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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1333910
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An iron, Ko-Tosho (early sword smith's) tsuba. The slightest taper from seppa dai towards rim. Pierced decoration. Purchased from Andy Quirt (ex Skip Holbrook collection) at the February 2016 Tampa show, he thought it depicted gourds. I guess the beholder might see different things. I see Japanese eggplants on leafy vine (two fruit and two leaves) supported by a bamboo trellis. An uncommon and well executed, balanced decoration. Late Muromachi. Good condition - has seen some pitting in the past but now stable (chalk it up to tekkotsu, history and character - tekkotsu attractively conspicuous on the rim), well worn to the touch, and with a good, dark patina. 2 7/8" (7.3 cm) marugata. 1/8" (3.17 mm) thick at the mimi. 3/16" (4.47 mm) thick at the seppa-dai.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1333826
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An armorer's iron tsuba, probably for a wakizashi as it is somewhat diminuitive in size. The rim (mimi) is significantly raised and defined almost as if to suggest a separate piece of iron forming the rim (though it is one with the plate.) With the small sukashi and flat plate, I would almost lean toward tosho (swordsmith) if it weren't for the substantially high rim (an indication of katchu work.) Good condition with tekkotsu, dark patina and some light surface rust for which we are lightly applying oil when dry (we prefer not to overclean or dry out a tsuba so will not take some of the more invasive measures against only light rust.) This tsuba has an early feel - perhaps Muromachi. 2 3/4" (7 cm) marugata. The thickness of the plate is about 1/8" (.32 cm). The thickness at the rim is about 1/4" (.63 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1333823
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A katchushi (or armorer's) tsuba, probably Myochin, with pierced decoration of ship's rudders (the significance being a comparison of rudders steering a ship to values guiding a Samurai's life choices.) The strong, homogenous, dense iron plate with only light tekkotsu and smooth to the touch. Dark patina. Momoyama to early Edo. Good condition: Lamination folds with openings evident on one side. Ex Skip Holbrook collection. 3 3/32" x 3 1/16" x 1/8" (7.8 cm x 7.7 cm x .32 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1700 item #1333535
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An armorer's tsuba, with slightly raised rim on the strong, flat iron plate. Pierced decoration of a shrimp with pleasing, subtle swell along the antennae and legs (mostly on the ura.) Small, irregular brass inlays for the eyes (missing from one eye - not conspicuous.) The kogai-ana plugged with a copper rich alloy. Oval form about 2 7/8" (7.3 cm) by 2 3/4" (6.985 cm). Thickness at rim about 5/32" (.39 cm). Late 16th century to early 17th century - perhaps Momoyama period. Good condition with mottled hues in the dark, lustrous patina likely with extant lacquer adhering and accounting for some of the black color (note that the tsuba has an overall dark, mottled patina which our lighting doesn't adequately portray). Subtle tekkotsu evident - some old, worn pitting with the surface now smooth to the touch.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1930 item #1328662
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$375.00
A set of five, understated Kyoto-Satsuma earthenware dishes. Each with decoration of five, 16 petal chrysanthemums - two softly sketched in gosu underglaze blue and three sharply sketched in black under the glaze. The backs undecorated. The 16 petal chrysanthemum mon has traditionally been reserved for imperial use and could appear on objects given as official gifts. Each seal impressed on the back (looks like it might be "Sozan" [not Sua's but a different character for "So"].) Appears to be early 20th century. Five would be the standard traditional set size in Japan. All in very good condition. Each diameter about 6 1/16 inch to 6 1/8 inch (about 15.5 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Enamel : Pre 1910 item #1328479
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$975.00
An interesting pair of Chinese cloisonne bulb pots. Lotus decoratoin in red, white, green and yellow on blue. Raised, lion mask decoration on the feet. Incised key decoration along the rim. Today they may be more suited for use as cachepots or potpourris (which would also be easier on the old material.) Reasonably good, presentable condition with expected wear, perhaps most notably small losses atop and under the rim of one also with a green enamel or paint layer on the bottom. One with "CHINA" lightly scratched into the bottom with some distress. Diameter 6 1/4 (15.88 cm) to 6 1/2 inches (16.5 cm). Height about 4 inches (10.16 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1328476
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$550.00
A pair of Shoushan stone chops (no seals yet carved on the bottoms.) Foo lion decoration carved from the tops. Incised lotus decoration on the sides. Good, red color. Some matrix in the stone. Good condition with few, minor losses - notably a little of the ear and a small loss under the base of one. Late Qing dynasty to Circa 1900. Height, each about 6 1/16 inches (about 15.4 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1328475
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$265.00
A good, Japanese iroe imari dish of square form with garden landscape decoration in red, green, yellow, aubergine, black and gold enamel and underglaze blue. The center panel decorated with pines, plantains and maples among rockery and below stylized clouds. The rockery employing "master of the rocks" technique of consecutive contour lines - the stylized clouds echoing the technique. Good condition. 7 to 7 1/8 inches square. About 8 1/4 inches from corner to corner. 19th century. (Five like this available: one each may be acquired at the offer price, up to five.)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1328473
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$135.00
One Japanese blue and white porcelain dish. Shonsui style decoration in roundels of birds in branches with berries and of peonies, all centered by geometric decoration along the inside of the foliate rim. The back with similar decoration of roudels, blue and white band decoration above the foot rim centering a four character mark within a blue ring. Good condition. Diameter, 7 1/2 inches. Ca 1900/early 20th century. (Seven like this available: one each may be acquired at the offer price price, up to seven.)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1328470
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One Japanese porcelain mamezara (bean, or appetizer, dish.) Fine blue and white decoration of a landscape on one panel and particularly fine shades of blue decoration of a flowering prunus branch on another. Karakusa decoration on the back. Spurious Ming Chenghua mark inside the foot rim. Good condition. Length, about 6 inches. Ca 1900/Early 20th century. (Two like this available: One each may be acquired at the offer price, up to two.)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1328468
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One Finely formed and decorated Japanese blue and white porcelain dish. The deep, foliate rim fired to chocolate brown along the edge is suggestive of kakiemon influence. Decoration of figure seated in royal ease pose, perhaps Kannon, in rich foliate garden setting centered by repetitive characters (perhaps suggestive of sutra or chants) inside the deep rim. The Buddhist motif is unusual. Spurious Ming Chenghua mark. Good condition. Diameter, 7 5/8 inches. Ca 1900/early 20th century. (Five like this available: Winning bidder may acquire one each at the winning bid price, up to five.)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1319518
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$395.00
A handsome pair of horse form menuki. Gold overlay on worked brass or alloy surface. (These would be quite a nice match with another of our listings - a kozuka, item #1318917 - and together would dress up a sword nicely). Very good condition (solder evidence on back as they were previously affixed to a cha-donsu.) Length, 1 3/16 (3.02 cm) and 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) respectively.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1319508
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$245.00
A pair of Niō or Kongōrikishi figural menuki. The copper-bronze alloy with traces of black patina suggesting possibly rubbed shakudo (meaning the alloy may have a low gold content which composition would take a blue-black patination.) Gold details decoration of attire. While a pair of Kongōrikishi would typically form Ah-um ("Ah", mouth opened and "Um", mouth closed), this is not easily discerned with the present pair which also strike the same (rather than opposed) posture. It may be that this wasn't deemed important when each would be wrapped on a different side of a tsuka. Or these may be a very well matched menuki from different pairs (there are slight differences.) In any event, they would work very well together on a tsuka. Good condition. Solder evidence on back as they were affixed to a cha-donsu. Each length, 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Furnishings : Furniture : American : Federal : Pre 1837 VR item #1319397
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$475.00
Jerome's & Darrow Federal manner hand made shelf clock with wood works, Bristol CT. Provenance, Martin VanBuren Back, 1835-1920 (may already have been in the family for a generation.) We purchased from his direct descendant, David N. Back in the 1990s. We had the clock last serviced in 2006 and in good running order with reliable chimes. Having invested in preservation, our gain will have been our enjoyment of the clock. 2nd quarter, 19th century. Good condition. Height, about 34 3/4 inches. We will defer to a professional shipper for such an item - cost to be arranged between buyer and shipper.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1319339
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$265.00
Pair of Kinko (soft metal, as distinguished from iron) menuki. The soft metal copper alloy with dark patination (perhaps shakudo) depicting a pair of shishi or dogs (these are more dog like than most shishi I've seen, which are often thought to be lions.) The dogs with hair defined with fine incising. Decoration in gold including spots and pupils on the dogs, the collars each with a bell, and sprays of flowers. One of the menuki appears to have a miniature gold self-righting figure of Daruma (an 'okiagari koboshi' toy) on its back along with the flower spray. Appear to be earlier Edo. Very good condition. They were "saved" from a Cha-donsu studded with good, old menuki. So we suppose you could call these dogs "rescues" :) There is solder evidence on the back but that is never accessible when mounted on a tsuka. (These would be a good match with another of our listings - a kozuka, item #1318102.) Length, 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 inches (2.86 to 3.17 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1900 item #1318917
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$435.00
An Edo period kozuka of shakudo and copper with relief decoration of five horses on nanako ground. One horse with full silver overlay, one with full gold overlay, one with gold spots, one with silver spots, the fifth with gold mane and tail. Surfaces of horses not gilt or silvered showing a deep red-brown patina contrasting quietly with the shakudo nanako. Condition is good and serviceable with no dents or pinches to the plate and back but with slight movement of the butt surface including minute perforations. (This would be a good match with another of our listings - a pair of menuki, item #1319518.) Length of kozuka, 3 3/4 inches (9.525 cm)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1900 item #1318819
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$1,100.00
A Chinese inside painted glass snuff bottle. Clear glass with red trim painted with landscape decoration one side (figure in boat in rocky landscape) and precious objects on the other side (lotus, ceramics, bronzes and scrolls). A calligraphic inscription and seals on the side with precious objects. Good condition. Height, about 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm)
All Items : Fine Art : Paintings : Oil : N. America : American : Pre 1900 item #1318587
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A 19th century American folk art painting. Oil on canvas. Table top still life of bountiful agricultural harvest and a pineapple likely from port trade (pineapples were popular import produce in 19th century port cities and much can be read of pineapples in American tradition and design - most notably relating to hospitality.) Relined - otherwise good, clean and bright condition. Stretcher dimensions 30 1/2 inches x 25 1/4 inches. We acquired this in the late 90s from a long time Georgetown period furniture dealer (and Trocadero member) who had this in his own dining room for years. We have, also, enjoyed it in ours since but it is now time to lighten up as we prepare for a distant move.