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Japanese Gold Lacquered Inro with Foliage
Japanese Gold Lacquered Inro with Foliage
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This is a luxurious five-case, gold-lacquered inro depicting a grove of foliage and flowers in gold and silver takamaki-e on a gold kinji ground. The foliage is naturalistically rendered with kirikane details, the interiors executed in rich amber-colored nashiji. A coral ojime keeps the woven silk string in place. This inro is in very good condition with the raised signature of Kogyoku Sai on the base. 19th Century, Japan
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Traveling Buddhist Monk
Japanese Wood Netsuke of a Traveling Buddhist Monk
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A charming stained boxwood netsuke of a traveling Buddhist monk taking a break from a long journey. Wearing a peaceful expression, the blind monk, garbed in a tattered robe, sits - alms bowl in hand. On his back, he carries a rolled up mat, and for support, bears a bamboo staff at his side. This netsuke is highly detailed with fine modeling and incised work. Overall, the netsuke is in excellent condition with great patina, its incised signature of Kigyoku on the side. Height: 1.5”, width:... Click for details
Japanese Wood Netsuke of Tanuki no Tzsumi
Japanese Wood Netsuke of Tanuki no Tzsumi
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An amusing stained boxwood netsuke of a “tanuki no tzsumi”. The badger beats his belly in order to attract and ambush hunters and innocent travelers. Finely incised fur with sumi-e details and inlaid mother-of-pearl eyes. (The badger in Japanese folklore has strong erotic connotations, his expanded belly suggestive of his scrotum.) Signed Shunko of Tsu School. Shunko was a pupil of Tanaka Minko. This mischievous badger is in excellent condition with neither damage nor repairs. Circa 1800,... Click for details
Japanese Silver Punch Bowl with a Profusion of Flowers
Japanese Silver Punch Bowl with a Profusion of Flowers
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A spectacular lobed, double-walled silver punch bowl on a high, free form self pedestal. Profusions of spring and autumnal flowers modeled in relief cover the bowl in its entirety, creating a rhapsodic ode to nature’s beauty. Gold signature plaque, Mitsuaki, on base. This stunning silver punch bowl will be the focal point in any room, and it is in excellent condition. Height: 7.75”, diameter: 12” Meiji Period, Japan
Japanese Studio Porcelain Vase with Flowering Tree
Japanese Studio Porcelain Vase with Flowering Tree
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A brilliant and pristine Japanese porcelain vase of tapered form. On its lustrous white surface flowers bloom against gnarled, leafy tree branches, their delicate petals an incandescent red hue. The under glaze blue enamel is applied with almost translucent brushstrokes, adding to the sumi-e style of the painting. Master ceramicist, Makuzu Kozan, signature can be found on the base. This vase includes tomobako and is in excellent condition. Height: 8” Meiji Period, Japan
A Pair of Japanese Cloisonne Vases with a Profusion of Flowers
A Pair of Japanese Cloisonne Vases with a Profusion of Flowers
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A fine pair of cloisonné enamel high-shouldered vases with silver mounts. Worked in silver wires of varying thicknesses, a plenitude of seasonal flowers and grasses in jewel tones cluster on the glossy-enameled surfaces, defining each season’s special beauty. In the classic, elegant style of the great Nagoya-based artist Hayashi Kodenji. The pair is in very good condition with very faint surface wear commensurate with age. This does not detract from their overall beauty and craftsmanship.... Click for details
Japanese Multi-Metal Fuchi-Kashira with Daikoku, Hotei and Shoki
Japanese Multi-Metal Fuchi-Kashira with Daikoku, Hotei and Shoki
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This is a pair of exquisitely crafted fuchi kashira worked in partly hammered copper, gilt and shakudo. On its small surfaces, the set shows members of The Seven Gods of Fortune finely executed in low relief. On the fuchi, Daikoku, with his characteristic mirthful expression holds a mallet executed in finely incised details and low relief. On the kashira, Hotei rests upon his treasure sack while Shoki, the demon queller, appears under pine tree, all deeply carved. This set of fuchi kashira is in... Click for details
Japanese Wakizashi in Wood Saya Carved as a Dragon
Japanese Wakizashi in Wood Saya Carved as a Dragon
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A wakazashi with silver mounts, its Shinshinto blade with horimono encased in an elaborate wood saya realistically modeled as a dragon. The exceptional carving accentuates the special rich, dark patina of the wood and the personality of this fanciful creature: his gold and amber eyes, slightly-opened mouth, each individual scale, flame and curling tail. This mythical creature is brought to life and is in very good condition. Length: 23.5” 19th Century, Japan
A Japanese 19th Century Peony-Style Bamboo Ikebana Basket
A Japanese 19th Century Peony-Style Bamboo Ikebana Basket
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An impressive peony-style basket, its base worked with a unique textile design. The mat-woven body is segmented by vertical lines of banding and insect stitches, and most unusual, a layer of red lacquer lining the interior. Its double-twisted handle, looping high and squared off at the top, is geometrically wrapped, emphasizing its overall sculptural quality. This exquisite and rare bamboo basket is in very good condition with only minor rubbing to the lacquer from age and use. Height; 25.5”... Click for details
A Japanese Silvered Bronze Hawk on Wood Stand
A Japanese Silvered Bronze Hawk on Wood Stand
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A model of an alert silver hawk perched on a gnarled burlwood stand, its feathers and wings chiseled in relief with precision. With tomobako. Excellent condition. Height: 12.75” Meiji Period, Japan
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