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NG90012: Tamba Aka Dobe Tokkuri

Tamba Aka Dobe Tokkuri


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NG90012
Japanese ceramic Tamba aka-dobe tokkuri, a red clay bottle vase from the Tamba kilns, a wide bodied tapering form with narrow short neck and slightly everted mouth rim covered in an iron red brown clay based glaze with a small lower section having the clay body exposed, flat base slightly concave, minor glaze imperfections.
Excellent condition.
13 in. high x 6 in. in diameter.
3lb. 12oz.
Edo period, circa 1650.
$2100.
$2100.00
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NG91011: Hanging Bronze Boat Flower Container

Hanging Bronze Boat Flower Container


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NG91011
Japanese bronze hanging flower arranging container in the shape of a boat, sharp angular form with flat bottom hull base and center water receptacle sitting within a removable hatch, suspended by an iron chain attached at the tip of the prow and at the corners of the stern. Wood storage box.
Minor surface blemishes otherwise fine condition.
Measuring: 4 in. high x 15-1/4 in. long x 5-3/4 in. wide.
Meiji Period, Late 19th century.
$2800.

$2800.00
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NG91020: Muromachi Kannon

Muromachi Kannon


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NG91020
Japanese Buddhist assembled wood sculpture of Kannon-Bosatsu (Avalokitesvara), the God of Compassion, standing male figure with abundant cloak drapery including the pendant wrapped sleeves, standing on a lotus base on a rocky outcropping, the left hand holds a lotus and the right hand upraised with webbed fingers in the vitarka mudra (the seal of reasoning), all lacquered and gilded, the inset eyes of painted crystal and the addition of an elaborate gilt metal crown and necklace with glass and wood pendant beads.
Losses to fingers and other minor losses otherwise fine condition.
46-1/2” H x 12” D x 15-1/4” W.
Muromachi Period (1392-1568)
$28000.00
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NG91024: Tachibina Pair

Tachibina Pair


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NG91024
Japanese Tachibina (Imperial couple), rare and exceptionally fine standing pair for the Hina Matsuri, emperor with arms spread to the side, empress in cylindrical form, faces carved in round Jirozaemon style, textiles in a very refined tsuzure-ori tapestry weave of a deep red silk against a metallic gold background with pine, stream and wisteria patterns, trousers and accents in a rich gold kinran with foliate scroll designs, in a special wood display kimono tray with painted silk lining of a blossoming cherry tree, original wood presentation box, probably imperial commission,
17 in. high
Excellent condition.
Meiji/Taisho Period, circa 1910.
$12,000.
$12000.00
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NG91027: Shunga 2-Panel Screen

Shunga 2-panel screen


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NG91027
Japanese 2-panel folding shunga screen, a small sleeping partition screen with brilliant gold and silver flecked paper within a red lacquered wood frame having four erotic images adhered to the surface, three are wood block printed and one is a painting on silk all depicting various positions of love making between a male/female couple.
Minor discoloration otherwise excellent condition.
The screen measures overall: 17” x 74-1/4”, each image measures: 6-3/4” x 9-1/4”.
Early 20th century.
$650.
$650.00
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NG91035: Shunga Pillow Book

Shunga pillow book with metallic pigments


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NG91035
Japanese Shunga Pillow book, an album of 12 colors on silk erotic paintings of couples having sexual intercourse in a variety of positions, uniquely augmented with metallic pigment highlights, all mounted in an accordion style album with each image having a center crease, exterior brocade cover.
Minor stains and signs of wear otherwise fine condition.
Each image measures: 9-3/8 in.x 17-5/8 in., the book overall measures: 10-1/2 in.x 9-1/2 in. x 1-1/8 in.thick.
2lbs. 7oz.
Early 20th century.
$975.

$975.00
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NG92105: Large Kimono Basket

Large Kimono basket


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NG92105
Large Japanese hinged hitsu (kimono storage coffer) woven of bamboo in the Chinese style with broad expanses of woven mats as the siding and the convex lid trimmed in thicker bamboo and fine knotting with a wood base complete with decorative bronze latch, handles and hinges.
Excellent condition.
Measuring: 12-1/2 in. high x 23-1/2 in. wide x 18 in. deep.
9lbs. 5 oz.
Meiji Period, circa 1900.
$1950.
$1950.00
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NG92106: Burl Wood Basket

Burl Wood Basket


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NG92106
Japanese solid wood fruit and flower display basket, carved from one piece of burl wood in an oval shape with single large overhead handle in a natural form with nodes, grottos and protrusions, finished in a dark brown translucent finish.
Minor signs of age and use otherwise fine condition.
9 in. high x 18 in. long x 13 in. wide.
4 lbs. 11 oz.
Early 20th century.
$3900.00
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NH00008: Gangansai Hanging Basket

Gangansai Hanging Basket


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NH00008
Japanese Hanakago, a hanging flower arranging basket by Gangansai, a flat tray form with overarching handles with a loop at the top, a small bamboo section as the vase and long bamboo stalk as the hanging hook which is signed. The signed wood storage box states that this is a “Four hand basket” made of white bamboo in Saga, Kyoto by the Osaka artist Gangansai. The vase portion has split and has been repaired in the Kintsugi style of gold lacquer, accentuating the  split which has naturally occurred overtime and repairing it to add to the beauty, patina and function of the overall piece.
Fine condition.
Basket without hangar measures 13-1/2” high x 10” square.
Early 20th century.
$1500.

$1500.00
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NH00018: Taro Okamoto Ceramic Face, 1970.

Taro Okamoto Ceramic Face, 1970.


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NH00018
Japanese ceramic sculpture by Taro Okamoto 1911 - 1996 (For additional information please see short biography posted below). He is most famous for his monumental sculpture with three faces representing the past, present and future, “Tower of the Sun” created for the 1970 Japan World Exhibition in Osaka and still stands today. This ceramic sculpture of a stylized circular face is a miniature version of the face representing the past. The design evokes the aesthetic form reminiscent of the face of an Akua’ba figure from the Asante in Ghana. This sculpture to be hung on the wall, made of molded ceramic with symmetrical design covered in a crackled black matte glaze with an impressed “Taro” signature under the chin, was made at the Shigaraki kilns, Shiga prefecture, Japan.
Fitted wood storage box.
Excellent condition.
2-3/8 inches deep x 12-1/4 inches in diameter.
Circa 1970.
$2500.

Taro Okamoto (1911-1996)
* Prominent Japanese avant-garde artist/sculptor of the twentieth century
* Japan’s ‘Picasso'
* Born in Kawasaki * Son of artistically distinguished parents
* Studied in pre-WWII Paris
* Fascinated with primitive art

Taro Okamoto was born in 1911 in Kawasaki to artistically distinguished parents, and raised in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. His mother was the poetess and novelist Kanoko, and his father the manga artist Ippei. He began studying oil painting in Tokyo in 1929, but moved with his family to Europe and began studying in Paris in 1930. An encounter with the works of Picasso in 1932 threw him into the world of abstract art, and the next year he began a four-year association with other abstract artists. He then however began to focus on more realistic forms. The attraction of primitive art forms for Okamoto led him to study ethnology, psychology, philosophy and folklore at the University of Paris under Professor Marcel Mauss and to associate with College of Sociology member and noted adherent of mysticism, Georges Bataille, and artists like Max Ernst, Andre Breton, and Louis Aragon. He exhibited his work ‘Wounded Arm’ at the International Surrealist Exhibition in Paris in the same year – the same year his mother died. He was forced to return to Japan in 1941 with the beginning of WWII, and in 1942 was drafted and sent to fight in China. Upon his return to Tokyo in 1946, he found that all his works had been destroyed in an air raid. His experience of war turned him against it, and many of his works, such as ‘Strict Orders’, are expressions of his antiwar feeling.

He set up his studio in Tokyo's Minato Ward. It has been preserved as a museum. From 1947 he began to develop and propound an artistic philosophy of his own known as Polarism (taikyoku-shugi) – advocating the synthesis of opposites - and in 1948 founded the Night Society (Yoru no Kai) along with critic Kiyoteru Harada with the aim of integrating literature and avant-garde art. His father also died in this year. 1952 was a pivotal year in that he encountered prehistoric Jomon Japanese pottery, inspiring his first mosaic tile mural, Mythology of the Sun. It was exhibited at the 4th Dokuritsu (Independent) Exhibition. In the years following he continued submitted works to several notable exhibitions, mainly using tiles, and began writing more about art and its primitive roots from his Institute of Esthetic Research that he established in 1954. Of the total of six books he would write, ‘Today’s Art’ published in 1954 was the most successful, becoming a national bestseller.

Taro Okamoto perhaps reached his pinnacle of fame in 1970 with his appointment as Theme Producer for the Expo ’70 in Osaka – the first world fair to be held in Asia. His most famous work, the Tower of the Sun, was created for this event and featured in the ‘Symbol Zone.' His next big exposure came in 1981 when he featured in a TV advertisement saying that ‘Art is an explosion’. In 1993 he was made an honorary citizen of the city where he was born, but never lived: Kawasaki. He died on January 7, 1996, of an acute respiratory dysfunction.
$2500.00
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NH00022: Bronze Crane censer

Bronze Crane Incense Burner


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NH00022
Japanese bronze incense burner in the unusual form of two cranes on a rocky outcropping each standing with necks outstretched to the heavens, the larger crane with removable wings serving as the censer cover.
Signs of wear and use otherwise fine condition.
18” high x 7 in. x 7 in..
Weight: 4lbs. 2 oz.
Meiji Period, Circa 1900.
$4000. 

$4000.00
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NH02008: Iron Tomyodai

Japanese Iron Tomyodai


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NH02008
Japanese Tomyodai, a temple light stand created of hand wrought iron in an upright form of a circle with 13 ringlet projections to hold copper oil dishes, on a thin post stand having a tripod base.
Signs of wear and encrustation, otherwise fine condition.
31 in. high x 23 in. wide x 14 in.deep (base).
3lbs.
Edo period, circa 1800.
$1400.
$1400.00
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NH02031: Tomyodai Iron & Copper

Antique Japanese Iron and Copper Tomyodai


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NH02031
Antique Japanese Tomyodai, a temple light stand created of iron and copper in the upright form of the Tama (Buddhist flaming jewel) with 13 ringlet projections to hold ceramic oil dishes, a four legged base with copper pan base. Current day use with candle tea lights.
Oil dishes replaces with contemporary ceramic dishes, the stand with evidence of wear and encrustation, otherwise fine condition.
28 in. high x 14 in. wide x 7 in. deep.
5 lbs.
Edo period, circa 1850.

$1600.00
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NH10012: Kabuki Ningyo Scroll, Torii Kiyotada

Kabuki Ningyo Scroll, Torii Kiyotada


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NH10012
Japanese Kabuki Ningyo Scroll, colors, gofun and metallics on silk painting of Noh/Kabuki Dancers rendered as dolls, depicting two male figures dancing in the play "Shakkyo" portraying a pair of shishi (lions), one on a stand with white wig flanked by peonies and the other in foreground in a red wig, signed by the artist Torii Kiyotada a/k/a Kiyotada VII, (1875-1941) with a red seal, later formal scroll mounting with fine brocades and organic end rollers. Kiri wood storage box.

Reinforced top silk mounting with 5 inch split on the left side near the top rail, minor age discoloration, otherwise fine condition.

Painting: 44-1/8 in. x 16-3/16 in., Scroll: 81-1/2 in. x 22 in.
Early 20th century.
$1600.
$1600.00
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NH11013: Takeda Ningyo Kabuki Actor with Yoroi

takeda yoroi


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NH11013
Japanese Takeda Ningyo, depicting a kabuki actor on the stage possibly in the role of Soga no Goro Tokimune, dressed in kinran dragon & cloud brocade textiles and chirimen silk crepe sleeves embroidered in a couched silver wrapped thread rock & wave design, a narrow stance holding an arrow, and a bow with sword at the hip , suit of armor at the back and a cap tied around his neck, the head carved of wood covered in gofun with fine painted features and inset hair, standing on a black lacquered box stage base with embroidered inset front panel.
Minor losses & restorations, otherwise fine condition.
16-3/4 in. high overall.
Edo Period, ca. 1800.
$3500.
$3500.00
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NH11022: Shunga Artist's Instruction

Shunga Artist's Instruction


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NH11022
Japanese ink on paper wood block shunga artist’s color and pattern illustration with instructions for the woodblock carver and printer, depicting a sumptuously clothed amorous couple, the woman on top wearing a beautifully patterned kimono in a plovers in flight over waves design, the man lies beneath her as she guides his erect penis with her hand into her, his kimono in an intricate pattern of prunus blossoms and fences, there are no background details just a variation for her lip design, several character instructions as to designations of color and pattern, unrecognizable signature in the lower right hand corner.
Minor discolorations otherwise fine condition.
Framed & Glazed. Image: 15 in. x 22-1/2 in., Frame: 22-3/8 in. x 30-3/8 in.
Weight: 7lbs. 11oz.
Late 19th century.
$2800.
$2800.00
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NH12118: A Gosho Ningyo's Beagle

Gosho Gofun Dog


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NH12118
Japanese Ningyo of a Beagle pup to accompany a Gosho Ningyo, standing attentively four square with head raised and tail curled, rendered in white gofun with painted brown spots and ears, glass inset eyes, chirimen silk collar with brass leash.
Originally tosa (sawdust) body, restored with epoxy injections, minor pigment losses and signs of wear, otherwise fine condition.
5-3/4 in. high x 6-1/2 in.long x 2-1/2 in. wide.
Edo period, Circa 1840.
$2500.
$2500.00
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NH12119: Small Takeda with Unfinished Wood Stand

Small Takeda with unfinished wood stand


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NH12119
Japanese Takeda Ningyo, depicting a kabuki actor on the stage, dressed in kinran dragon & cloud brocade coat with sleeves thrown back, chirimen silk crepe sleeves of inner coat embroidered in a couched gold wrapped thread dragonfly design popular for warrior class, standing with left foot kicked forward, holding aloft a tobacco pipe in the right hand and an arrow in the left hand, a sword at the waist, the head carved of wood covered in gofun with fine painted youthful features and inset hair, tall court hat with paper ribbon, on a traditional unfinished kiri wood box stage base on four feet with embroidered inset front panel.
Small gofun crack at the chin, minor signs of age, otherwise fine condition.
16 in. high overall.
Edo Period, ca. 1820.
$2200.
$2200.00
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NH12143: Large Rosewood Taisho 3 piece Clothing chest

Large Rosewood Taisho 3 piece Clothing chest


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NH12143
Large Japanese 3-section Clothing Chest, crafted of chestnut and cedar with the entire facade of a thick rosewood veneer. The storage composition has multiple drawers of varying sizes, hinged double door compartment with interior sliding kimono trays, and two sets of top storage sliding doors highlighted in flat panels of gold leafed cloth paper with an interior shelf and drawer on one side. The facade hardware of copper & brass having bale shaped handles on the drawers, some with clover shaped keyholes and sliding covers. The side handles of iron (one missing on the inside side of the chest having the kimono trays). The top section’s top center drawer has a harmonica imbedded on the backside of the interior of the chest, wherein when the drawer is opened or closed the harmonica is played. The chest is versatile in the configuration of the units. It can be used as a large single piece by using the additional base, crown and joining bar or separately as three individual chests, or two of the chests can be stacked to create a tall unit.
Condition: Crown top replaced with plywood veneer, facade surface refinished with a French polish, casing stained, varnished & waxed, interior of drawers and trays papered, signs of wear and use otherwise fine condition.
Taisho Period, Circa 1920.
Measurements: Overall: 64-7/8”high x 69-1/2”wide x 16-1/4”deep. Each upright chest: 34-1/2”high x 34”wide x 16”deep. Long top chest: 24-1/4”high x 69-1/2”wide x 16”deep. Base: 4-3/4” high x 69-1/2”wide x 16-1/4”deep. Crown: 1-3/8”
$9500.00
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NH12158: Yonezawa 2-section chest

Yonezawa 2-section Chest


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NH12158
Large Japanese chest-on-chest for clothing storage (isho kasane-dansu) from Yonezawa, constructed of hinoki (Chaemaecyparis obtusa) and keyaki (Zelkova serrata) drawer fronts, traditional Yonezawa style iron hardware with circular chased chrysanthemum blossom lock plates with cherry blossom lock knobs, melon shaped handles having pine bough back plates, bracket drawer corners, interlocking side carrying handles (one broken), five drawers and lower right hinged door on upper section concealing three small drawers, original translucent red lacquer finish, supported on an unusual black lacquered base affixed to the lower section.
Minor surface scratches and signs of wear otherwise fine condition.
38-1/8 in. High x 47-3/4 in. Wide x 18-1/4 in. Deep.
Meiji Period, circa 1880.
$5200.
$5200.00
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NH12160: Rosewood Square Table

Rosewood Square Table


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NH12160
Japanese Rosewood Square Tea Table in Chinese style having tapered legs with bracket hoof feet, elbowed cross struts and center floating panel.
Minor shrinkage, surface scratches, and signs of age otherwise fine condition.
13 in. high x 35-1/4 in. square.
Meiji Period, circa 1900.
$1800.
$1800.00
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NH13035: Tanjo no Shaka Bronze

Tanjo no Shaka Bronze


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NH13035
Japanese bronze image of Tanjo no Shaka, the infant Buddha (Shakyamuni), a standing figure with the right hand pointing towards heaven and the left hand pointing toward earth, costumed just in a layered skirt, standing on a stylized lotus pedestal, somewhat stylized overall with pointed index fingers, heavy darkened surface layer. Minor signs of wear and use otherwise fine condition. Wooden Storage Box.
5-1/4 in. high.
Weight: 10 oz.
Edo period, circa 1850.
$850.
$850.00
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NH20014: Umimatsu Tea Scoop

Umimatsu Tea Scoop


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NH20014
Japanese Umimatsu tea scoop, A simple piece of halved black coral with hollowed out interior forming a scoop, finely polished revealing the natural coloring.
Signs of age otherwise fine condition.
4” long.
Early 20th century.
$600.
$600.00
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NH21006: Standing Emperor, Sabosama Sakan Suru

standing Emperor, Sabosama Sakan Suru


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NH21006
Early Japanese Takeda Ningyo, depicting an actor on stage in the role of an emperor, standing, costumed in silk and kinran brocades holding a paper scepter (shaku), the head carved of wood inclusive of the the peaked gold imperial hat, covered in layers of burnished gofun with painted features, displayed on a traditional black lacquered stage base with inset painted panel depicting a dragon. Applied paper label on the back of stand, translated as “Sabosama Sakan Suru” (?).
Textile restorations, minor gofun losses to the hands, otherwise fine condition.
Measuring: 12-1/4 in. high overall.
Edo period, circa 1780.
$2200.00
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