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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Paintings : Pre 1940 item #1331274 (stock #10862)
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Long handscroll depicting ‘Along the River During the Qingming Festival’ (Qīngmíng Shanghe Tu), following the scenes as seen in the handscroll with the same title by the Song painter Zhang Zeduan, housed in the Palace Museum in Beijing. One of the many re-interpretive paintings, in a totally different style than the original. People and daily life in Bianjing (today Kaifeng). Black ink and some light color on silk. Unidentified artist, China, mid 20th century. Date refers to 1933. Spurious signature and seals Molin Shanren added.

L 23 feet, H 11 inches.

Pinholes at regular intervals in the brocade border, some yellowing due to light exposure, 2 minor creases, otherwise very good condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1330287 (stock #10860)
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Wall vase of irregular round shape. Middle brown stoneware – Bizen-like - with irregularly thrown dripping glaze decoration. Metal eye at the back for hanging. Marked with 3 dots at bottom. Unidentified artist. Japan, around 1970s.

H ca 7 in., W at foot 4 ¼ in.

Mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1940 item #1330214 (stock #10857)
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Bronze cylindrical handwarmer (shuro or te-aburi) with decoration of gourds plastically dangling from a band of low relief leaves and vines. The spokes in the shoulder and cover also in the shape of gourds. The flat part of the cover with fretwork in the shape of leaves and engraved vines. Playful combination of brown and yellow bronze. The handles wrapped in soft leather. Japan, Taisho/Showa eras, 1920s-1930s.
Comes with the original fitted tomobako signed and with inscription on the outside of the cover:
Nakagawa Joeki tsukuru and seal Joeki; Bronze handwarmer with [design of] gourds and vines …

H ca. 12 in. diameter ca. 8 ½ in.

Few scuffs consistent with usage, leather a bit dry and brittle.

Nakagawa Joeki (1880-1940)

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1910 item #1330212 (stock #10856)
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Midsize storage jar. Brown smooth earthenware, decorated with a shoulder imitating thick dripping glaze, going over a slip band with an impressed, slightly raised decoration of chrysanthemums, spirals and blossoms. Bottom left unglazed and with impressed gourd shape seal of the unidentified maker. Mingei. Japan, late 19th, early 20th century.

H ca. 7 inches.

Few abrasions and unimportant chips consistent with usage and age.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #1330208 (stock #10854)
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Tea cup or incense burner with everting lip. Purple and blue and cream-colored glaze of the Junyao type, dripping thickly towards the everting foot, cut off where it would have bulged. Inside of foot with facet-cut and with artist’s impressed seal mark … to. Dark brown stone ware. Perhaps Chosen Karatsu. Japan, late 19th / early 20th century.
Red collector’s mark on bottom.

H 3 -5/8 in.; diameter 3 ¼ in.

Chip in foot.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #1330206 (stock #10855)
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Wooden sculpture of Daikoku sitting on a rice bale, spilling countless jewels (tama) from his treasure bag. Keyaki (Paulownia) wood, carved in a style reminiscent of ittobori. Japan, unsigned. Mingei. 19th century.

H ca. 11 x W 10 ½ in.

Tension cracks (consistent with material and age), several scuff marks, painters tape on bottom.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1325585 (stock #10852)
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Stoneware bowl of conical shape, the sides slightly ribbed at the bottom, with a small spout to pour water from for making tea. A gray base glaze, decorated in red, green, white and brown enamels with a blossoming cherry tree and a maple tree with green and red leaves. Marked on bottom in overglaze brown bold characters: Inuyama. Japan, Edo/Meiji eras, 1830-1870s.

H ca. 3 ½ in., diam. Ca. 5 ¼ in.

Tiny old chip at foot, otherwise fine condition

Cf. Edward Morse, Catalog of the Morse Collection of Japanese Pottery, under Inuyama, where he dates this rather colorful type to 1830-1880.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1325562 (stock #10851)
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Hexagonal mizusashi, water jar, used in the tea ceremony, with black lacquer cover, standing on three feet. Beautiful gradating brown glaze with flambe patches, typical for Takatori ware. The mouth heavily worn from use, partially restored with gold lacquer (kintsugi), as are most of the cracks, adding to the beauty of the piece. Some of the glaze wear left as is. Takatori kiln, Japan, Edo period, 18th century.

H 6 ¾ x W (at widest point) 7 ¼ in.

Wear and tear consistent with age and use, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1325560 (stock #10850)
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Sake bottle of brownish gray stoneware, covered in a beautifully crackled cream-colored glaze, typical for Mino ware. Bottom inscribed with black ink, illegible. Some glaze irregularities and beautiful discoloring of the glaze due to extensive handling. Japan, Seto region, Edo period, 18th century.

H 8 ½ inches

Few old chips, one hairline crack, all consistent with age and use. All in all fine condition.

Provenance: Yamanaka & Co., New York (label)

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1324685 (stock #10849)
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Very big sake cup or very small tea cup. Cream colored stoneware with light green glaze patches along the upper edge, iron brown glaze décor of birds, sails, and geometric patterns, with white, semi-transparent glaze on top. Unmarked. Seto region, Oribe-yaki, Japan, Showa, 1970s.

H circa 2 ¼ inches, diam. circa 2 ¾ inches.

Mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1324679 (stock #10848)
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Small bulbous flask of sturdy stoneware with transparent glaze and some white slip on top of which in iron brown glaze is written the name of a soba brand or soba restaurant. Probably used for either sake or soy sauce. Impressed mark in bottom. Seto ware or perhaps Karatsu. Japan, Showa period, 1970s.

H 3 ¾ inches.

Some discoloration at lip, all in all fine condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1324604 (stock #10847)
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Stoneware receptacle, probably used as a kensui, or waste-water jug, in the tea ceremony. Relatively high, straight sides with a constriction under the edge, decorated with the typical green glaze patches and geometrical patterns and plant motives in iron brown on white slip. Bottom inside left unglazed. Impressed seal in bottom, in the shape of a flying plover. Seto ware, Oribe style, Japan, Taisho period or early Showa, 1920s-1930s.

H 4 ¼ inches, diam. circa 4 ¼ inches.

Inside with water stains (chalk), slightly calcified crackle of green glaze on outside, tiny glaze chip, all in all very good condition.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1837 VR item #1324601 (stock #10846)
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Storage bottle for sake, or tokuri. Bulbous body and flaring mouth. Cream colored clay with greenish-yellow slip-like glaze thinly applied and natural ash-glaze. Yellow Seto ware, Japan, Edo period, 19th century or earlier.

H ca. 11 ¼ inches.

Abrasions in glaze, all in all very good condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1324589 (stock #10844)
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Large bowl with scalloped edge in sturdy, light brown stoneware, with decoration of plant-like shapes in white slip and iron brown glaze. Impressed seal mark near the bottom of the vessel. Japan, Showa era, 1970s?

H 4 inches, diam. 10 inches

Mint condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1324581 (stock #10843)
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Tall and slender cylindrical vase. Thick slab of dark brown stoneware with typical gray and greenish ash-glaze patches and engraved line. Signed at bottom. Japan, Bizen, Showa era, ca. 1970s.

H 8 ¼ inches, diam. 3 inches

Mint condition

Comes with original wooden storage box. Inscribed cover: Bizen hanaike with the artist’s signature (Ryushi or Tatsuko?) and seal, which matches the signature on the bottom of the vase.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1323261 (stock #10842)
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Forged iron tsuba, rather thick, in the shape of a cross, pierced on each end with an inoshishime (boar’s eye). The decoration of the cross, Christian symbol, is hardly perceivable when the tsuba is mounted on a sword, thus being kakure kirishitan, a hidden Christian, symbol. Owari region, Japan, 18th century.

Diameter 3 in. (7.6 cm).

Fine condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1323260 (stock #10841)
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Elegant water jar or mizusashi as used to scoop water for the tea ceremony in the shape of a bamboo segment with knot. Grayish stoneware with brown and green (ash) glazes and some engraving. Signature stamped into bottom ..shiro. Fitted stoneware cover. Japan, probably Seto region, Showa era, 1970s.

H 6 inches, D 5 ½ inches

Mint condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1910 item #1323255 (stock #10840)
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Zushi or shrine with inside a wooden sculpture of an erect penis dressed in the typical dress of a palace groom, using the grain of the wood to accentuate belly and knees. Fertility symbol, probably used / displayed during local fertility festivals. Also classified as waraimono - things that make you smile. Japan, Meiji era, around 1900.

Case H ca. 10 ½ inches; sculpture H 6 ¼ inches

Zushi with a lot of wear. Sculpture in fine condition; was formerly glued to another base plate.