Antique Japanese Kimono Tansu Keyaki Lacquer Late Meiji-Early Taisho
An antique Japanese Kimono Tansu made of Keyaki (Zelkova) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. Original Urushi lacquer finish and hand made iron hardware. Hinged door hides 2 drawers. Hidden recessed side handles, Warabite drawer handles and lock plates designed with a repeating stylized cloud and rain pattern complete this chest.
The writing on the back of this tansu roughy translates to: A gift from Otsuki Fukuju from Numabe Village, Shibata-gun, Showa 18, giving as a gift by matchmaker... Click for details
Large Chinese Ming Dynasty Bronze In-censor with Fu-dog
A large Chinese cast bronze temple in-censor. Sitting atop with turned head an open mouth, sits a fu-dog (Chinese Imperial guardian lions). Well modeled details with high level of craftsmanship. Overall wonderful condition.
Unusual large size indicates this in-censor would have been for a temple.
The fu-dogs were thought to protect the building from harmful spiritual influences and harmful people that might be a threat.
Stunning original patina with shades of greens, bronze... Click for details
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Chinese Jade Covered Container on Stand
Beautiful Chinese green jade covered container with tao tie design on wooden stand, with censor shaped form.
9" High x 6" wide x 3" deep
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Yamabushi Scroll Painting by Seki RyÐ¾Ì„setsu, Edo Period
Japanese Edo Period scroll painting of a yamabushi, a mountain ascetic hermit or holy man. Often believed to be endowed with supernatural powers, the yamabusi follow the Shugendo doctrine, a religion that places heavy emphasis on feats of endurance. Throughout history, they have participated in battles along side samurai. In this painting, the warrior/sage is leaning on a walking stick. He is dressed only in leaves and animal skins. A hyotan gourd tokkuri flask hangs from a chord slung... Click for details
Antique Japanese Rare Cha Tansu (Tea Chest) Kuwanoki Meiji-Taisho
A rare antique Japanese Cha Tansu (tea chest) made of Kuwanoki (Mulberry) and Kirinoki (Paulownia) woods. The tansu was made using solid Kuwanoki burl wood in front and solid Kuwanoki wood on the case and back. The sliding doors open to a spacious storage area while the lift-out door opens to a split shelf area for book storage. Two drawers feature lock plates in the form of stylized Cherry Blossoms.
There are secret locking tabs that lock the left and right drawer of the set of three... Click for details
Antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (Stacked Chest on Chest) Kirinoki Meiji
An antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacked chest on chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. Constructed using straight dovetail joinery and hardened wood nails. Alll original hand made iron hardware. Sho Chiku Bai (Pine, Bamboo, Plum) motif on the handle backplates. Interior of drawers feature side handles for ease of carrying. Upper section has lift-up side handles and bottom section has swivel side handles both designed to let a bamboo or wood pole through the handles allowing two... Click for details
Antique Japanese Kyodai Kesho Bako (Mirror & Make-up Box) Kuri Meiji
An antique Japanese Kyodai Kesho Bako (mirror & make-up box) made of Kurinoki (Chestnut) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. All original bronze hardware and Urushi lacquer finish. Four drawers and a hinged cover that hides a mirror stand and a bronze hand mirror. The cover flips open to reveal a holding base to which the mirror stand is held in place. A brocade cover protects the bronze mirror which is decorated with the family Mon (crest) and a landscape scene with a large Wisteria tree as... Click for details
Antique Japanese Ko Tansu (Personal Storage Chest) Lacquer Sugi Meiji
An antique Japanese Ko Tansu (personal storage chest) made entirely of Suginoki (Cryptomeria) wood. Original wiped Urushi lacquer technique finish with original hand made iron hardware including Gumbai handles. Constructed using straight dovetail joinery with hardened wood nails.
Contemporary uses for this chest include making a lovely side table or a useful and functional bedside stand and cabinet.
Edo Period Japanese Boxwood Kaeru "frog" Signed: Notada Tsunetada
Finely hand carved boxwood frog with baby okimono. A pair of frogs one larger sitting comfortable on the wooden (carved) country candle. A small baby frogs is seen dropping its head and touching its nose to the ground.
Frogs are seen to be lucky creatures that are link to things or people that return back to their original origin.
Often the frog was described as a symbol of Spring or Summer.
Original finish with warm natural glow consistent with age.
Overall excellent... Click for details
Japanese 2-panel Screen Painting of a Smoking Figure, Edo Period
Antique Japanese screen painting of a beautiful woman or man, possibly a taikomochi or male geisha smoking a long pipe, leaning on a padded lacquered stand and wearing elegant flowing robes patterned with flowers. In the background stands a ink painting of a mountain landscape. The right hand panel is painted with a standing kimono rack, lacquered black with gold butterflies. Hanging from the rack are two exquisitely embroidered kimonos in the manner of the classic "who's sleeves?" subject... Click for details