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UH30011: Squatting Kofuku Gosho

Squatting Kofuku Gosho


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UH30011
Japanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump male child squatting with his knees pulled to his chest and his feet close together, both hands and his sides, traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for obtaining good fortune, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and painted chirimen bib and kerchief.
Several gofun cracks on his backside and on one arm, minor pigment losses and signs of age otherwise fine condition.
3-1/8 in. high.
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$1100.
$1100.00
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UH30020: Kutani Brothel Maneki Neko

Kutani Brothel Maneki Neko


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UH30020
Unusual Japanese porcelain figural sculpture, Kutani style, of a provocative rendition of Maneki Neko the good luck beckoning shop cat combined with a partially covered phallus, together a wish for good fortune and fertility/strength/union, the cat with a brightly decorated tied collar stands on hind legs with right paw gently removing a hemp leaf decorated cover (cloth the yin aspect), revealing a well detailed erect phallus (the yang aspect), his left paw is up at the side of his head in the beckoning gesture, expertly modeled and decorated in polychrome enamels with gilt highlights.
Excellent condition.
7-1/4 in. highx 4 in. wide x 6 in. deep.
Weight: 2lbs. 9oz.
Early 20th century.
$3000.
$3000.00
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UH30110: Togatta Kokeshi

Togatta Kokeshi


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UH30110
Japanese Togatta Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, a narrow columnar body, tapering at the shoulder, square globular head, characteristic (tegara) red chrysanthemum painting on the head, with the facial features with narrow open eyes, (ware-bana) split nose, and hair depicted in black, the body decorated in two bands top and bottom and a set of three red stacked blossoms (kasanegiku) on the shaft. Ink signature on the base, “Yoshiro from Sendai”.
Minor worn surface pigments and minor hairline splits to the head otherwise fine condition.
9-1/4 in. high x 2-3/4 in. in diameter.
Weight: 10 oz.
20th century.
$60.
$60.00
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UH30111: Naruko Kokeshi

Naruko Kokeshi, Naruko-cho Osaki-city, Miyagi prefecture, Akinori Ito


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UH30111
Japanese Naruko Kokeshi, Naruko-cho Osaki-city, Miyagi prefecture, a narrow columnar body slightly concave, hard shoulder, separate globular head with flattened top, pegged into the body by a dowel so that the head turns and squeaks, the “nightingale voice”, facial features with single lid eyes, (neko-bana) “U” nose, and hair depicted in black, pony tail on top of the head, side locks in the characteristic three brushstrokes, red mizuhiki hair ribbons and brief lips, the body decorated in bands at the neck and base with two large red chrysanthemum blossoms on the shaft. Ink signature on the base, "Akinori Ito”.
Excellent condition.
12” high x 3-1/2” in diameter.
Weight: 1lb. 7 oz.
20th century.
$190.
$190.00
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UH30115: Togatta Kokeshi

Togatta Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, Tamajiro


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UH30115
Japanese Togatta Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, a narrow columnar body, tapering at the shoulder, globular head, characteristic (tegara) red chrysanthemum painting on the head, with the facial features with narrow open eyes, (ware-bana) split nose, and hair depicted in black, the body decorated in a kimono line neck and a set of four red stacked blossoms (kasanegiku) on the shaft. Ink signature on the base, “Tamajiro”.
Worn surface pigments otherwise fine condition.
9-1/2 in. high x 2-5/8 in. in diameter.
Weight: 10oz.
20th century.
$60.
$60.00
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UH30134: Sosaku Style Kokeshi

Sosaku Style Kokeshi, Hokkaido


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UH30134
Japanese Sosaku style Kokeshi, Hokkaido, carved of Birch with part of the bark remaining depicting an Ainu female figure, a narrow columnar body with carved out concave center painted, hard shoulder, separate globular head with flattened top, painting on the head with pronounced headband. the facial features with large black eyes and large arching eyebrows, red nose and blue lips, the body decorated in brown with gray and white line painting. Two character signature at the side. Excellent condition.
8 in. high x 2-1/4 in. in diameter.
Weight: 7 oz.
20th century.
$60.
$60.00
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UH30143: Naruko Kokeshi

Naruko Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, Suguwara Kazuhira, May Showa 51 (1976)


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UH30143
Japanese Naruko Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, a narrow columnar body slightly concave, hard shoulder, separate globular head with flattened top, pegged into the body by a dowel so that the head turns and squeaks, the “nightingale voice”, facial features with single lid eyes, (neko-bana) “U” nose, and hair depicted in black, pony tail on top of the head, side locks in the characteristic three brushstrokes, red lips, the body decorated in bands at the neck and base with two large red chrysanthemum blossoms on the shaft. Ink signature on the base “Suguwara Kazuhira, May Showa 51 (1976)”.
Minor signs of wear and use otherwise fine condition.
11-7/8 in. high x 3-1/4 in. in diameter.
Weight: 1lb. 4oz.
Dated 1976.
$75.
$75.00
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UH30145: Yajirou Kokeshi

 Large Japanese Yajirou Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, by Sato Yoshiaki (b. 1936)


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UH30145
Large Japanese Yajirou Kokeshi, Miyagi prefecture, by Sato Yoshiaki (b. 1936), a hard wood waisted narrow tapering columnar body, wider at the base, flattened globular head, painted with a distinctive red concentric circles on the top of the head, facial features with open arched and double lidded eyes, (naga-bana) long nose, side locks with red radial petals, small red lips within black lines, the body decorated in bands at the base a large flower blossom, kimono neck line. Ink signature on the base “Sato Yoshiaki”.
Dents to the head, colors faded, finish worn on the top and flaking other minor signs of wear, otherwise good condition.
17-1/2 in. high x 5 in. in diameter.
Weight: 2lbs. 15oz.
20th century.
$125.

For another example by Sato Yoshiaki see Kokeshi: Wooden Treasures of Japan, p. 31. $125.
$125.00
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UH80005: Japanese Cloisonne Table Lamp

JAPANESE CLOISONNE TABLE LAMP


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UH80005
Japanese Cloisonne Vase fitted as an electric table lamp. The bulbous vase form with tall narrow neck and flared mouth having a rich dark blue background with variegated blossoms of pink/white peonies where the petals are enameled over a silver foil (gin-bari) base, green shading to the leaves as well, alongside a purple/white and white chrysanthemum blossoms, brass fittings wired as a two incandescent bulb lamp to be fitted with a lamp shade, having an over light harp.
One small circular impact craze mark on the shoulder of the solid blue ground and a linear enamel crack about 1 inch long on the largest blossom,, otherwise fine condition.
The vase measuring: 13 in. high x 7 in. in diameter.
5lbs. 11oz.
Early 20th century.
$950.
$950.00
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UH80024: Sugi Dai

Antique Japanese Dai, a display stand used in the tokonoma


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UH80024
Antique Japanese Dai, a display stand used in the tokonoma, a large section of root burl possibly Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica), a beautiful golden color wood, the top is a cross section with dramatic burl grain radiating from the center as rays from the sun, made from a section of the tree’s root ball. Refashioned as a “Lazy Susan” with ball bearing double ring support.
Minor signs of wear and use otherwise fine condition.  
Measuring: 20" x 36" x 2”.
Weight: 33.5 lbs.
Early 20th century.
$1500.
$1500.00
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UH80055: Yonezawa 2-section chest medium

Yonezawa 2-section chest, medium


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UH80055
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 cherry blossom lock plates with melon shaped handles having pine bough back plates, tea seed pod drawer corners, interlocking side carrying handles, four drawers and lower right hinged door on upper section concealing two small drawers, all drawers papered on the interior, original translucent red lacquer finish, minor signs of wear otherwise fine condition. Keys. 
36-5/8 in. High x 37 in. Wide x 16-1/2 in. Deep., Each section measures: 18-5/16 in. high. 
Meiji Period, circa 1880.
$3600.

Ex Collection:
Donald Harris Estate, New York
$3600.00
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UH80071: Mt. Fuji Hanakago, Suemura Shobun

Mt. Fuji Hanakago by Suemura Shobun


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UH80071
Japanese Contemporary Hanakago, a wall hanging bamboo basket made for Ikebana, the art of flower arranging, titled “Mt. Fuji Shaped Basket”, by the acclaimed Osaka basket artist Suemura Shobun (1917-2000). Woven from Susudake (smoked) spotted bamboo in a bird’s nest style with a round opening at the top and lacquered bamboo culm flower container housed inside, additional mushi-maki (insect weave) as four feet on the two horizontal struts underneath and woven loop near the opening for hanging. Original signed storage box (Tomobako) labeled on the exterior lid “Mt. Fuji shaped flower basket” and signed Suemura Shobun on the inside of the lid with 2 red seals of the artist. 
Excellent condition. 
5-7/8 in. high 10-5/8 in. long x 5-/78 in. wide.
Late 20th century.
$1200.

Suemura Shobun, pupil of Yamamoto Shoen (Chikuryūsai I). His work was accepted at the prestigous Nitten Exhibition 23 times starting in 1951,  and ten consecutive times at the Japan Contemporary Craft Exhibition. His baskets have been displayed internationally as well. all total over 120 solo exhibitions over the course of his basket creating career.

For other examples of Suemura Shobun’s work see:
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Object #: 2006.3.755
Robert Coffland’s Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Arts, page 119 and 121. 
Melissa Rinne’s Masters of Bamboo: Artistic Lineages in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Basket Collection, # 52.
Metropolitan Museum exhibition: “Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection”

$1200.00
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UH80158: One Lot of Vintage Japanese Somayaki Tea Cups

One Lot of Vintage Japanese Somayaki tea cups, Soma, Fukushima Prefecture


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UH80158 
One Lot of Vintage Japanese Somayaki tea cups, Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. An assembled set consisting of 21 insulated tea cups, 1 saucer, sugar bowl (with lid) and 1 ashtray. Somayaki crackle glazed pottery dates back as far as 1690 and the height of production grew to around 100 kilns in Fukushima prefecture. The pottery is identified by the double-wall construction of the cups to retain heat and the exterior pierced surface wall to be cool to the  touch. These cups have a beautiful celadon “Aohibi” glaze with significant inked crazing over all and dark underglaze wash with wavy sgraffito on the lower half of the exterior wall. Many pieces feature supplemental cold gilt painted rim, outlining of the flower petal “Hanauki” shaped exterior wall cutouts and a galloping horse “Hashirigoma” on the bottom inside of the cup which was an emblem of the Feudal Soma clan and a trademark of this type of pottery. The underside of the base of the cup has “JAPAN” stamped faintly on it in compliance for export. A popular item abroad in the 1950’s known as “Double Cup”. In 1978 the Ministry of International Trade and Industry designated Somayaki as an official traditional craft as a national treasure. These cups vary in size and volume providing a pleasing  array of a collection.
Condition Minor losses to gilt, minor signs of use and wear otherwise fine condition.
Second half of the 20th century.
Total weight: 18lbs.
$150. /set
$150.00
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UH80196: Shunga Emakimono

Antique Japanese Shunga Emakimono


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UH80196
Antique Japanese Shunga Emakimono, an erotic hand scroll composed of 12 colour paintings depicting amorous couples in coitus. Reading from right to left: The first two detailed paintings on silk are in a large format (Aiban 8.75in x 12.5in.), an amorous couple wearing intricately patterned robes with a painted screen as a backdrop. The following five smaller (Koban 6.5in. x 8in.) paintings on silk are less detailed. The last five paintings are in the long horizontal (Chutanzaku 5in. x 15.5in.) format of ink and colours on paper depicting close-up views of amorous couples. Also this is an unusual mounting style for a hand scroll wherein the background paper of the hand scroll is cutout in a window pane effect and the edges of the paintings are mounted over the cutout accentuating the translucency of the images. This particular grouping of erotic paintings use costume as part of a designation of the breadth of class and the common unifying element of the similarities in the union of each couple portrayed.  Organic material for scroll end mounts and cardboard storage box.
Condition: Minor creases from rolling and mounting, some age discoloration and a few spots, otherwise fine condition.
Measuring overall: 9.5 in. x 206in. (24 x 523cm)
8.6 oz. (245g)
Circa 1920.

$950.

$950.00
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UH80225: Aka Raku Chawan

Large Japanese Contemporary Aka Raku style Chawan


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UH80225
Large Japanese Contemporary Aka Raku style Chawan.
A hand built stoneware tea bowl for green tea made in the red raku style  A steep sided bowl potted with swirl on the bottom, an excellent shape for whisking powdered green tea and for holding in the hands. Covered overall in a varied reddish flash glaze with a black mouth rim. The glaze stops at the foot rim and the base reveals a white biscuit. A raised swirl makers mark near the foot under the glaze.
Excellent condition.
3-1/4 in. high x 5-1/8 in. in diameter.
12.8 oz. (365g.)
$85.
$85.00
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UH80226: Kiyomizu-yaki Matcha Chawan

Japanese Kiyomizu-yaki Matcha Chawan, 2006


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UH80226
Japanese Kiyomizu-yaki Matcha Chawan, 2006.
A hand thrown ceramic tea bowl for green tea made at the Kiyomizu kilns in Kyoto. A deep bowl design thinly potted with swirl on the bottom, an excellent shape for whisking powdered green tea. Covered overall in a speckled reddish glaze with brown mouth rim, pooling on the interior in a deep red and stops short of the brown biscuit elevated foot rim. An impressed square seal with the two characters “Kiyomizu” 桜谷 near the foot.
Excellent condition.
2-3/4 in. high x 5-1/8 in. in diameter.
7.6 oz. (216g.) 
$50.
$50.00
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UH80234: Tobe-yaki Celadon Vase

Japanese Tobe-yaki Seiji Porcelain Vase, Tobe-cho, Iyo District, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku.


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UH80234
Japanese Tobe-yaki Seiji Porcelain Vase, Tobe-cho, Iyo District, Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku. The traditional Japanese ceramic production of porcelain wares from Tobe are known for their pure white clay body. The Celadon glazed is referred to as the color of clear water. This vase is a wheel potted  baluster form with narrow short neck and wide everted lip having ribbed sides so that the clear celadon glaze can pool in the ridges. A cobalt blue single character mark on the recessed base and an unglazed trimmed foot rim.
Late 20th century.
Excellent condition.
6-1/2 in. high x 4-7/8 in. in diameter. (16.5 x 12.5 cm).
1 lb. 12 oz. (793g.)
$120.
$120.00
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UH80236: Bronze Brush Rest

Japanese Bronze Brush Shaped Brush Rest by Haruhiko Shimoo


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UH80236
Japanese Bronze Brush Shaped Brush Rest by Haruhiko Shimoo. A lost wax cast copper bronze form of a traditional calligraphy brush with thick tapered bristles, bamboo stem and looped end. The underside flat with an impressed two character seal of the artist. The form serves as a brush rest / paper weight. Complete with a signed wood storage box (Tomobako).
Like New condition.
9 inches long x 1/2 inch high x 1 inch wide (23 x 1.2 x 2.5 cm).
9 oz. (245 g.)
Late 20th century.
$25.

Haruhiko Shimoo. Born in Takaoka City in 1939. An Industrial Designer exhibiting at Alpha Gallery and Kyoto Craft Gallery. Her works are copper based bronzes cast in the lost wax method. “My Works are mainly real, rapid change and diversification of values like modern times. Among them, it makes me think, ‘What is Realism?’. I think that it is possible to reflect the review of realism that changes with the passage of time in the three-dimensional prototype so that realistic academic expressions are not necessarily real.”
$25.00
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