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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1292556
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An Ao-Kutani palette porcelain deep dish in the Yoshidaya manner. Hydrangeas decoration in polychrome enamels including white, light blue-green, and dark green, blue, blue-green and aubergine in black line, all on yellow ground, a chocolate brown enamel on the otherwise unglazed biscuit rim. The back with enamels including dark green on black line decoration of clouds. Kutani mark in black under yellow glaze inside the foot ring which appears to have been glazed but with the enamel rubbed along high points to the porcelain body. A couple of kiln kisses to the cloud decoration area on the back. The so called Yoshidaya type of 19th century Ao-Kutani wares is named for a merchant who revived production of a particular palette of Ko-Kutani production (of the 17th and early 18th century) adjacent to the original kilns. The current example certainly appears to be 19th century and could possibly be from the Yoshidaya kiln. Later Ao-Kutani palette production is often ambitiously ascribed to the Yoshidaya kiln which, in fact, operated only briefly from the 1820s to the early 1830s. One 3/16 inch flake (mostly to the enamel) under the rim. Otherwise good condition considering expected scratching and rubbing of the enamel. Presents well. Diameter, 11 7/8 inches (30.16 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #1292089
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An unusual, sancai glazed stoneware caparisoned elephant form vessel. The larger opening on its back is suggestive of a lime pot (our best guess) with only traces suggested by an off white cast on the sides of the otherwise buff colored unglazed interior. The trunk, curled above the head, ends in a smaller aperture but not optimal as a kendi. The form, in the round, and the pleasantly crazed sancai glaze (cream, amber and a rare blue) suggest influence of the Cizao kilns legacy of Fujian (known to produce sancai vessels and utilitarian objects including pillows.) But we are ascribing a much later origin than a Fujian sancai vessel would demand (perhaps as late as the Qing dynasty) because the glaze is more vitreous than the lead based Fujian glazes, the body harder than the lower fired pottery, and the form suggesting a later Southeast Asian demand for ceramics in an earlier manner (where much Cizao production had been destined.) The buff colored body unglazed on the bottom and with a single character, 'Da' (大, great), in double incised lines. Vitreous smooth residue from the kiln resembling burnt caramel adhering to the feet. Good condition. Length tail to trunk, about 6 3/4 inches (17.15 cm). Height to tip of trunk, about 3 7/8 inches (9.84 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1291905
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A kozuka with gilt and silvered bronze decoration of a general's baton and banner on dark patinated bronze nanako ('fish roe' textured ground.) The utility knife handle with shakudo (a pickled gold and copper alloy) back and sides. Surfaces showing wear and slight distress from use but in fairly good and serviceable condition. Could benefit from a light cleaning and oiling. Length, little more than 3 3/4 inches (9.53 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1291265
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A 'Swatow' type Zhangzhou porcelain jar in transitional style but probably later (glaze ending at the foot rather than above it, the interior also glazed.) Shi or Foo lions and peonies decoration in green, red and yellow overglaze enamels and blue underglaze double rings around the rim and on the shoulder, single ring above the foot. Line details (difficult to make out under the nearly opaque overglaze enamels but there) are probably black. The glaze evenly crazed for a crackle effect. The foot and approximately 1 1/4" inches above the foot apparently stained black but possibly from the kiln (noting that areas near the foot where the unctuous crackle glaze has crawled from the body also has a thin black glaze clearly imparted in the kiln.) An approximately 1 inch hairline issues from the rim. Height, about 4 1/4 inches (10.8 cm). Acquired at an antiques show at the Raleigh NC fairgrounds during summer travel last year.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Ivory : Pre 1800 item #1290767
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An early Qing Dynasty carved marine ivory or bone figure of a Meiren. The beauty holding a lotus in right hand over chest, robe with incised geometric repeating pattern and flower decoration on sleeves, hair and jewelry all nicely defined. A flat, defined back extending above and over the figure's head in ruyi like fashion. It may have been a small ruyi for the scholar's table or perhaps functioning as a belt buckle. Its purpose is not clear with the bottom section of the back now missing. It does not appear, however, that the figure was never meant to balance in a standing position. It is also missing some material between the figure's legs (perhaps excavated to fit on a display stand at some point), has an old small chip in the figure's hair smoothed with time, and losses to the back. The patina is a beautiful, mellow tone with some translucent qualities on the surface. Bone is suggested by the overall opaque qualify of the material and a dark vein visible from the bottom. But some marbling, suggesting the possibility of marine ivory, is visible in places, particularly from the sides of the figure's face (which surfaces are more translucent) and somewhat from the back. So we may need have the material analyzed before shipping abroad (and a CITES certificate might be necessary.) We decided to offer this after recently listing another item we acquired during Summer 2014 trip. This item we acquired from a small downtown Savannah Georgia shop. Length is 4 1/8 inches (10.47 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Sculpture : Pre 1837 VR item #1290527
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Thai bronze head of a Bodhisattva. Ayutthaya period. Presentable decorative condition with tips of earlobes missing, core exposed atop head, and the body missing of course. Black lacquer and traces of gilt on the diadem and the back of the neck. Height of the head , about 3 3/4 inches (9.54 cm) not including the pin for securing on plinth. Total height including the plinth, 5 7/8 inches (14.9 cm). This was a find in a small Atlanta Georgia shop while on vacation last Summer (always looking.) The patina appears darker and warmer in person but did not cooperate, photographically, with our lighting.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1290525
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A good pair of dragon menuki in nicely detailed patinated shakudo alloy and with gilt features. Late Edo period. Good condition but with glue adhering mostly to the back. Each little more than 1 5/8 inches (4.13 cm) long.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1290189
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Korean brown glazed water dropper of compressed sphere, or disk form with knob finial and side spout. Undulating incised decoration on the shoulders and knob finial grip, rings around the circumference, and lines perpendicular to the foot appearing darker, almost black from the pooling of the glaze and with light caramel tone on the inverse high points. Typical coarse kiln grit adhering to the foot. This particular form of Korean brown glazed ceramic is scarce relative to other forms. We were able to find one other example sold at Christies in 2001, sale 9606 lot 304 (when the market for Korean art was still recovering.) Good condition save some scratching and rubbing of the glaze on high points acquiring a dry appearance in contrast to the attractively "alligatored", almost slightly iridescent glaze surface. There are a couple "kiln kisses" on the sides, the spout appears to be entirely intact despite a somewhat coarse appearance, a small line on the foot may be a firing fault or from a later impact but is entirely stable. The strongly potted water dropper weighs 10.4 oz (293 grams). Diameter, about 3 3/4 inches (9.5 cm). Height, about 3 inches (7.6 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1290138
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A baluster form Satsuma vase. One panel with karako, one group bearing votive offerings across a bridge and stream to a temple. Another panel with figures in garden landscape with cherry blossoms. Both with a figure viewing the Spring scene from a veranda, perhaps a parallel is suggested between the mythical and the real worlds. Both panels with spring blooms, bordered by brocade patterns and two decorative roundels respectively depicting tea ceremony implements and a Spring bird with peonies. Two reserves on the shoulder respectively depicting yoroi and festival costume. Four character raised gold on black ground signature Kozan Zo Kore. Very good condition with wear mostly limited to light rubbing of the gilt enamel on the rim. Height, at least 5 7/8 inches (14.93 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1290043
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A famille rose bulb bowl. One side decorated with sages, a larger central figure flanked by four attendants each with an attribute including a halberd by the central figure (perhaps Zhong Kui), a ruyi, leafy branch (likely herbs), and a couple more - one held from an attendant by the central figure. The role of Zhong Kui also makes sense in context of the four smaller attendants - keeping them in check as it were. The other three sides of the rectangular, footed bowl with classic chicken decoration - roosters on rockery depicted on the smaller sides and hens (or a larger hen with peeps) among flora and fauna on the broader side. Citrus peel textured surface particularly noticeable on the bottom with six character hall mark in overglaze red enamel. Traces of gilt enamel on the rim almost completely rubbed away over time. Good condition. Length 8 7/8 inches (22.55 cm), Width 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm), height 3 inches (7.62 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre AD 1000 item #1290041
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Indian red sandstone (of muted red, buff tone) fragment from an architectural frieze. Sculpturally represented is a voluptuous female form with waistband, necklace, large round earrings, bands on the left upper arm and a head covering, seated and holding her right forefinger to her chin, left hand upon left thigh with indiscernible attribute, and right leg crossed in front of bended left leg. A couple of incised lines on the right suggest a sheer covering issuing from the waistband. Though a successful expression, some of the proportions seem a bit primitive - the right hand appearing of slightly larger scale. Perhaps it belongs to an adjacent, now absent, figure to its right (there does seem to be drapery with incised details pendant from the forearm.) The figure sits upon the lower leg of a figure now absent from the its left (the foot of which suggests another figure about twice the size as the one depicted.) Friezes such as the one this figure likely appeared in often portrayed multiple figures interacting to varying degrees (sometimes less, sometimes more.) Good condition, understanding that it is a fragment of a larger object and excepting weathering of details which are now a bit soft though discernible. The patina of the finished surface constrast with the unweathered surfaces cut from the original frieze. An old, worn label (not legible) remains on one side. Height, about 12 inches (30.48 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1289845
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An iron tsuba (Japanese sword guard.) Karakusa (vine) forming eight openwork lobes issuing from four Anzu (apricot blossoms). Incised details (worn.) The Anzu was used in Mon for a number of families, some of which included the Nabeshima and the Tachibana. The mon featured prominently in the Muromachi and Azuchi-Momoyama periods (16th and early 17th centuries.) The configuration of this tsuba is similar to the complex mon of Ono Harunaga which arranged eight pairs of Anzu blossoms around a larger, central pair of blossoms. Ono Harunaga was a general under the Toyotomi's, was lord of Osaka castle after the battle of Sekigahara, and met his end there in 1615 after the siege by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Holes for utility knives flanking the seppa-dai. Good condition. Rubbing of the seppa-dai normal but also with light pitting (acceptable) on the reverse seppa-dai. Small quantities of glue adhering (picked off reasonably easily but with some effort - not at all disturbing the patina.) Decent tone when tapped. 2 5/8 inches (6.7 cm) diameter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1289724
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A kozuka with sea shell and seaweed decoration with gold and silver overlaid on shakudo (a pickled gold and copper alloy) nanako ('fish roe' textured ground.) The utility knife handle with filed gilt bronze sides and back. Slight bend and the nanako somewhat dented in places. Would present nicely enough with a sword fitted to hold a kozuka in the saya (scabbard.) Kogatana (utility blade) not included. Length, 3 3/4 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1289381
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$95.00
Japanese polychrome enamel Arita porcelain dish. Decoration in blue underglaze and green, red, black, buff, aubergine and gold enamel of cranes among the three friends of winter (pine, bamboo and prunus) and Spring flowers. Stylized character in center, karakusa on verso. Good condition. 8 5/8 inches diameter
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1288014
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A Mino hon-zukuri wakizashi by Hida (no) Kami Ujifusa, circa 1600. Quite dark steel. Shallow Torii-sori, chu-kissaki, iori-mune. Nagasa 19 5/8 inches (49.85 cm), wide haba, medium kasane. Tight, small itame hada. Wide nie-deki o-gunome midare hamon with togari and koshigaiba. No doubt more activity and hada will be brought out with polish. Fukura-tsuku kissaki. Midare-komi boshi ending in togari rich in nie before thin, fukai kaeri. Iriyama-gata nakago with good patina and crisp feel with (like the blade) some scattered surface rust, o-sujikai yasurime and confidently, deeply cut mei. One mekugi-ana. Only the blade and habaki convey (as we found it.) Has surface rust, habaki locked in place, and some nicks to the edge. Wide haba, characteristic of the Hida Ujifusa line, and wide yakiba ensure this will take a good, restorative polish. I have received a quote to polish and, believing it to be our best candidate for polish, we may later have this done if still possessing it.

Hawley's lists three smiths who worked in Mino province (UJI 19, UJI 21, UJI 22) who signed Hida No Kami Ujifusa (and two Hida Ujifusa listings for Owari province which probably represent the same smiths moving between the two neighboring provinces, UJI 26 and UJI 36). The master of this storied, well connected line was the grandson of third generation Kanefusa and became known as one of the "three Owari masters" (Owari-sansaku.) In his youth, the master Hida Fujiwara Ujifusa was in 1577 appointed page to Oda Nobunaga's third son, Nobutaka (Owari province was also home to the Oda clan), about the time of the subjugation of Kii province. Ujifusa became Ronin in 1582 when Nobutaka committed seppuku. In 1588 Ujifusa entered into apprenticeship under his father, Wakasa no Kami Ujifusa (already a renkowned Owari smith of the late Koto working by appointment by Oda Nobunaga) and received the title Hida no Kami from Toyotomi Hidetsugu, nephew of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and regent for Hideyoshi's son Hideyori, in 1592 (the Toyotomis also came from Owari province.) By 1610 Ujifusa was working from Nagoya castle (as the Toyotomi reign was unraveling after Sekigahra and Hideyori had also fortified in Osaka castle.) Five years later the Toyotomi reign ended with the fall of Osaka Castle. There was one more generation of Hida Fujiwara Ujifusa in Mino province after the master (three total when counting Wakasa Ujifusa who, from Hawley's, it would seem also signed "Hida" within the second generation's atelier - now the master swordsmith in the line). This sword, with gonome-midare hamon, wide haba and o-sujikai yasurime is consistent with the work of the master, Hawley's UJI 21.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1287958
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$225.00
Chinese bronze shi (or foo) lion seal. Four character seal mark. Good condition. Height, little more than 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #1287476
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Sold in Vervendi March 2015 Auction
A good Korean mother of pearl inlaid small chest of drawers. The front with inlaid decoration of pairs of birds (including, recognizably, ducks and phoenix) among lotus, bamboo, peaches and peonies on flat black lacquered ground. This is one of those wonderful finds of both honest age and undisturbed condition. All the wood with evidence only of being hand worked and appearing untouched since made with good, honest patina on all the secondary woods as well. The extent of conservation over time appears to be a couple of patched corners to the inlaid drawer facings and sparse replacement of some missing wooden pins (yes good, old wooden pins throughout) with a nail here and there. As one with experience dealing in period furniture, I would have to say that this is not only in good condition but also thankful that it has not been altered. As obvious from the unlevel shelves seen in our pictures, it is in need of a proper (hide) regluing. So it will ship with the drawers and dividers a bit loose. Height, 10 5/8 inches (26.9 cm), Width, about the same (27 cm), Depth, 10 1/8 inches (25.7 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1910 item #1287472
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$675.00
An unusual (you could probably say rare) paktong betel nut set. Comprised of six pieces of Chinese paktong including an octagonal tray, four elongated six sided hinged boxes together fitting within the octagonal tray and centering a square space in which fits a single octagonal hinged box containing lime residue (the square space accommodating the hinges from all five boxes.) Paktong being an alloy of brass, nickel and tin to imitate silver with resistance to tarnish, the surface of paktong can hold a high burnish but does acquire patina over time. This set exhibits a dull patina from rubbing and exposure of the top surfaces while retaining the burnished luster on the sides of the boxes and trays. Condition is good with minor discoloration of the rubbed top surfaces. The hinges lack retaining pins which may have been wood (in which case simply enough replaced.) As these appear to have been brushed (possibly for affect when made), they may clean but the top surfaces might not again acquire the burnished quality of the side surfaces unless again burnished (we do not disturb metal surfaces.) Tray, point to point 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm), side to side 8 5/8 inches (22 cm). Box length, 4 3/4 inches (12.07 cm). Central box dimension 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm)