Antique Japanese Scroll of Two Quails amidst chrysanthemum flowers, painted with a delicate painterly touch. Signed and sealed by Tosa Mitsuoki (光起) (1617-1691). In 1654, Mitsuoki won back the position of edokoro-azukari for the family, which enabled him to revive the school.Mitsuoki rejuvenated the traditional Tosa style by introducing elements from Chinese painting. He is particularly noted for his elegant paintings of quail, as for example, the Chrysanthemum and Quail screens which he... Click for details
Japanese pair of shrine figures depicting two Lucky Gods, Ebisu and Daikoku. On the left is Ebisu, a popular god of business prosperity and abundant crops as well as the patron of fishermen. Carved from wood, he stands with a fish under one arm and a smile on his face. On the right is Daikoku, who represents prosperity and is the protector of crops. He is the patron of cooks, farmers and bankers. Carved from wood, he stands on bales of grain with a big bag slung over his shoulder. Ebisu... Click for details
Antique Japanese biwa, a plucked string lute instrument. Made of hardwood with kiri (paulownia) wood front, inlaid with bone and bamboo details. The four strings (missing) are struck with a wooden plectrum. This instrument is often used in narrative story telling. The biwa is the chosen instrument of Benten, the goddess of music, eloquence, poetry and education.
Antique Japanese scroll painting of a mountain scene. A pagoda rises in the distance, behind it, a misty mountain range. In the foreground a small figure crosses a bridge. Signed by Kano Tsunenobu (1636-1713). Sumi ink on silk. Provenance Collection of Vlasheslav Batov, Illinois
Age: Edo Period (circa late 1600's to early 1700's)
Dimensions: Total: 51 1/4" high x 29 3/4" wide (32 1/2" wide including rollers). Size of art: 15 3/4" high x 25 1/2" wide.
Antique Japanese scroll painting of a noble courtier on horseback. He wears a green robe with swirling gold details and his horse is adorned in red tassels. His younger attendant hurries behind on foot. Both figures hold their long sleeves over their heads as they make their way through the snow. A tree in the background is partially obscured by a low mist. Painted in sumi ink and mineral colors on silk. Signed: Kiyohara shi onna Harunobu hitsu. Seal: Harunobu, Provenance Indianapolis... Click for details
Vintage Japanese porcelain on metal printed advertising sign. Round form and double sided, this sign advertises Fukusuke brand tabi shoes. The company, Fukusuke Tabi (now called Fukusuke Corp) was established in 1882 in Osaka and quickly grew to include other textiles.
Antique Japanese Bronze Dragon and Phoenix Pedestal Stand, beautifully modeled and unusual with dragon encircling diameter of the neck with the phoenix above him. key lappet border at base. Good overall condition.
Some wear to finish on top.
Size: 31"H x 10.75" Diameter at top and 12.5" Diameter at base.
Vintage Japanese pair of heavenly apsaras also called Hiten or Kuyo Bosatsu. Outfitted with rings and chains to hang from above, these naturalistic celestial beings appear to float. Each one holds a musical instrument. Early Mid Century material with faux bronze finish. From a Palm Springs Estate.
Antique Japanese rectangular bronze censor with four legs. The lid has a pierced floral motif and a fu-dog finial. The body of the censor has dragons for handles and is encircled with a scrolling key fret motif. The front has a highly raised makara-like elephant-headed water serpent while the back has a raised peacock. The bottom has a six character mark.
Antique Japanese cast iron tetsubin (kettle for heating water for tea) with raised design of birds and blossoming irises. On one side, a pair of birds fly and a lantern rests on the ground. On the other side, a bird flies over a stand of irises. The body of the tetsubin has a lobed form and areas that alternate with the design are cast with a fine pattern. The lid is made of bronze and signed. Provenance Collection of George Auclair, Colorado