An unusual Japanese 2 section, 6ft mizuya (kitchen buffet tansu) from the Kanazawa region. Constructed with Hinoki (cypress) and Sugi (cedar) woods, with red and black lacquer frame, and Keyaki (elm) burl front panels in reddish brown lacquer. The top of the piece holds a long open compartment behind four sliding panels with bookmatched Keyaki burl hardwood. Below are a center pair of mesh sliding panels with black lacquer wood frame, carved with floral motifs and with decorative iron pulls. The... Click for details
Antique Japanese 2 Section Isho Tansu
Antique Japanese 2 section isho tansu (clothing chest) constructed of Kiri (paulownia) and Sugi (cedar) wood. With hand-forged iron lock plates, hardware, and handles. The upper section of the piece holds two open compartments side by side, and five shallow drawers of various size. One side of the chest has a lift-away door and the other with pair of sliding door panels framed with shou sugi ban panels. The lower section of the tansu holds five drawers for clothing and three drawers for small... Click for details
Antique Japanese Buddhist Scroll of the Sixteen Arhats
Japanese Buddhist scroll depicting the Legendary Sixteen Arhats. The Arhats are described as sage beings who have attained enlightenment, yet have not become a full Buddha. The Sixteen Arhats are traditionally worshipped for they are said to have renounced Nirvana out of compassion to help relieve human suffering on earth.
Their Sanskrit names are: Pindola Bharadvaja, Ajita, Subinda, Kalika, Vajraputra, Bhadra, Kanakavatsa, Kanaka Bhadra, Nakula (or Vakula), Rahula, Chudapanthaka, Angaja,... Click for details
Chinese Jade Ink Stone with Bat
Chinese jade carving of an ink stone, with a shallow well and a bat flying overhead. The light green jade stone has natural inclusions and outer layer of stone.
Dimensions: 2 1/4" x 3"
Antique Japanese Iron Tsuba
Japanese hand-forged iron tsuba, used to protect a swordsman's hand from sliding up the blade during use as well as to provide balance. The openwork motifs depict a man and ox resting below pine trees and a cottage with gold gilt, with a faint signature illegible from wear.
Edo Period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 2 5/8" x 2 3/4"
Unusual Japanese Frog and Insects Container
A whimsical Japanese boxwood carving of a toad, with inlaid eyes, crawling atop a functioning cylindrical box carved of bone. The box is hand-carved with flying insects and leaping frogs in a lily pond, the base carved with a floral band. Signed by the artist.
Dimensions: 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 6 3/4" H
Japanese Amber Frog Okimono
Japanese small amber carving of a frog resting on a leaf. The golden yellow amber has natural inclusions.
Dimensions: 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" x 1" H
Japanese Lacquer Lotus Leaf Tray with Frog
Unusual Japanese fine lacquer lotus leaf, formed with weathering very fine detail. A small frog sits on the leaf's edge with outstretched leg. The underside of the leaf with 3 character artist's signature .
Dimensions: 9" x 8 1/2" x 1 3/4" H
Antique Chinese Arrow Vase
Chinese ceramic arrow form vase, with thick green crackle celadon glaze and wide squared mouth. An arrow vase is a type of vessel used for the game Touhu in which players would throw arrows into the cylinders attached to the sides of the neck.
Dimensions: 3" x 2 1/2" x 5" H
Antique Korean Blue and White Water Dropper
Korean blue and white porcelain water dropper in a squared form. The top surface adorned with cobalt blue underglaze landscape scene of mountains and boats and its sides with cobalt blue geometric motifs. The piece stands on four L shaped feet. With old crazing.