Unusual Japanese 2-panel calligraphy screen with highly stylized brushstrokes, bordered with silver leaf and silk. The left character reads "Gi" (or Righteousness); On the right reads "Dao" (the path or way). The inscriptions appear to mean "Righteousness must always be pursued".
Signature of a monk or a priest in his late 70s named Kakuan, appearing to date Spring 1851 with a description of the studio in which the painting was made. It is also written that Kakuan was overcome by... Click for details
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Japanese Antique Gilt Copper Temple Lantern
Antique Japanese Buddhist Temple lantern made of gilt copper with a wooden interior armature and iron handle. This six sided lantern is decorated all over with ornate pierced karakusa, scrolling arabesque filigree. Both top and bottom of the lantern have six trapezoidal friezes, each with a three dimensional medallion in it's center depicting alternating crests of blossoms and Buddhist symbols. The interior is lined with it's original paper.
Antique Korean blue and white porcelain square water dropper, raised on 4 short L-shaped feet with artist's signature in cobalt blue on the base. Design of flowers on the top surface in cobalt blue underglaze.
Dates from the 19th century
Dimensions: 3.25" L x 2.5" D x 1.75" H
Japanese Tall Ikebana Basket
Japanese antique tall ikebana basket, made of split bamboo. This basket has an elongated square body separated into two different treatments. The upper portion of the basket is woven in a diagonal criss cross pattern while the bottom is woven with straight vertical pieces. The handle is made of twisted wisteria branch sections. The front of the basket is also decorated with a branch of gnarled wisteria.
Antique Japanese ikebana (flower arranging) basket, very finely hand-woven with thin strips of bamboo. Its form is narrow towards the mouth of the basket and flutes slightly towards the squared base, with four knot-woven feet, and the frame of the basket is reinforced with thicker bamboo sections, secured with tight coils. The handle is formed by natural Wisteria burl root. With hand inscribed signature on the base.
Dimensions : 9" x 7" x 19.75" H
Large Pair of Carved Transom with Squirrel and Grape Motifs
A very large pair of hardwood transom / temple architectural elements, elaborately carved with charming motifs of squirrels eating from grape vines. The carvings are deeply recessed with raised outside edges of a scrolling form. Realistic grape vines and leaves continue along the underside of each transom. Very heavy. (pictured with a tansu for scale. not included)
Early 19th Century
Dimensions : 75" L x 7" D x 19" H
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Antique Japanese 2-Section 3ft Mizuya
Antique Japanese 2-section, 3ft. Mizuya made with Hinoki (cedar) and Sugi (cypress) hardwoods, accented by gorgeous Keyaki (elm) burl wood front panels in a lovely contrast to the frame. Both the upper and lower section house a large central compartment with shelving for the storage of kitchen articles, with 2 and 3 burl front drawers beneath respectively.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 35.5" L x 16.5" D x 62.5" H
Antique Japanese Single Section Mizuya
Antique Japanese half section 6ft mizuya, with bold, natural burl front panels. The left side holds a large shelved interior behind a pair of sliding doors, with vertical slats. The right side holds a smaller shelved area behind a pair of sliding doors with mesh and panels carved with foliate motifs. Either drawers with ring (kan) pulls line the bottom of the chest. Beautiful original finish.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 71.75" L x 19" D x 34.75" H
Japanese Meiji Period Hinoki Wood Single Section Mizuya
Japanese single section mizuya (kitchen tansu). The front of this piece is made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood with lovely smooth grain. The top and side of the chest are made of sugi (cryptomeria) wood panels. The sides have hinoki wood supports beams. On the left hand side are a pair of large sliding panels with vertical slats and copper hardware. The right side has a compartment opened by smaller sliding panel with cut out motifs and wire mesh. The interior of the right hand... Click for details
Antique Japanese Two Section Kiri Tansu
Antique Japanese two section isho tansu, or clothing chest. Made with Kiri (paulownia) wood in its original, natural finish. The chest is accented by black iron hardware, including round locks to each drawer and unusual pulls.