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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1940 item #1368822 (stock #10942)
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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.

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

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1837 VR item #1364039 (stock #10931)
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Fairly large zushi hand shrine in the shape of a lotus petal. Double sided, made of sandalwood. Inside each half is a deep relief carving of Buddhist deities. On one side the three-eyed Aizen Myoo with a lion crown, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds before a red mandorla. His six hands hold Vajra and ghanta, bow and arrow, and lotus bud and pouch. On the other side the two-armed Kannon bosatsu, holding a lotus bud in the left hand, sitting on a lotus base in the clouds. Inside decorated in gold, red, blue and black for details, green mineral color for the background. The outside decorated in gold lacquer over a black lacquer ground: loose lotus petals and a bonji on each side (one bonji probably for Fugen and one bonji A (for Amida)). Japan, Edo period, around 1800.

H ca. 3-7/8 inches

Inside in excellent condition with minimal abrasions of the blue in the hair and of the green background pigment. Black lacquer on the outside with some losses. Above the bonji for Fugen (?) a restoration. Wood a bit warped.

Rare

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1363963 (stock #10930)
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Tiny zushi, or hand shrine, with double doors on two sides. Inside a two-sided reliquary with tiny stones, in the shape of a flaming jewel, or tama, on a lotus base in gilt copper alloy and glass. Shrine made of kiri wood (paulonia), inside covered with lacquer with nashiji gold sprinkle. Outside mounted in gilt metal hardware with nanako decoration. Japan, Edo period, 18th century, possibly earlier.

H 2 ½ inches

Some age and use related chipping along the edges, minor damage in the lacquer, and nicks and dents, hinges a bit weak, rubbed and bent, but all in all in very good 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 : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1363420 (stock #10928)
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Relatively tall sculpture of a fox dressed as a priest, on its way to create mayhem. The body wrapped in a long garment, the head covered, too, holding a long walking stick and a rosary. Small impressed maker’s seal in the back, illegible. Bizen-yaki, Japan, Taisho or Showa era, 1920s-1930s.

H 8 inches

Tiny, old chip at one of the feet, virtually invisible. The hole in the back is not a damage, but a vent, to prevent the piece from exploding in the kiln.

Bizenyaki sculptures are usually much smaller, with exception of the shishi. The fox priest is a rare subject matter in this material.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1363366 (stock #10927)
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Slender brushpot carved out of a thick bamboo segment, in the shape of a snake that has caught a toad between the curls of its body, about to devour it. Beautiful carving and light staining on the snake’s body. Snake and toad are 2 of the 3 animals of the sansukumi, the animals who are afraid of each other. Japan, 2nd half 19th century.

H ca. 8 inches, diam. 3¼ inches.

Old crack in the lower segment, normal for bamboo, some worm damage in bottom and on the inside, not impacting the stability of the piece.

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.