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 EH60012: Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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EH60012
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a fine smaller bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond”, the Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain.

This lost wax casting of a drum is ornamented with 8 frogs with bulging eyes placed in stacks of two at four equidistant points near the edge of the tympanum, the center of which is decorated with a 16 pointed relief “star-of-foam”, having 16 butterfly impressions in the crooks of the star, encircled  by 16 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, which are bordered by raised ripple ridges alternating between triple and double ridges all concentric to the center, these bands starting from the center can be identified as a chain of grain (bands 1, 5,8,11,14) double chains of grain (bands 2,6,9,12,15), ducks (bands 3,9,13), owls (band 4), a complex band of “fish filled birds” in sets of four alternating with 4 quarter sectioned lozenges all interspersed by twos with large rosettes (band 10), the final band without decoration having a braided ridge edge. The sides of the drum are similarly decorated with a mix of triple and double ridges in 3 zones with die cast bands of radial rays, chains of grain, double chains of grain and vegetation, side double strap handles on opposing sides, used to suspend the drum when struck, two unadorned relief “seams” equidistant from the handles. Under one handle a procession near the base of two elephants the first larger then the second.

Dark Variegated verdigris greenish bronze patina, pin holes on the body two repaired areas on the body where the casting was thin, minor surface scratches and discoloration to the sides consistent with age and use, overall fine condition. 
Measuring: 15-1/4 inches high x 21-7/8 inches in diameter.  
Weight: 29.5 lbs.
Mid 19th. Century.
$4600.
 
Ex Collection:
Michel Renard, Malta (purchased in Vientiane, Laos 1961).

Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August 29, 1979.
$4600.00
 
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 TA04188: Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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TA04188
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a fine bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond”, the Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain.

This lost wax casting of a drum is ornamented with 8 frogs stacked in twos and placed at four equidistant points on the outer edge of the tympanum, the center of which is decorated with a 12 pointed high relief “star-of-foam”, having 12 die cast butterfly impressions in the crooks of the star, the star points touch the first set of triple ridges which alternate irregularly with double ridges resembling ripples that delineate concentrically the 20 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, starting from the center the designs can be identified as radial rays (bands 1,10,15,18), tiny raindrops (bands 2,3,16,17), continuous lozenge pattern (bands 4,8,14),  a complex pattern of three “fish filled birds”, alternating with three quarter sectioned lozenges having three circular appendages (bands 5,6,11,12), ducks (bands 7,13), thunder pattern (band 9), trellis pattern (band 19) and the outer band (band 20) mostly undecorated having 12 rosettes total ending with a raised braided edge. The sides of the drum are similarly decorated with triple and double ridges in 3 zones with die cast bands in between of chain of grain, radial rays, raindrops, trellis pattern, and vegetation, side double strap handles on opposing sides, used to suspend the drum when struck, two unadorned relief “seams” equidistant from the handles. 

The possibility exists that the original casting of this drum was meant to have stacks of three frogs around the tympanum, now only stacks of two exist. A variegated verdigris light greenish patina due to the probable high copper content of the material along with lime encrustations on the tympanum, one large hole with cracks  on the body under one of the handles, otherwise the overall surface patina is consistent with age and use,  fine condition with some losses. Note: It was customary for the Karen to bury pieces of a drum with the dead, for the drums were also used in funerary rites and it was believed that having a piece of bronze with the dead would protect the afterlife of the deceased. This drum may have had the missing frogs removed during just such a ritual.

Measuring: 18-1/8 inches high x 24-1/8 inches in diameter.  
Weight: 40.5 lbs.
Late 19th. Century.
$6000. 

Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August 29, 1979.
$6000.00
 
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 UH80001: Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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UH80001
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond”, the Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain.

This lost wax casting of a drum is ornamented with 8 frogs stacked in twos and placed at four equidistant points on the outer edge of the tympanum, the center of which is decorated with a 12 pointed relief “star-of-foam”, the star points touch the first set of triple ridges resembling ripples that delineate concentrically the 15 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, starting from the center the designs can be identified as radial rays (bands 1,8,12), tiny raindrops (bands 2,6,7,13), trellis pattern (bands 3,14),  a complex pattern of three “fish filled birds”, alternating with three quarter sectioned lozenges (bands 4,9,10), ducks (bands 5,11), and the outer band (band 15) undecorated ending with a raised ridge and a braided edge. The sides of the drum are similarly decorated with sets of triple ridges in 3 zones with 18 die cast bands in between of radial rays, raindrops, trellis pattern, vegetation and waves, side double strap handles on opposing sides, used to suspend the drum when struck, two unadorned relief “seams” equidistant from the handles. Under one handle a braided stalk having a three dimensional procession, of two  elephants followed by three snails.  

The possibility exists that the original casting of this drum was meant to have stacks of three frogs around the tympanum, now only stacks of two exist, in addition it appears that three elephants were intended as well as three snails. Dark variegated verdigris greenish patina. One crack to the edge of tympanum, two frogs without heads, on the body pin holes and thin casting areas, some fortified and 4 cracks emanating from the base, one with some bronze loss, otherwise the overall surface patina is consistent with age and use,  good condition with some losses. Note: It was customary for the Karen to bury pieces of a drum with the dead, for the drums were also used in funerary rites and it was believed that having a piece of bronze with the dead would protect the afterlife of the deceased. This drum may have been consistently modified for balancing out the proportions  in having experienced just such a loss.
Measuring: 17-3/4 inches high x 22-1/8 inches in diameter.  
Weight: 29.5 lbs.
Late 19th. Century.
$4900. 

Ex Collection:
Mike Magerowski, Laurel, MD by descent from John Magerowski, Worcester, MA (purchased in Vientiane, Laos in the years between 1966 and 1970 while in service to the U.S. Department of State)

Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August 29, 1979.
$4900.00
 
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 UH80057: Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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UH80057
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a small and early bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond”, the Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain.

This lost wax casting of a drum is ornamented with 4 frogs placed at four equidistant points on the tympanum, the center of which is decorated with an 8 pointed relief “star-of-foam”, having 8 butterfly impressions in the crooks of the star and and 25 double circles around the star, surrounded by 14 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, which are bordered by raised ridges alternating in patterns of single ridges and double ridges all concentric to the center, these pond ripples starting from the center can be identified as radial rays (bands 1, 6, 8 and 13), chains of grain (band 2), 35 ducks (band 3), 25 owls (band 4), double chains of grain (bands 5, 9 and 12), mixed bird, fish and rosettes (bands 7, 10 and 11), the final band without decoration having a braided ridge edge. The sides of the drum are similarly decorated with alternating single and double ridges in 3 zones with die cast bands of radial rays, double chains of grain and waves, side double strap handles on opposing sides, used to suspend the drum when struck, two unadorned relief “seams” equidistant from the handles.

Variegated verdigris greenish patina. Coarse casting of the tympanum resembling grit, of which there are some small pin holes on one small section of the outer edge, three repaired areas on the body midsection where the casting was thin, minor surface scratches and discoloration to the sides consistent with age and use, otherwise fine condition. 
Measuring: 12-3/4 inches high x 17-1/4 inches in diameter.  
Weight: 16.5 lbs.
Early 19th. Century.
$3600. 

Ex Collection:
A Massachusetts Private Collection

Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August 29, 1979.

$3600.00
 
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 UH80061: Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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UH80061  
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a small bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond” (Cooler - Terrestrial sequence IV, category A). The Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain. 

This lost wax casting of a drum in bronze is ornamented with 4 frogs cast at four equidistant points on the tympanum, the center of which is decorated with an 8 pointed relief “star-of-foam”, having 8 butterfly impressions in the crooks of the star, surrounded by 15 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, which are bordered by raised ridges alternating in patterns of single, double and triple ridges, all concentric to the center, these pond ripples starting from the center can be identified as waves (band 1), chain of grain (bands 2, 4, 12), radial rays (bands 3, 8, 13), floating ducks (band 5), two eyed owls (band 6), double chains of grain (bands 7, 9), 2 peaked wing birds, 2 skeletal fish each with a rosette in between (bands 10 and 11), lozenges (band 14), the final band (15) without decoration having a braided plait edge. The broad frogs in relief have bulging eyes and a ridge back with pointed beaks and they straddle the ridges of bands 12 and 15. The sides of the drum are also decorated with multiple ridges in 3 zones dividing die cast bands of lozenges, radial rays, chains of grain, double chains of grain, waves and feathers. The side double strap handles on opposing sides attached with rows of decorative plaiting and additional circular decoration on the spine of each strap. The handles used to suspend the drum when struck. There are 2 mock relief “seams” equidistant from the handles.

Dark bronze patina, with verdigris highlights in the decoration. The tympanum having an edge “chip”, two repaired areas on the body midsection and near the base where the casting was thin, evidence of interior tuning, minor surface wear consistent with age and use, otherwise fine condition. 
Measuring: 14 inches high x 18-5/8 inches in diameter.  
Weight: 20 lbs.
18th. Century.
$3800. 

Ex Collection:
Private Collection, San Diego.

Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August 29, 1979.

$3800.00
 
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 UH80072: Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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UH80072
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a fine large bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond”(Cooler - Developmental Stage VII, Aerial Sequence, Category C three frogs, p.276)*, the Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain.

This lost wax casting of a drum is ornamented with 12 frogs stacked in threes located at four equidistant points on the outer edge of the tympanum wherein the bottom frogs straddle the two outer bands. The center of the tympanum is decorated with a crisp 12 pointed relief “star-of-foam”, the star points touch the first set of triple ridges resembling ripples that delineate concentrically the 16 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, starting from the center the designs can be identified as tiny raindrops (bands 1,2,7,9,13,14) radial rays (bands 3,6), chain of grain (bands 4, 10), flying birds in flocks of three alternating with sets of three rhomboid lozenges (bands 5,11,12), skyward looking ducks (band 8),  trellis (band 15) and the outer band undecorated (band 16) ending with one raised ridge and a braided edge. The sides of the drum are similarly decorated with sets of triple ridges in 3 zones with 17 die cast bands in between of radial rays, raindrops, chain of grain and vegetal stalks, side double strap handles on opposing sides, used to suspend the drum when struck, four relief “seams” equidistant from the placement of the frogs. Under one handle along the seam is three dimensional  procession lead down the side of the drum by a large elephant followed by two smaller elephants, followed by three snails. 
Variegated verdigris greenish bronze patina.

Condition: Fine casting overall  with light die cast detail, evidence of interior “tuning”, the body is thin and there is evidence of later fine restorations to possible tears or holes, most of which are under the opposing handle from thehandle with the  procession underneath it, otherwise the overall surface patina is consistent with age and use,  fine condition. 
Measuring: 19-1/2 inches high x 25 inches in diameter.  
Weight: 38.5 lbs.
Late 19th. Century.
$6900.

Provenance:
Private collection, New Jersey.

"The Magic Pond"
Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August 29, 1979.
$6900.00
 
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 UH80171: Bronze Frog Drum

Burmese Karen Frog Drum


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UH80171
Burmese Karen Frog Drum, a fine large bronze tribute drum (Heger Type III), Pazi  (Burmese), pam klo’ (Karen) also known as “The Magical Bronze Pond”(Cooler - Developmental Stage VII, Aerial Sequence, Category C three frogs, p.276)*, the Karen subsiding on slash and burn agriculture were rain dependent, and “rain drums” were beaten to bring on the rains for frogs croak prior to rain and the low frequency drum sounds excite the frogs to croak as well, and thus it was believed that the beating of the drum was a call for rain. This lost wax casting of a drum is ornamented with 12 frogs stacked in threes located at four equidistant points on the outer edge of the tympanum in a counter clockwise direction whereas the bottom frogs straddle the two outer bands. The center of the tympanum is decorated with a crisp 12 pointed relief “star-of-foam”, the star points overlap a ring of rosettes and touch the first set of triple ridges that alternate outward with double ridges, resembling ripples that delineate concentrically the 17 die cast decorated bands in a variety of motifs, starting from the center, the designs can be identified as tiny raindrops (bands 1,3,7,9,15) radial rays (bands 2, 8, 14), continuous lozenge pattern (bands 4, 10, 16), skyward looking ducks (bands 5, 13), flying birds in flocks of three alternating with sets of three rhomboid lozenges (bands 6, 12), a ring of rosettes (band 11) and the outer band undecorated with the exception of a group of three rosettes between each set of frogs (band 17) ending with one raised ridge and a braided edge. The sides of the drum are similarly decorated with sets of triple ridges alternating with double ridges in 3 zones with 19 die cast bands in between of radial rays, raindrops, continuous lozenge pattern and skyward looking ducks, side double strap braided handles on opposing sides, used to suspend the drum when struck, four relief “seams” equidistant from the placement of the frogs. Under one handle along the seam is a three dimensional  procession lead down the side of the drum on a vegetal stalk with curled fronds by a large elephant followed by two smaller elephants, followed by three snail curls decreasing in size headed in the opposite direction.

Verdigris greenish bronze patina indicating a high copper content. Evidence of residue relief bosses from the casting rods. Fine casting overall  with a slightly pitted tympanum surface and light die cast detail, evidence of interior “tuning”, the medium weight body has one pin hole and a minor small one inch tear near one of the seams, no evidence of restorations, otherwise the overall surface patina is even and consistent with age and use, overall fine condition. 
Measuring: 20 inches high x 25 inches in diameter.  (51cm x 63.5cm)
Weight: 45 lbs.
Late 19th Century.
$6400.

"The Magic Pond"
A Karen Poem:
Rains come when frogs croak
Birds come when rains come
Fish rise when birds come
Floods come when fish rise
Elephants draw when floods come
Timber comes when elephants draw
The land prospers when timber comes.*

*Dr. Richard Morrall Cooler, The Karen Bronze Drums of Burma: The Magic Pond, A Thesis presented to the faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University in partial fulfillment for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, August
29, 1979.
$6400.00
 
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CA90007: Silver Ewer Vase by Seiho

Silver Ewer Vase by Seiho


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CA90007
Japanese hammered silver vase by Seiho, a handled ewer form with round capsule body with a pronounced mid-body ridge, tapering stove pipe neck on centre with the mouth terminating at an angle in line with the tubular arced handle, hammered texture and slightly concave base with two stamped silver marks The large one matching the seal of the artist on the box, the other smaller mark is composed of two characters. The custom made kiri wood storage box with the exterior lid having a few characters and the interior of the lid signed “Seiho” with seal.
Minor surface scratches and signs of wear otherwise fine condition.
Measuring: 6-1/4 in. high x 4-1/2 in. in diameter.
20th century.
$950.

$950.00
 
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CA90008: Rimpa Flora 6-Panel Screen

Rimpa Flora Screen


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CA90008
Antique Japanese Rimpa Style 6-panel screen, featuring spring and autumn foliage on the banks of a meandering stream with a clump of red and white blossoming chrysanthemum extending over a small group or eroded rocks bordered by further flowering autumn plants and bush clover arching over towards blossoming vines and susuki, executed in deft washes of ink and colour accents on paper, signed Hokkyo Takushu hitsu, with one red circular seal reading ‘Chuyo’ (?). 19th century. Brocade surround,
Minor discoloration of paper, minor stains, small restorations, otherwise fine condition.
Overall measuring: 60-1/2 in. high x 124-1/2 in. wide.
$9800.

Provenance:
with  Buterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco, Oriental Works of Art March 15 & 16, 1989, lot#1463, from Marbro Lamp Company, Inc., Los Angeles.
Private Collection, San Diego.

$9800.00
 
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CA90009: 13 German Tobacco Pipes

A Collection of 13 Traditional German Porcelain Tobacco Pipes and a Painting


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CA90009
A Collection of 13 Traditional German Porcelain Tobacco Pipes and a Painting. A compositional long stem pipe having a porcelain bowl called the abguss, a tobacco bowl  oblong in shape and open at the top, capped by a hinged metal lid, narrowing down to a a small tube at the base. This bowl connects with a “U” shaped component either of horn, antler or porcelain then the long stem either carved or turned in wood, horn, antler or celluloid, each segment screwing into one another for easy break down into smaller components, at the stag antler round disk near the top is the buffalo horn mouthpiece attached by a flexible tube cording. Each pipe uniquely composed of different elements. Two of the pipes in this collection are “Reservistenpfeife” an officer’s regimental pipe listing the leader and infantry names. These two pipes list the dates of the regiment, as well. The  Schmatula pipe is dated 1896-98 and the Leining pipe dated 1912-14. Several pipe bowls are decorated with game in multi-coloured transfers or enamels. All pipes are complete and are in excellent condition.
They range in age from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.
The length of each pipe ranges from 5 in. to 38 in.
The largest porcelain abguss is 6 in. x 1-1/2 in. in diameter.
The oil painting of a bearded man smoking a pipe in traditional German hunters costume is on a slice of wood and measures 14-3/4 in. x 6 in. x 1/2 in.
Total wieght: 10 lbs.
$1400. (14 pieces)

Provenance: 
Private Collection, La Jolla, Ca.
$1400.00
 
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CC1002: Mitsuore Katsuragae Wig Doll

Japanese Mitsuore Katsuragae Doll by Namikawa,


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CC1002
Japanese Mitsuore Katsuragae Doll by Namikawa, rare doll form, with joints at hips, knees, and ankles allowing the doll to positioned in  a kneeling, sitting or standing position, complete with a set of six interchangeable wigs with  5 stands, each wig in elaborate coiffure with hair ornaments, doll itself of wood covered in a fine gofun, features finely carved and painted with inset glass eyes in half moon shape, painted lashes, slightly parted lips, defined teeth wearing a beautiful hand painted purple silk crepe kimono with a pattern of blossoms, bound with a fawn-spot tie-dyed red and white silk obi. Namikawa was an important Meiji Period doll maker known for his wigs and ke-ui-saku technique “fine hair planting” on animal dolls. Original box.
Doll: 18 in. high.
Excellent condition.
Meiji Period, circa 1900.
$8750.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.

Published: 
Collecting Japanese Antiques, Alistair Seton, p.281, fig. 497.
Ningyo, The Art of the Japanese Doll, Alan Pate, p.217.  
Japanese Dolls, the Fascinating World of Ningo, Alan Pate, p. 248, fig.385.

$8750.00
 
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CC1010: Jirozaemon-bina

Antique Japanese Doll Pair of Jirozaemon-bina


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CC1010
Antique Japanese doll pair of Jirozaemon-bina, very rare and unusual Girl’s day display doll rendition of the Imperial Couple in the style of Okada Jirozaemon, a mid-18th century Kyoto doll maker, unusually round heads with painted features done in the hikime kagihana (”line eyes, hook nose”) style with small painted mouths, clothed in silk brocade textiles. The female in a kokin-bina style junihitoe gown with phoenix embroidered sleeves, the  hand painted train at the back partially remains, holding a painted folding fan at her waist, wearing a beaded wire crown. The male in a simple black ho (probable replacement), holds a wooden scepter in his right hand, a sword at his left hip, and an eboshi cap on his head. Original wooden bases covered in checked paper with striped silk front cloths. 
Condition: Minor losses, repair to male’s right hand, overall fine condition.
Figure: 10 in. high (overall 13 in. high.)
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$6200.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.

Published:
Collecting Japanese Antiques, Alistair Seton, p.269, fig. 479.
$6200.00
 
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CC1013: Isho Gosho Ningyo

Japanese Isho Gosho-ningyo


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CC1013
Japanese Isho Gosho-ningyo, a standing palace male child figure carved of wood and covered in multiple layers of burnished and polished gofun, with painted features and black cut velvet fabric inset for the hair, fabric covered bendable wire arms (for costume changing), dressed in three layers of silk kimono, orange, white and  resist dyed chirimen with abstract pattern.
Condition: Signs of wear, minor hairline cracks vertically above the left eye and evidence of restorations, otherwise fine condition.
5-1/8" high.
Edo period, circa 1800.
$3750.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.
$3750.00
 
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CC1029: Karakuri Gosho Ningyo

Japanese Karakuri Gosho Ningyo (mechanical palace doll)


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CC1029
Japanese Karakuri Gosho Ningyo (mechanical palace doll) of a seated boy costumed as a new year’s performer with lion mask on top of his head and a rattle in each hand which raises and lowers alternately with a twist of a knob at the back, wearing a brocade bib and embroidered red silk crepe vest, all constructed of papier-mâché covered in gofun with painted features and inset hair.
Condition: Minor signs of wear otherwise fine condition.
7-1/2” high.
Circa 1820.
$5600.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.
$5600.00
 
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CC1031: Takeda Ningyo Shishimae Dancer

Antique Japanese Takeda Ningyo Shishimae Dancer


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CC1031
Antique Japanese Takeda Ningyo, an early type depicting a Shishimae dancer dressed in kinran brocade kimono sleeves thrown back to reveal chirimen silk crepe undercoat with gold-wrapped thread embroidered flower design on sleeves, poised in an animated wide stance performing a traditional lion mask dance with the lion mask having a hinged jaw in his right hand, the boyish figure’s head carved of wood covered in gofun with small fine painted features, standing on a black lacquered box base with painted inset front panel.
Minor signs of age slightly faded costume, otherwise fine condition.
Figure measures 8-3/4 in. high (overall 10-1/2 in. high including stand.).
Edo Period, circa 1780.
$3400.


Provenance:

Ex Carabet Collection, California.

$3400.00
 
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CC1036: Takeda Ningyo Kabuki Actor

Antique Japanese Takeda Ningyo Kabuki Actor


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CC1036
Japanese Takeda ningyo of a Kabuki actor in the role of a dynamic Samurai with one sword at his hip. a bow in his left hand and arrows at his back, a frowning expressive face in Kabuki style, his right sleeve embroidered in gold wrapped and couched thread depicting the tied marriage rocks at Futami in Ise, all situated on a traditional Takeda base having an embroidered inset panel.
Minor signs of wear and age, otherwise fine condition.
16 in. high with base.
Edo period, circa 1800.

$2600.

Provenance:

Ex Carabet Collection, California.

$2600.00
 
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CC1037: Karako Ningyo

Japanese Karako Ningyo, Edo period.


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CC1037
Japanese Karako Ningyo, an amusing figural representation of a young Chinese entertainer beating a handheld drum, in a seated posture with legs extended forward, the head and hands covered in gofun with painted features depicting an amused expression with narrow eyes and the inset hair tied into two knots in the front covered in cloth in a Chinese boy hair style, costumed in sumptuous kinran brocades and chirimen trousers also in Chinese style.
Minor signs of wear and fading otherwise fine condition.
11 inches high.
Edo period, circa 1800.
$9500.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.

Published: Japanese Dolls, The Fascinating World of Ningo, Allan Pate, p. 137, fig.192.
$9500.00
 
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CC1049: Takeda Ningyo Urashima Taro and Otohime

Antique Japanese Takeda Ningyo Urashima Taro and Otohime


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CC1049
Japanese Takeda Ningyo depicting two actors from the tale of Urashima Taro and Otohime with sumptuous brocade costumes and exaggerated positions, sharing a stage box base with inset embroidered panel. The fisherman, Urashima Taro holds the gifted box containing time and a fishing pole in the other hand, on his back a fishing basket and at his feet the longevity tortoise. The Undersea Dragon Princess, Otohime costumed in Chinese style with ruffled chirimin silk details, holds a Chinese style fan. The heads carved of wood covered in gofun with painted features and attached hair (replaced).
Minor signs of wear otherwise fine condition.
12 in. high x 18 in. wide  x 6 in. deep.
Edo period, Circa 1800. 
$3750.


Provenance:

Ex Carabet Collection, California.

$3750.00
 
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CC1075: Mitate Noh Gosho Ningyo

Japanese set of Mitate Noh Gosho Ningyo


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CC1075
Japanese set of Mitate Noh Gosho Ningyo, a noh performance parody set of three standing young male figures costumed similarly in embroidered chirimen bibs and robes, one having a Chinese style cap with sword in hand, another with red long haired wig and the last in lacquered cap holding a Chinese style fan, all as an amusement for the nobility of feudal Japan, each figure carved of wood, sexed and covered in layers of burnished gofun with painted features, all supported on a black lacquered stand.
Condition: The ningyo holding the fan has a crack running across the breadth of the face, others with minor cracks and signs of age otherwise fine.
Each figure measures: 5 in. high, overall 7-3/4 in. H x 12 in. W x 6-1/4 in. D.
Edo period, circa 1800.
$8500.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.
$8500.00
 
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CC1080: Jimmu Tenno doll

Japanese Musha Ningyo of Jimmu Tenno


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CC1080
Japanese Musha Ningyo of Jimmu Tenno for the Boy’s Day display, by Maruhei, depicted standing with unusual heavy metal armor and helmet, demon face with glass eyes as a belt buckle, elaborate sword, jeweled necklace with mirror, holding a wood staff with a golden bird on top, well modeled tinted gofun face with inset glass eyes, silk fiber hair and carved beard, fur boots, mounted on a flat wood stand, original box reading: gogatsu ningyo Jimmu Tenno zo Morii shi Maruhei (fifth month doll of Jimmu Tenno owned by the Morii Family, made by Maruhei)
Excellent condition.
Figure: 18 in. High.
Early 20th Century.
$1750.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.

$1750.00
 
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CC1110: Takeda Ningyo Boy Entertainer

Antique Japanese Takeda Ningyo Boy Entertainer


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CC1110
Japanese Takeda Ningyo of a boy entertainer holding a circular standard, costumed in fine brocades, dragon and cloud embroidered chirimen silk sleeves, the feet, hands and head carved of wood covered in burnished gofun, the circular face painted with boyish features having an open mouth amused expression, circular haircut painted and inset hair top knot complete with sword, standing with left foot forward on a traditional Takeda style box base with front cutout panel having an embroidered wave design on chirimen silk inset panel.
Fine condition.
17-1/4 in. high with standard and base.
Edo period, circa 1800. 
$2800.


Provenance:

Ex Carabet Collection, California.

$2800.00
 
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CC1193:Kuge Tachiko Gosho Ningyo

Japanese Kuge Tachiko Gosho-ningyo


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CC1193
Japanese Kuge-tachiko gosho-ningyo, (a model of a standing child of the court aristocrats) with young noblewoman’s hairstyle, embroidered and painted floral red/orange long sleeved kimono and tied blue hakama brocade faded almost to white, the head, hands and feet carved of wood and covered in gofun.
Extremely faded, hairline crack to the gofun at the nose bridge otherwise fine condition.
10-3/4 in. high.
Meiji period, circa 1880.
$1100.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.
$1100.00
 
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CC1194:Gosho Isho Ningyo

Japanese Gosho Isho Ningyo


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CC1194
Japanese Gosho Isho-ningyo, a standing palace princess costumed in red hakama with beautiful embroidered kimono in a garden floral motif, the head and hands of tosa, covered in gofun with painted features.
Minor signs of age, otherwise excellent condition.
9-1/2 in. high.
Meiji Period, circa 1900. 
$1100.

Provenance:
Ex Carabet Collection, California.
$1100.00
 
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CF60003: Kesi Chair Panel

Chinese Silk Kesi Chair Cover Panel


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CF60003
Chinese Kesi (Silk Tapestry Weave) Chair Cover Panel. Finely woven in bright tones of blue, red, green, orange, and yellow with a gold wrapped thread background depicting auspicious longevity symbols, a large crane with outspread wings perched on layered rock work before a peach tree, over which another crane in flight, all above a quatrefoil panel enclosing a lotus blossom and a smaller pair of cranes confronting a ruyi head issuing from turbulent waves.
Excellent condition.
61-1/4 in. x 20-1/2 in.
Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1912).

Ex-Collection: Sally Fall, San Diego, CA.

For similar examples see:
Sotheby’s London, Important Chinese Art, 11 May 2016, lot 284. ( a near identical pattern with different background colouration, cited as being Ming Dynasty, 17th century)
Christie’s London, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art including Export Art, 12 May 2009, lot 71.
$6000.00
 
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