An antique Japanese scroll of a recumbent cat gazing into the foreground amongst the blooming Peony flowers. Hand painted on silk using opaque pigments. Subject was painted in the style reminiscent of the Sung and Ming dynasty images of cats with the unusual exception of its gaze towards the viewer rather than looking up or at the flowers. Both the cat and the Peonies are auspicious symbols in the Japanese culture and often depicted in its art and poetry. It is artist signed.
Framed beneath a slender sapling, a wispy figure kneels at the shrine steps hands together in prayer. Beautifully painted details performed with thick pigments on silk. Darkening Cedar trees naturally frame the calming scene. Condition is excellent and ready to display.
Signed Kuniyama (Kokuzan)
Possibly the work of Higashiyama Kuniyama (elder brother of the famous artist Higashiyama Kai)
A timeless scene especially poignant is this season, quail peck for seeds under the shelter of the low lying saga bamboo yellowing with the onset of cold. Signed Koun, it is performed with pigment on silk and has been completely remounted using antique border cloth and black lacquered wood frame. Painted on beautiful silk, condition is excellent.
A pair of Japanese negoro lacquer temple ritual sake offering containers, rich dark red lacquer over a black lacquer with a graceful body and a wishing ball stopper, Gigoshi, with a spiral design. The pair used for Buddhist purification and fulfillment rituals, and show the patina of respectful use.
Purchased in Japan from a Private Collection Dates 18th/19th Century Size H 14" x W 6"
A Japanese Tanuki garden statue made of Shigaraki pottery. A perfect good luck mascot for any garden or indoor decor. Entirely hand made and created by a Shigaraki artisan. It wears a straw hat to protect its head from the elements and it carries a Japanese ledger book in its left paw. Known in Japan for its good luck abilities, it is often seen standing outside of restaurants and pubs attracting customers and diners to enter the business establishment. Minor loss commensurate with its age.... Click for details
An antique Japanese handwoven Ikebana basket used for flower arranging . Hand woven with a auspicious good luck symbol of a bamboo branch with leaves. Beautiful natural aged patina in excellent condition.
The bamboo motif represents tenacity and perseverance, one of the three felicitous friends of winter with the other two being the Plum Blossom (representing beauty) and the Pine tree (representing Longevity).
Antique historic map showing Commodore Perry first arrival in Japan in 1853 showing survey of " Harbor of Napha" with water depth readings, reef areas and harbor details showing "Junk Harbor", surrounding terrain and structures. The landing site was on Ryukyu Island nowadays called Okinawa, four ships with modern cannons and weapons, one of the ships a steel-hold using coal power. The technology far surpassed the local japanese government which had to largely acquiesce to his dominion. This... Click for details
Antique Japanese Bizen-yaki Beckoning Cat known as a Maneki Neko, with left paw raised for inviting happiness and welcoming friends and family. Incised signature on back dating to the Second Year of Genbun, 1737, also shop name of Yamaichi. Good condition.
Age: Edo Period, circa early 18th century
Size: 10.5"H 4.75"W 5"D