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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1345063
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$145.00
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One Nabeshima style blue and white porcelain footed dish. Decoration of pine branches and ornaments inside the dish. Typical stylized cash symbols outside the dish and comb pattern around the tall foot. Dishes like this, if more than one, typically came in sets of five (three survive). [This listing is for one though three are available at the list price as we add this item.] Chips around rim, kiln faults. Diameter, 6 inches (15.24 cm). Height, 1 11/16 inches (4.28 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1345061
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$245.00
A Kakiemon style porcelain six lobed dish. Cobalt blue underglaze and red, green, yellow, blue and black outline overglaze enamel decoration of 'three friends of winter' (pine, bamboo and prunus). Assymetry of decoration, as well as palette, typical of Kakiemon type porcelains. But the quality of decoration (though good inside the dish), potting and mark speaks to a more general 'Arita' attribution. Some kiln grit adheres inside the foot rim. 19th century. Condition is good, with a few small glaze flakes outside the rim on one lobe, and with some wobble to the potting, and minor kiln faults and light scratches. Diameter from 5 7/8 inches (15.1 cm) to 6 1/4 inches (15.7 cm) [recall the mention of "wobble"]. Height from 1 5/16 (3.3 cm) inches to 1 1/2 inches (3.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1345055
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$275.00
An Arita porcelain seashell form, scalloped dish with tall foot. Enamel decoration of Ho-o (Japanese mythological Phoenix) in the Kakiemon pallete - black, red, blue, green, yellow and gold overglaze enamel - applied over the glaze inside the dish. Slightly opaque white, large bubble suffused glaze with faint celadon pooling in recesses. Kiln grit adhering to the unglazed foot rim. An old label remains taped inside the foot proclaiming the dish to be 18th century Kakiemon ware (but probably Arita and possibly as late as the 19th century.) Very good condition. Length, 6 11/16 inches (17 cm). Width, 5 1/4 inches (13.3 cm). Height: 1 1/8 inches (3 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1344327
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$550.00
A fine Arita blue and white four lobed bowl. Decoration of Sennin Chokaro with his gourd attribute in landscape, centered by extraordinary shironuki (drawn in white) decoration in the cavetto - each of four panels with a different auspicious figure and attributes. The outside of the shaped rim and sides also with simple shironuki decoration of a water border and a lotus blossom floating at each, dimpled corner. This accomplished work would have issued from aristocratic patronage rather than standard kiln production. Faint celadon tinge in the pooled glaze along the footrim. 18th - early 19th century. One flake inside the rim otherwise good condition. 5 7/8 to 6 inches (14.92 to 15.24 cm) across at the corners. About 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1344316
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$1,175.00
A fine little octagonal blue and white porcelain kakiemon style deep dish. Chocolate brown glazed rim, white body and clear glaze over cobalt blue decoration of a primitive, raised teahouse with loose thatch roof and slung entrance screen all under a large willow tree and, conspicuously, a spiderweb (perhaps to emphasize closeness to nature) in the foreground. The interior wall and rim decorated with repeating pattern and karakusa (scrolling vine and leaf). Karakusa also appearing on the exterior wall. Blue rings around the foot, a blue ring inside the foot centering a mark - appears to read Yoshi and Ga (Ka) and possibly another stylized character from the center line. One might call it a variant on the Fuku mark in this context but it looks rather like an artist and possibly a place reference for a private kiln (which would have been Daimyo sponsored in the period). The mark on the verso is aligned with the decoration on the front - an indication of attention to detail expected also of authentic fine Chinese ceramics. An extraordinary work, finely potted and deftly painted. Very good condition with light rubbing on the interior from wear and a small kiln fault there where the glaze crawled a little. Certainly early 18th century and not implausibly reaching to the end of the Genroku era (1704). About 5 1/4 inches (13.34 cm) diamater at the sides, 5 5/8 inches (14.3 cm) diameter at the corners, about 1 5/16 inch (3.33 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1700 item #1344279
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$1,675.00
A fine Japanese blue and white porcelain dish. The foliate rim with chocolate brown glaze, the white porcelain body and glaze, and the fine attention to detail all suggest Kakiemon type. The cavetto with decoration of flowering plants including peonies, prunus and others. The center decorated with a bird (perhaps a flycatcher) in fruited branches, rockery and bamboo leaves below. Both the cavetto and center with reverse technique where the underglaze cobalt blue forms the background of the decoration. Finely defined chatter marks inside the footrim centering five spur marks. Remnants of an old label adhere to the back. The decoration has the feel of Chinese inspiration. Emulation of traditional Chinese porcelain decoration, and certainly Chinese porcelain marks, is not without basis. I have not come upon quite this decoration before and would consider it, along with the quality of this work, to be rare and early - probably Genroku era. One hairline issues from the rim where a flake on the front has an old repair, otherwise good condition. This dish would be an excellent candidate for a proper kintsugi (gold lacquer) repair. Diameter 8 7/8 inches (22.5 cm), Height 1 1/16 inch (2.7 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1344277
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$975.00
An unusual Arita dish. While not surprising to find an Arita ware dish in Kakiemon palette, one also with a celadon glaze is rare. Polychrome prunus decoration (perhaps quince or blackthorn from the thorns) in the foliate rim dish. Black outline for leaves and branches - red outline for blossoms. Also green, blue, yellow and red enamel decoration. Subtle chatter marks within the unglazed footrim - not an exact circle. Four randomly positioned spur marks and one bubble inside the foot. An inscribed spiral under the glaze center of the foot not likely a mark. We believe this dish has good age pre-dating the 19th century. Kakiemon style Arita celadon dishes are known from the Genroku era. We attribute the dish to circa 1800. Good condition with light rubbing from wear. 7 3/4 to 7 7/8 inches (about 20 cm) diameter. Height about 1 inch (2.54 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1900 item #1344271
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$675.00
A small, two compartment medicine box. Unlike most larger inro, this has no silk cord slide for wear. It must have been carried concealed. The surface subtly and adeptly uses the negoro technique, of using red and black lacquer, to impart a tortoiseseshell-like effect under a clear coat. A Tomoe mon appears on both sides - in relief on one side and bordered-recessed on the other. Truly an understated master work. The interior nashiji decorated. Signed Bunryusai in gold and with Kao in red. Bunryusai was a Kajikawa urushi artist. Good condition with light wear along edges of compartments - will condition easily in the hands of a qualified conservationist. External dimensions 1 5/8 inches (4.13 cm) long, 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm) wide, 1 1/16 inches (2.7 cm) deep.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1343243
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$540.00
A large Tembo tsuba. The Tembo (or Tenpo) style evolved from the Saotome school and the sukashi decoration of Okiagari here (an especially nice feature) carries over. Okiagari are self righting toys and the subject was a symbol of inspiration to Samurai in aspiring to improvement and the right path in life. There is, on a curious level of interest, some minute trace of old gold decoration (long since worn off) on the surface of this tsuba. Though there are transitional examples, the present example has a drier feel more typical of Tembo iron (Saotome examples having a smoother, wetter feel.) The kozuka-ana plugged with, apparently, pewter. Edo period. Good condition with one small scratch (should be easily treatable.) Height 3 3/8 inches (85 cm), Width 3 3/16 inches (81.5 cm), and 5/32 of an inch (4 cm) thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1800 item #1343239
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$235.00
A simple, small but stout iron tsuba. The Myochin line of metal workers were armor makers who also produced tsuba. The simple decoration upper-right here could be a flower head or a snowflake. Udenuki-ana appear lower left. Good condition. Height 2 3/4 inches (69 cm), Width 2 9/16 inches (65 cm), and 6/32 of an inche (5 mm) thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1343236
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$395.00
An intricately carved Bushu (Musashi province) iron tsuba. Sukashi (openwork) decoration of flowering clematis. Signed Bushu Ju Masayoshi. Edo Period. Good condition with a thin, dark gray patina. A shakudo plug in the kogai-ana. The seppa-ana appears to have later been enlarged a bit, no doubt to fit to a particular blade (this is not unusual). Wear in the seppa-dai is not unexpected. Height 2 13/16 inches (71 mm), Width 2 11/16 inches (69 mm), and 5/32 of an inch thick (nearly 4 mm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1342841
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$675.00
An Edo period iron tsuba with stylized wave motif. Carved and chiseled details on the waves enhancing the inference to water. The symmetric depiction likely a ka-mon (heraldic device). A nearly identical tsuba can be found in the Boston Museum of Fine Art, accession number 11.11500, with the minor exceptions of a more rounded seppa-dai in the present tsuba with gilt, kinko band probably intended to fit the tsuba with a particular koshirae. This tsuba must be the same school if not the same workshop as the BMA tsuba. Nami (wave) Mon was used by several families. A symmetrical variant not very unlike that used in this tsuba (repeated four times to form a mokko shape) was used by the Maeno (surname of an Oda Nobunaga retainer), the Soga, the Shimazaki and a few variants by the Oguri. 17th-18th century. Very good condition. About 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) high, 2 9/16 inches (6.51 cm) wide, 3/16 inches (.48 cm) thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1342321
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$1,450.00
A 16th century Yoshiro Zogan tsuba. The type is named for a Kaga province artist considered to have advanced the late Onin period brass inlay art to that of hira-zogan - flush with the iron surface. The school also took hold in other provinces, most notably Bizen. The mokko-gata form of this tsuba would appear to be uncommon for Yoshiro Zogan tsuba particularly of katana size. Eight ka-mon are inlaid in open work fashion. The remaining surface decorated with a network of brass inlay depicting algae. Hitsu-ana for kozuka and kogai also lined with brass. From the Onin period when brass inlay became popular, the metal was highly valued. This tsuba is late Muromachi period to possibly Momoyama period. It is in very good condition with apparently uneven rubbing to some of the inlaid brass while the patina on iron surfaces is undisturbed. The very light, old loss of brass inlay is good as this type of brass inlay often sees more loss as the underlying iron surrenders surface with oxidation. About 3 1/4 inches (9.53 cm) high, about 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm) wide, about 5/32 inches (4 mm) thick.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1342073
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$695.00
A daisho pair of iron tsuba. Each signed with kakihan (or kao) cosistent with that for Kiyonori (208, 清則) as listed in Joly's 'Shosankenshu'. The disc forms with wells around the fully formed seppa-dai suggest kagami-shi (mirror makers) influence. Nunome zogan (literally "textile inlay") of rice plants and insects. Good condition, with some rubbing to the patina mostly of the smaller, wakizashi tsuba. Larger (katana) tsuba 2 7/8 inches high (7.3 cm), 2 3/4 inches wide (7 cm), thickness about 5/32 inches (4 mm). Smaller (wakizashi) tsuba 2 3/4 inches high (7 cm), 2 5/8 inches wide (.36 cm), thickness also 5/32 inches (3.6 mm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1342067
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$275.00
A blue and white vessel. Looks like it is intended as a birdbath with feeder for a garden or an aviary. It could also be used as a vase or planter but the interior decoration of a chrysanthemum spray would then be obscured. It is formed as if stalks of bamboo composing three feet, a bird feeder (rising from the rim), and all together forming a larger, circular vessel - as indicated above, we believe a birdbath. Suitable to the supposed purpose and the form, the vessel is decorated with chidori and bamboo leaves in blue underglaze. If not actually Hirado production, it is certainly that type. The kaolin used holds its form well, the unglazed underside has a smooth if not matte finish feeling to the fingernail as uncooked macaroni (I borrow an analogy I have previously heard unglazed Hirado clay described by.) A warm, caramel color appears just where the glaze meets the base and again along the flat, apparently thinly glazed rim. Good condition with two tiny, old rim flakes filled. Diameter between 6 3/4 inches (17.14 cm) to 7 inches (17.78 cm). Height about 3 5/8 inches (9.21 cm) to the rim of the bath and 4 3/8 inches (11.11 cm) to the rim of the feeder.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1342057
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$375.00
A long kiseru comprised of two large, robust ends joined to a bamboo tube. The bowl end with decoration of paulownia (kiri) in garden view, the mouthpiece end with decoration of Daruma with whisk, both executed in katakiri-bori (engraved). Three character signature. The ends made from a soft metal (kinko) alloy with a warm patina. Condition is good and pipe unobstructed. Total length, 19 1/4 inches.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1837 VR item #1342027
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$3,400.00
A fine Japanese lacquer tebako (accessories box). Makie and nashiji decoration of three friends of winter decoration and ka-mon on roiro ground. The three friends of winter decoration continues fluidly from the cover to the box. A tray is enclosed. Two metal bosses with ring bales bear a wisteria mon. Two mon are depicted in the lacquer work. The butterfly mon is consistent with that of the Okayama branch of the Matsudaira clan (in Bizen province). The wisteria mon is consistent with the Daimyate in Chikuzen province (Hawley references the Fukuoka and the Akizuki Daimyo of Chikuzen). That both the Okayama and the Chikuzen families were daimyo, and the lacquer work is of commensurate quality, it does tend to confirm representation of these families and not others known to use the mon. This box was undoubtedly gifted, possibly as part of a dowry or trousseau, on the occasion of a wedding between members of the two families. Condition is good and presentable with usual small indications of wear from use and only minor lacquer loss notably on the some of the edges of the cover, along the edge of the underside of the box, and one short stress line each on a corner of the cover and of the box. Full disclosure: A metal cap is missing on the inside which covered prongs from an exterior boss. Edo period - at least early 19th century. 7 1/16 inches (18 cm) long. 6 inches (15.24 cm) wide. 5 5/16 inches (13.5 cm) high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1340187
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$625.00
A well forged, handsome mokume tsuba in mokko-gata form with katakiri-bori landscape decoration on both the omote and ura. The mokume grain is large and well controlled reminding one of ayasugi hada. In fact, this tsuba is indeed a tosho (swordsmith's) tsuba, being made by [Kai Ju] Kiyonaga and dated the third year of Bunkyo (1863) believed to be the same as KIY 298 referenced in Hawley's, Japanese Swordsmiths. Our angled, side view photographs more accurately portray patina and color as well as the mokume grain. Good condition. 3 5/8 inches (8.4 cm) X 3 3/8 inches (8.1 cm) and 7/32 inches thick (.55 cm) at the raised mimi and about 1/8 inch (.32 cm) thick at the seppa-dai. The raised mimi and no taper across the plate are atypical of traditional tosho tsuba. But the present example being 19th century, and toward the end of the Edo period, allows latitude for creativity. Ex Arnold Frenzel collection. If both sensitivity and strength are conveyed in the smith's blades as they are in this tsuba, I would be tempted to acquire one of his swords.