakie, takamakie), with a stylised wave pattern. The reverse with a diagonally divided pattern of square wells, in gold lacquer on a red ground. Signed Shinzan. Japan, 19th century.
Length 6 11/16 in. (17 cm), width of head 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm).
Perfect condition.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1990 item #498459 (stock #L 105)
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Set of 5 Japanese deep red lacquer plates decorated with three gold foil squares (ichimatsu-e). Japan, ca. 1990.
Diameter: 6 ¾ in. (17.5 cm); height: ¾ in. (2 cm).
In fitted wooden box, inscribed on the lid in black script Meimei sara 5, ichimatsu-e (5 plates with chequered pattern), and with circular red seal imprint inside lid of box. Size of box 17 3/8 x 17 3/8 x 3 9/16 in. (19 x 19 x 9.2 cm).
One dish with tiny scratches to edge, otherwise perfect condition.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1990 item #498445 (stock #L 107)
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Set of 5 Japanese dishes of lacquered wood, lacquered in 5 different colours. The wood grain clearly visible on both sides of the paper-thin circular dishes. Each surface covered in a different colour: deep dark brown, deep red, light red, deep green and light brown. Each dish signed in lacquer within the foot ring with a seal reading “sa” (?). Japan, made ca. 1988.
Diameter: 5 ¾ in. (14.8 cm); height: 1 1/16 in. (2.8 cm.
In cardboard box with red label reading KanKan. Size 6 3/8 x 6 3/8 x 2 5/8 in. (16.4 x 16.4 x 6.8 cm).
Perfect condition.

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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Cultural : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1990 item #498389 (stock #L 108)
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Set of 5 Japanese lacquered wood dishes of square lobed shape decorated with red and green narrow stripes. The cypress wood grain clearly visible on both sides of the dishes. Each dish signed at the underside in red lacquer with a seal shaped as a stylised elephant, indicating the known Kyoto lacquer workshop “Zohiko”. Made ca. 1988.
4 11/16 x 4 11/16 x 3/4 in.(12.1 x 12.1 x 2 cm).
In wooden box, inscribed on the lid “Thread pattern” (itomaki), signed inside the lid “Heian Zohiko” and with red circular seal “Zohiko”. Size 5 11/16 x 5 11/16 x 2 13/16 in. (14.7 x 14.7 x 7.2 cm).
Perfect condition.

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