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Japanese Studio Porcelain Vase with Plum Blossom Tree
Japanese Studio Porcelain Vase with Plum Blossom Tree
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This majestic, cylindrical-shaped vase with high shoulder and recessed neck provides a lustrous ground for the dramatic imagery covering its surface. A gnarled plum blossom tree with serpentine branches extends across the vase's unique ground - a fine rosy blush with celadon undertones dotted overall with miniscule indentations. Technically as well as aesthetically, this rare vase from the studio of the master court artist, Makuzu Kozan, sets the standard for "pieces created well before their... Click for details
Japanese Bamboo Sozen-Style Ikebana Basket
Japanese Bamboo Sozen-Style Ikebana Basket
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Here is an example of Sozen-style ikebana basket on a bamboo- wrapped base, its forked handle made of bamboo stalk with looped supports. The rounded basket's pleasing, curving body is worked with alternating mat plaiting and twining, its handle segmented by bands of cicada knots and insect stitches. Chikuunsai I incised signature on the base; includes tomobako. This basket is in very good condition. Height: 19.5" Taisho Period, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of Hadaka Sonja
Japanese Wood Netsuke of Hadaka Sonja
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A tall wood netsuke carved as Handaka Sonja dressed in characteristic long-sleeved robe with leafy collar. The immortal holds an alms bowl raised in one hand, and with the other he lifts the hem of his robe. This classic netsuke is in very good condition. Height: 3†18th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood and Lacquered Netsuke of a Bugaku Mask
Japanese Wood and Lacquered Netsuke of a Bugaku Mask
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A delighful lacquered dark wood and polychrome netsuke carved as an expressive Bugaku face mask. The mask is crowned by the head of an emerging kylin-like creature. Incised signature on reverse reads Motoyoshi. This lacquered-wood netsuke is in very good condition with minimal natural wear commensurate with age. Length: 1.75" 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shishi
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Shishi
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A whimsical wood-carved netsuke formed as a recumbent shishi, the mythic Buddhist temple guardian. Rendered in an especially creative abstract style, this highly-regarded netsuke artist focused here on the animal’s sleek form and facial features. This classic netsuke subject is highly sought and thus, a desirable addition for every collection. Incised Minko signature on shishi’s neck. Very good condition with rich patination and gently- worn himotoshi. Length: 2†18th/ 19th... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Toad Astride a Bucket
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Toad Astride a Bucket
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A naturalistically carved wood netsuke sculpted as a toad astride an overturned bucket. This classic netsuke theme was popular among the netsuke carvers, especially favored by the famous Masanao school. In addition, the theme is inspired by the Basho proverb, “A frog in a well knows not the great seaâ€, describing a person of limited experience. Nonetheless, toads and frogs are venerated in East Asian cultures as symbols of good luck and persistence. Incised Masatama signature on base.... Click for details
A Japanese Kakiemon Koro
A Japanese Kakiemon Koro
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An elegant Kakiemon porcelain koro with archaic handles and cushion-shaped body balanced upon four shapely legs. Upon its domed cover, the finial is formed as a kirin. Carved T-fret and floral brocading decorate the body, while images of floral sprays and kiku in woven baskets add vibrant color to the pale porcelain ground. This marvelous Kakiemon koro is in very good condition with only a minor frit on the corner of its lid – due to age and usage. Height: 6.5†Circa 1840 (12th... Click for details
Japanese Studio Porcelain Vase with Plum Blossoms
Japanese Studio Porcelain Vase with Plum Blossoms
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Executed with a lustrous finish, this small poetic studio porcelain vase of well-rounded form with everted neck exhibits a whimsical scene of nature on a pale-green ground. Wind-swept plum blossoms in graduating shades of mauve are suspended in mid air accented by tall white blades of grass. This lovely vase is the work of the celebrated Makuzu Kozan, the master's underglaze blue signature found on the base. The condition of the vase is excellent with no chips, cracks or restoration. Height: 6... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Buddhist Shishi
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Buddhist Shishi
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A finely rendered boxwood netsuke sculpted as a Buddhist shishi on a plinth, both its front paws resting on a gold and black -lacquered mokugyo. Boldly carved, the mythical creature’s mane, tail, tufts of hair, and furrowed eyebrows accentuate the shishi’s classic mien. This charming netsuke is in very good condition, its minor rubbing to the lacquer commensurate with age and use. Length: 1.5†18th / 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Silver Salt Shaker formed as a Buddhist Bell
Japanese Silver Salt Shaker formed as a Buddhist Bell
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A small salt shaker in the form of a Buddhist bell with exquisite fittings, executed in silver, its handle chiseled to form a double-headed dragon. Along the bell's body, a powerful and fierce dragon writhes in and out of auspicious clouds, the long body meticulously carved in great detail. Lower panel features a theme recurrent in Japanese art - stylized, overlapping waves This collector's piece is in excellent condition with no damage or repairs. Height: 2.25" Late Meiji Period, Japan
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