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Japanese Antique Bronze and Multi-Metal Okimono of Daruma
Japanese Antique Bronze and Multi-Metal Okimono of Daruma
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A vibrant bronze and multi-metal figure of Daruma with gold detailing. The founder of Zen Buddhism, fully awake after his long meditation, stands erect upon a rocky plinth, his robes swirling around him. His wide-open gilt and shakudo eyes, realistically sculpt body and facial features work well with the stylized movements of his garments, lending an air of mystery to this imposing figure. Daruma is a special deity in Japan. From Buddhist temple bronze sculptures to whimsical toys—Daruma is... Click for details
Japanese Antique Studio Porcelain Vase with Chrysanthemums
Japanese Antique Studio Porcelain Vase with Chrysanthemums
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A fine studio porcelain cabinet vase of compressed baluster-shape. The vase's iron-red ground is designed with creamy chrysanthemums swaying in the wind, their stems softly disappearing in the background. The Makuzu Kozan cobalt blue signature cartouche is on the base. This vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Height: 4" Meiji Period, Japan
Meiji Period Okimono of Gamma Sennin
Meiji Period Okimono of Gamma Sennin
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A spectacular silver, shibuichi and gilt sculpture of the beloved hermit, Gama Sennin. His open robe, loosely tied at the waist with dangling coins and a gourd, reveal his upper body, finely chiseled and incised. The sage’s constant companion, the magical three- legged toad, sits upon one out-stretched hand, a gleaming, silver lily in the other. Silver signature plaque can be found on outcrop, Joun Saku (Oshima Joun). In overall excellent condition. Height, 9.5"; width, 6.5"; length,... Click for details
Japanese Antique Silvered Bronze Quail Foraging Millet
Japanese Antique Silvered Bronze Quail Foraging Millet
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This fine looking okimono of a pair of silvered bronze quail foraging among leafy, bronze sprigs of millet represents a subject beloved both to the Chinese and to the Japanese. According to Merrily Baird in her informative book, "Symbols of Japan", quail became a popular theme in Sung dynasty painting and continued its popularity in decorative representations during Japan's Edo period. This excellent sculpture, of course, dates from the Meiji period. It portrays the birds in an autumnal setting... Click for details
Japanese Antique Silver Salt Dish Formed as a Sandal
Japanese Antique Silver Salt Dish Formed as a Sandal
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A unique silver salt dish formed as a Maiko’s okobo (geisha-in-training sandal). The whimsical design features two sculpted straps and etched soles. This salt dish is the perfect accent on any stylish table setting. It nether side inscribed “Arthur & Bond, Yokohama, Sterling”. (Arthur & Bond was a prolific and honored British silver company with a studio in Yokohama, Japan. Its Japanese silversmiths worked on commissioned silverware for export to the west. The silverware evoked Japanese... Click for details
Japanese Antique Bottle-Form Vase with Mandarin Ducks and Egret
Japanese Antique Bottle-Form Vase with Mandarin Ducks and Egret
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A metalwork bottle-form vase, its neck and mounts rendered in pure silver. Upon its rounded iron body, a male mandarin duck inflates his plumage rendered in raised silver, gold, shakudo and red enamel. Nearby, his mate, also in relief, dives among delicate marsh reeds, flowers rising from stylized waters. On the reverse, in high relief, a lone egret sculpt in silver, gold and shakudo is silhouetted against the sky. Incised silver signature Issei on base. Overall, in good condition with very... Click for details
Japanese Antique Gold-Lacquered Inro with Temple Retreats
Japanese Antique Gold-Lacquered Inro with Temple Retreats
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An elegant four-case gold, silver and roiro lacquered inro secured with a golden silk string and gilt ojime. A stunning visual is depicted in hiramaki-e of temple retreats scattered across a meandering river, islets populated by pine trees and connecting bridges. At a distance, rolling hills executed in silver togidashi method. Interiors are rendered in dense nashiji (“pear-skin” lacquer technique). This fine lacquered inro is in excellent condition. Length: 3” Meiji Period, Japan
Japanese Antique Iron Nerikawa Tsuba
Japanese Antique Iron Nerikawa Tsuba
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A most unusual iron tsuba in rounded- square form with textured surface, its edge wrapped in gold-lacquered leather (nerikawa). This early technique, difficult to execute, consists of applying hardened leather with an intricate lacquer design (sprinkled gold) to the edge. In this case, the carved karakusa design is inlaid with gilt above and below the hitsu. The reverse, a mirror-image. This one-of-a-kind tsuba is in very good condition with only minor rubbing to the gilt along the edge due to... Click for details
Japanese Antique Multi-Metal Vase with Minogame
Japanese Antique Multi-Metal Vase with Minogame
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This is a rare and unusual green-patinated, bronze and silver vase of bottle-shape. The propitious theme of "the cup runneth over" - illustrated by "the contents pouring down the neck" - is executed exquisitely in detailed silver. A fabulous silver minogame (long-tailed tortoise), holding a lovely copper sake bowl clings to the neck. The characters "kotobuki" ("prosperity") in gilt upon the interior of the bowl and the minogame itself are symbols of longevity. All of these wonderful signs... Click for details
Japanese Antique Satsuma Okimono of Kannon Bosatsu Astride an Elephant
Japanese Antique Satsuma Okimono of Kannon Bosatsu Astride an Elephant
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A Satsuma okimono of the Buddhist deity, Kannon Bosatsu, astride a luxuriantly caparisoned white elephant, its trunk raised to indicate the occurrence of an auspicious event. Enameled in gosu blue, emerald green and iron-red with rich gilding, the goddess sits regally, quietly meditating. Gilt Satsuma mon, “Satsuma yaki” and gilt Kintozan signature seal on the side. This impressive Satsuma sculpture is in excellent condition. Height: 13.4”, length: 12.3” 19th Century, Japan
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