Although this item could have been used as a sauce pot, it was probably intended for replenishing water for grinding ink on a calligrapher’s ink stone The interior and base are both enameled.
Good condition, no dents or losses however there is some characteristic pitting to the enamel.
Height: 3 ¾ in.
The bronze disk forming the base is decorated with an evening floral scene with an inlaid silver moon with incised stylized clouds. The incised plum branch is set with inlaid gilt copper flower blossoms. The large blossoms in high relief are overlaid with silver and have inlaid gold leaves and copper leaves in relief. The well is finely woven to resemble bamboo basketry using thin strips of patinated copper and finished off with a rim in bronze convincingly cast to look like bamboo. Good condition with excellent craftsmanship, some light wear and mottling to the patina, unsigned.
Diameter: 10 ½ in.; Height: 1 ½ in.
This yatate, or traveler's pen case, is made of wrought brass, and has a long tube to hold the brush and a deep pot for the ink, which would have been saturated in a cotton wad. The lid snaps snugly over the pot to contain the ink, and a tab connected to the lid covers the end of the tube that contains the brush. A logo is inscribed on the tab in the form of a hiragana ya beneath a roof-shaped mark. A brass loop for attachment is still intact on the tube near the ink pot. The opposite end of the tube ends in a brass ball. There are a few small nicks and scratches from use, as would be expected, but it is generally in very good condition.
Length: 8 ¼ in., Height: 2 3/8 in.
This large and heavy bronze vase has thick walls and prominent relief decoration overall, including crests on the central portion of the body. The form is in the archaistic Chinese style with motifs adapted to Japanese taste. It retains its old yellowish-brown patina which darkens on the interior. The overall condition is good, having some wear to the foot and some light verdigris. The interior has patches of lighter colored incrustations. It is inscribed on the base with the donor's name.
Height: 11 3/8 in., Width: 9 ½ in. sq.
Weight: 20 pounds.
Modeled in the Chinese style, this baluster vase is fitted with elephant head handles on the neck and is decorated in three registers, the largest of which displays four dragons in low-relief over a diamond diaper ground. Various floral and bird designs decorate the lower registers. Extensive verdigris covers the surface as well as the interior and the base as a result of use as a garden ornament. There are no damages or repairs.
Height: 12 ¾ in.
This incense burner is cast with a low relief design of mythical beasts among vegetation. It is raised on four feet and has separately attached dragon-form handles. It retains its original rich brown patina with old residue on the interior from many years of use. Acquired in the mid 1970s in Kyoto. Good condition.
Height: 5 in., 4 ½ in. wide across body, 7 ¾ in. across handles
This candlestick is fashioned from Copper with a ribbed shaft rising from a stylized chrysanthemum-form base terminating into a flower-form top with pricket to receive a candle. It has been attached to a later turned-wood base. It is for use in a Buddhist altar. Good condition.
Height with wood base: 24 in., Width: 5 ½ in.