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Wood Netsuke of a Tigress and Cub
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A Celadon Studio Porcelain Mizusashi
Netsuke Carved as a Noh Mask
Netsuke Carved as a Noh Mask
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A powerful wood netsuke carved as a Noh mask, its facial features contorted and exaggerated for visibility and dramatic effect. This netsuke is in excellent condition. Unsigned. 19th Century, Japan
Bronze and Multi-Metal Vase with Dragon
Bronze and Multi-Metal Vase with Dragon
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An impressive and marvelously chiseled bronze and multi-metal vase depicting a powerful dragon cavorting among clouds, executed in relief with shakudo, copper and gilt. The vase is startling in imagery, size and form. Silver-inlaid seal, Sougo Shimada. This dramatic bronze with the iconic Japanese dragon is in excellent condition. Height: 13.5”, width: 15” Meiji Period, Japan
Shakudo Box with Cockerel and Hen
Shakudo Box with Cockerel and Hen
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A shakudo, silver-lined covered box in octagonal form. On its lid, a marvelously modeled cockerel stands fast at the base of a heavily carved tree while his family forages for food nearby. The use of gold, shibuichi and red enamel, chiseled in minute detail and in high relief creates visual drama against its glossy shakudo ground. Includes wooden owner’s box. This stunning multi-metal box is in excellent condition. Height: 3.5”, width: 3.5”, depth: 1.25” Meiji Period, Japan
Mino Goto Menuki formed as Peonies and Grasses
Mino Goto Menuki formed as Peonies and Grasses
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A pair of finely crafted Mino Goto menuki formed as a bouquet of grasses and peonies on leafy stems rendered in shakudo with gilt details. The menuki are housed in a silk-padded wood storage box with cover. Both menuki are in excellent condition. 19th Century, Japan
Iron and Multi-Metal Box with Stag and Waterfall
Iron and Multi-Metal Box with Stag and Waterfall
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A Myochin-style iron box of rectangular form, a young stag contemplating maple leaves cascading over a dramatic waterfall, all with gilt detailing and in high relief. Bold modeling and chisel work heighten the drama of this poetic scene. The anonymous artist embellished the dark iron metal with precious gilt and silver. This covered box is in very good condition with slight surface wear on cover and gold leaf interior, commensurate with age and use. Interior lined with embroidered silk pad. Le... Click for details
Hirado Okimono of a Shi Shi Family
Hirado Okimono of a Shi Shi Family
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A Hirado porcelain okimono of a female shishi clambering upon the rocky edges of a precipice. Detailed in white, under- glaze blue and brown glazes, the imagery refers to the shishi mother’s resolute act of throwing her young, one-by-one, off a cliff in order to test their survival capabilities. This fully sculpted piece is in excellent condition with no damage. Height: 8.5”, width: 5.25” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Kappa Upon a Clamshell
Wood Netsuke of a Kappa Upon a Clamshell
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An amusing stained boxwood netsuke of a mythical water sprite (kappa) in a predicament—his curiosity has trapped his foot inside a clam shell! The dominant imagery in this netsuke carving is steeped in erotic undertones—the clam shell often symbolic of female anatomy in Japanese art. The netsuke carver paid great attention to the differing textures of the tortoise-like kappa and the smooth even surface of the clam shell. This fine netsuke is in excellent condition. Hoshu (“Yoshihide”) incised si... Click for details
Wood Netsuke of Okame
Wood Netsuke of Okame
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An expressive boxwood mask netsuke of the celebrated, delightfully controversial Okame. The renowned netsuke-shi Shumin carved Okame’s famously cheerful face with delicate incisions for the hair, modeling of the cheeks, perky nose and warm smile. Shumin I signature incised on reverse side. This lovely netsuke is in excellent condition. (The netsuke artist Shumin I was from the Kansei region and a pupil of Shuzan or Shugetsu II.) Length: 2” Late 18th/19th Century, Japan
Hirado Porcelain Censer as a Buddhist Lion
Hirado Porcelain Censer as a Buddhist Lion
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A Hirado porcelain censer formed as a robust Buddhist lion. Fully sculpted in a white-glazed porcelain, its one-horned head is adorned with curly mane and beard the rotund body held by four powerful claws. This charming piece, both functional and a work of art, is in very good condition with no problems and no restoration. Tatsunosuke signature cartouche on base. Height: 6.5” 19th Century, Japan
Hirado Okimono of a Canine Family
Hirado Okimono of a Canine Family
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A Hirado porcelain sculptural group of two seated canine parents, the mother with small pup naturalistically suckling at the mother’s breast. The fur coat on each dog is delicately incised, one hair at a time. This charming and rare Hirado group is in excellent condition with only slight wear to the bases commensurate with age and use. (This group is also featured in Alistair Seton’s “Collecting Japanese Antiques”, pg. 127, Fig. 225.) Heights: 14.5” and 12.5” Edo Period, Japan
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