Japanese silver wire cloisonne vase. Green, aubergine, coral, violet, white, yellow, dark blue and black enamel decoration of bird and flowers all on a light blue enamel background. Two faint, tight hairline cracks issue each about a half inch from different petals of the topmost peony blossom decoration, otherwise good. Height 7 1/4 inches (18.42 cm)
Small Japanese Ginbari cloisonne vase. Gold, orange, pink, green, bronze-brown and black enamel dragon on textured silver colored foil ground. Condition is distressed with crack lines issuing from the foot with a discolored bruise and loss but all on the side opposite the dragon decoration. There is a tiny, inconspicuous nibble along the edge inside the rim of the vase. The vase nonetheless exhibits quite beautifully from a shelf. Single character mark on the foot. Height 3 1/4 inches (8.25 cm)
Japanese Gingari cloisonne vase. Green, red, aubergine, blue, black and yellow enamel dragon on textured silver colored foil ground. Condition is distressed with crack lines issuing from the rim and onto the shoulder and also from the foot light loss and staining. It nonetheless presents quite handsomely from a shelf. Impressed mark on the foot. Height 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm)
Japanese ko-sometsuke porcelain nagazara (tray form dish) with scalloped corners. With creative blue underglaze depiction of pine boughs and cones in and centered within double lined blue rectangle by the cavetto. The sides with decoration of a literati scroll with berried vines. A narrow key fret band adorns along the outside of the foot rim. A six character mark appears inside the rectangular foot rim. This strongly potted and decorated piece exhibits freedom of expression not bridled by repetitive production of established patterns. We believe it to be from a private kiln under the patronage of some feudal lord and showing independence of both cultivated patronage and accomplished production even if a bit more primitive than production from known, leading kilns. We feel it must be 18th century. Some traces of iron oxide dot the cobalt blue decoration. The unglazed foot burnt in places to a slight buff color. Condition is very good. A few small spots inside the tray rise above the glaze and are burnt brown so dating to the firing. Length 8 1/2 inches (21.59 cm). Width 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm)
A Japanese blue and white koro with all over cartographic decoration of the Japanese Islands, with provinces labeled, and other bodies including seas and land masses with countries labled. The name used for Korea uses the name Joseon which dynasty (established in 1392) ended by varying accounts between 1897 and 1910. The censer could be later still. The cover with Shishi lion pierced finial over the compressed spherical tripod censer with stylized handles. Four character mark centered within recessed bottom. The three feet burnt an iron color where the glaze thins to the biscuit. The Excellent condition. Height from feet to finial about 4 inches (10.16 cm). Length from end of each handle about 5 3/8 inches (13.65 cm). Diameter of girth about 4 inches.
Korean folk art carved wood figure. Bearded man in traditional attire. Holding a pipe in left hand, the right hand positioned to hold a staff and pierced for that purpose (staff missing.) Good condition save a couple chips along the brim of the hat. Height 8 1/2 inches (21.59 cm)
Two Chinese Export porcelain Nanking leaf from spoon rests. Of varying size and decoration, each with landscape in spearhead and lattice borders. The smaller with foot burnt to more of orange color than the larger. The larger with a bit more fritting along the edges. The smaller with a couple rubbed spots to the glaze. Both otherwise in good condition with no cracks and no scratching. Longer, 7 inches (17.78 cm). The other, 6 1/4 inches (15.87 cm).
Pair small Japanese blue and white porcelain dishes. Hawthorne style decoration of prunus branches in bloom. Verso with three prunus branches. Blue underglaze mark centered within the foot rim. Fair to decent condition with a few frit like flea bites to the glaze along the rims. No cracks and no hairlines. Diameter each about 7 1/8 inches (18.1 cm)
Japanese Genroku era Imari bowl with blue underglaze and red and gold overglaze enamel decoration. The octagonal form with alternating panels on both interior and exterior of flowers and of boat in garden landscape. The cavetto with vase and flowers decoration. Flowers and vine decoration around the foot. Flower head decoration in red enamel inside blue ring within ring foot. The white glaze around the buff colored foot rim burned to a thin dark iron colored ring before the unglazed rim. The condition is incredibly good and with only sparse wear to the gilt enamel decoration. Diameter, point to point, about 7 1/4 inches (18.4 cm). Height, about 2 1/2 inches (6.35 cm).
Totai brush pot. A peculiarly Japanese mixed media of cloisonne decoration on ceramic body. Butterflies and flowers decoration. Signed in dark red enamel inside the ring foot. Condition is fair to good with the typically crazed glazed earthenware body further issuing into two stress lines from the firing not continuing through the cloisonne decoration. Someone has imparted a luster to the typically dry totai surface with what appears to be a buffed hard wax - also giving the totai surface a darker than usual appearance. It should clean off though we woudn't know how to do that safely (heat?) Height about 7 1/4 inches (18.42). Diameter about 3 3/8 inches (8.57 cm).
A fine, Edo period iron choshi (sake pot) with cloisonne cover. Relief decoration in the casting includes a band of Shippo Mon around the rim, within a band of karakusa, within another band of smaller Shippo Mon. A band of Manji fret (could also represent a Mon - perhaps in marriage) decoration around the girth above 10 evenly spaced large roundels with Phoenix (Ho-o) and Paulownia - almost certainly the Mon of the Kawakatsu clan which is exclusively associated with this motif. Claiming descent from the venerable Hata clan, the Kawakatsu figured prominently among hatamoto families in the Edo period. This history together with the quality of this pot qualifies this choshi as a daimyo (top ranked feudal lord) object. A well made brass handle with sukashi flower head decoration. Good condition. The cloisonne cover with flower head motif appears, incredibly, to be the original - with brass flower head decoration and copper pinning consistent with the brass handle. The iron surface probably cleaned at some point but carrying a good patina. The fine, crisp detail shows this to be an original, first casting. That it was used is apparent but thankfully no compromising rust issues. Length to tip of spout about 8 1/2 inches (21.6 cm). Height to rim about 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm). Height to top of brass handle about 7 inches (17.8 cm).
Distressed Japanese Iki mask with crystal eyes. Gofun finish over dry lacquer composition. Details including veins, wrinkles and furrows. The surface is in a distressed state with significant losses and some 'alligatored' texture possibly from exposure to elements. Would make a worthy conservation project for someone with the patience to recoat and touch up losses (the missing left ear being most challenging.) Length, about 9 1/4 inches (23.49 cm)