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Sentoku Tsuba with Macaques and Persimmon
Sentoku Tsuba with Macaques and Persimmon
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A sentoku presentation tsuba of rectangular form with rounded corners, its detailing in copper, gilt and silver. Under a tasseled curtain, in high relief, a kimono-clad macaque walks a tight rope, a persimmon branch over his shoulder. Below him, also in relief, a well-chased and chiseled macaque leaning against a priest’s staff, eats a persimmon. Gilt-inlaid persimmon branches and symbols are scattered over the surface of this fantastic scene. Reverse side covered with a gnarled tree laden... Click for details
Namban-Style Tsuba with Dragons and Tama
Namban-Style Tsuba with Dragons and Tama
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A round iron tsuba with beaded rim in the Namban style. Two dragons overlaid in gold nunome zogan rest among reticulated tendrils, a gilt tama between them. The seppa area is finely carved with overlapping waves. ( For a similar piece see: “The Peabody Museum Collection of Japanese Sword Guards” by John D. Hamilton, Salem, MA 1975, page XXVII, #6.) This classic tsuba is in good condition with mild rubbing to the surface, commensurate with age and use. Width: 3” Late 18th Century, Japan ... Click for details
Boxwood Manju Netsuke of Three Monkeys
Boxwood Manju Netsuke of Three Monkeys
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A fine, stained boxwood manju netsuke formed as three monkeys in fetal position, each clasping the other’s hand. The focus of the netsuke-shi’ attention lies with the sculpting of the bodies with minimum detailing. This netsuke is in excellent condition with nice patina. Provenance: Ex. Collection of the Lowe Art Museum in Florida. Diameter: 2” 18th/ 19th Century, Edo Period, Japan
Boxwood Carving of a Karako atop Daikoku's Mallet
Boxwood Carving of a Karako atop Daikoku's Mallet
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A delightful and expressive boxwood carving of a young karako smiling as he playfully climbs upon Daikoku’s magical mallet. This carving which can also double as a netsuke is in excellent condition. Height: 1.5”, width: 2” 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Toad atop a Millstone
Wood Netsuke of a Toad atop a Millstone
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A stained and textured boxwood netsuke carved as a toad on the edge of a millstone. Known for his naturalistic representations of toads, Masanao captures this one’s characteristic nuances, contrasting them with the striated surface of the stone. Incised Masanao signature on the base. This netsuke is in very good condition. Width: 1.5” Late 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Boy Playing Bekkanko
Wood Netsuke of a Boy Playing Bekkanko
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A boxwood amusing netsuke of a seated boy with legs neatly folded. Playing bekkanko, a suggestive game, the boy pulls down one eye, while hiding an oni mask behind his back. Crisp details and fine modeling characterize this netsuke by Sangyoku whose signature plaque is on the bottom of the piece. Height: 1.25” Edo Period, 19th Century, Japan
Wood Netsuke of a Tiger
Wood Netsuke of a Tiger
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A stately wood-carved netsuke of a seated tiger, its powerful head turned. The creature’s coat is finely delineated, accented by the appearance of his long tail resting upon its back. A formidable beast, the tiger’s nature- its beauty and power - are perfectly captured by the netsuke-shi. This marvelous netsuke is in excellent condition, with no problems and no repairs. The incised signature of Hoichi, who specialized in the carving of wood netsuke, is on its tail. Height: 1.25” 19th... Click for details
Pair of Imari Covered Jars
Pair of Imari Covered Jars
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A pair of covered Imari porcelain jars, each finial formed as a mouse on a bale of rice. Charming, naïve-looking doves perch upon the boughs of a blossoming sakura tree, their heads turned and tail feathers ruffled. To complete the idyllic scene, butterflies flit above peonies and tall grasses. This lovely pair of unusual Imari jars is in excellent condition with no problems and no repair – only slight surface rubbing to the gilt, commensurate with age and use. Heights: 10.5” Late Edo... Click for details
Satsuma Bowl with
Satsuma Bowl with
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A round Satsuma shallow bowl with geometric border framing the main visual- a suspenseful activity in a wintry pine forest. In Heian Period- style clothes, a mother and two sons hide among the snow-covered trees where, across the river, samurai with bows and arrows hunt for them. This exquisitely detailed scene references the flight of Tokiwa Gozen and her three sons, including the future hero of Japan, Yoshitsune. Gilt Kyozan signature on base. This Satsuma bowl is in excellent condition with... Click for details
Bronze and Multi-Metal Vase with Sparrow and Sakura
Bronze and Multi-Metal Vase with Sparrow and Sakura
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A bronze vase of baluster form, inlaid and overlaid with multi-metals and colored enamels on a copper-patinated surface. A brilliantly chiseled sparrow, its body silver and gold dives in mid-air through blossoming sakura branches. The spontaneity of the carving and richness of the multi-colored metals heighten the drama on this piece. The vase is in very good condition. Height: 14.5” Meiji Period, Japan
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