Antique Japanese Scroll Recumbent Cat Amongst the Peonies Artist Sign
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)
Taisho Period (1912 - 1926)
Quail in Autumn Reeds
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.
Taisho to early Showa Period.
51" High x 64 1/2" Wide
Antique Japanese Negoro Lacquer Temple Vases
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"
Antique Japanese Gyosho Tansu (Peddler's Chests) Kirinoki Edo Era Rare
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Originally used in the captain's quarters of a merchant boat or ship where vessel's valuables and important documents were stored. Should the boat ever be under a attack by... Click for details
Antique Tanuki Statue Shigaraki Pottery Japanese Good Luck Badger Dog
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