Antique Japanese 2-section choba tansu (merchant's chest) from the Gifu area. Made of hinoki wood with extensive horizontal slats on the sides. The top section has sliding panels with horizontal slat over two small interior drawers. The bottom section has a long drawer over another sliding panel compartment also with horizontal slats. Below this is a series of 4 drawers of various sizes and, on the right, a small safe door covering two small interior drawers. Hardware includes round lock... Click for details
Japanese Pair of Bronze Chicken and Rooster Okimono
Japanese pair of bronze chicken and rooster, finely cast with detailed bodies. The male rooster is posed with head bent down to peck at the ground while the female hen is posed with head faced forward.
Meiji period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 6 1/4" x 2 1/4" x 4 1/2"
Japanese 19th Century Inlaid Horn Vase
Japanese antique Shibayama inlaid horn vase, decorated with lotuses in a pond with flying cranes and song birds in shell inlay and gold maki-e lacquer. Inscribed with three characters and mounted on a wooden stand decorated w maki-e lacquer and carved design of scrolling vines.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 8 5/8" high
Large Toko Shinoda print "Reminiscence"
Large Original Japanese framed print by Toko Shinoda (born 1913), entitled "Reminiscence". Color lithograph with sumi-e ink brushwork in black, light blue and gold ink. Signed in pencil and numbered "ED 30AP 7/10". Floated in frame under UV acrylic.
36 1/2" high x 46 3/4" wide x 2" deep framed. Artwork: 28 3/4" high x 39 1/2" wide
Antique Japanese Inlaid Lacquer Stand
Japanese black lacquered wood stand, with shell inlay courtyard scene of scholars practicing calligraphy on a scroll, bamboo forest and other floral motifs, a butterfly, and a central figure holding an auspicious two character sign. The side panels have openwork carvings and scrolling apron. The feet all connect to a squared stretcher base.
Dimensions: 24" x 15" x 7 3/4" H
Tibetan Bronze Seated Figure of Tara
Tibetan bronze figure of Tara, goddess of compassion. She is seated on a double lotus base with her right foot extended and resting on a smaller lotus. Her left hand holds the stem of an utpala flower (symbolizing longevity) between her thumb and third finger in Vitarka Mudra or teaching gesture. Her right hand is resting palm up on her knee with just thumb and forefinger touching in Varada Mudra, the gesture of boundless giving. On her right side, blooms a lotus. She wears an elaborate... Click for details
Antique Chinese Rock Crystal Brush Washer
Chinese rock crystal scholar's brush washer. Carved into the form of a large heavenly peach with twisting leaves and branches bearing smaller peaches. A small monkey is carved hanging onto the edge of the large peach, in a playful frog like pose. The reticulated carved brush washer rests on two small carved peaches as the feet.
Dimensions: 6" x 4" x 2" Height
Japanese Bronze Vase with Three Koi, by Shihou
Antique Japanese globular bronze vase. Very simple with 3 raised koi fish swimming together and cresting the surface of the vase as if it were water. The raised details of their eyes are highlighted with gold inlay. Signed Shihou and dated July 18, 1926.
Dimensions: 9 1/2" high x 12" wide diameter
Pair of Amber Pate De Verre Fu Dogs
Pair of pate de verre figures of fu dog temple guardians. Made of rich red amber colored pate de verre "glass paste".
Originally produced by Daum studio in Nancy, France. Each figure signed "Daum France".
Provenance: from a prominent bay area peninsula estate.
Dimensions: 3 1/2" x 2" x 4 1/4" H
Japanese Skull Mokugyo Buddhist Temple Bell
A Japanese Mokugyo wooden temple bell, carved from kusunoki (camphor) wood in the form of a lifelike human skull. Used to accompany chants (sutras) in Taoist and Buddhist ceremonies. The base of the skull is signed "Bononshi", with matching tomobako.