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ES80004: Vintage Chinese Costume Rank Badges

Vintage Chinese Costume Rank Badges


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ES80004
Vintage Chinese Costume Rank Badges, two panels of two squares of couched embroidery design depicting bactrian camels in a desert setting outlined in gold leaf wrapped thread embroidered in multi-coloured silks on a black background each square paired with an opposing image, backed in a bright blue silk stamped “No.86296 Made in China”
Condition: Some colour bleeding from the bright blue backing, otherwise fine condition.
15-1/2 in. x 7-3/4 in. (39 cm x 20 cm)
2 oz. (40 g.)
20th century.
$50. pr.

Ex Collection: Parker & Evelyn Sroufe, Seattle, WA
$50.00
 
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UH80134: Cloisonne Double Chamber Snuff Bottle

Chinese Cloisonne Double Chamber Snuff Bottle


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UH80134
Chinese Cloisonne Double Chamber Snuff Bottle, for containing two different varieties of snuff, the twin chambers of diploid scalloped oval contour, each body in the shape of an artemisia leaf, decorated with leaf-shaped cartouches enclosing multi-coloured birds on flowering branches and orchids against a yellow ground, the surround with design of mallow vines on  a light blue ground, the base footed and countersunk oval, the stoppers en suite, the spoons of organic material.  
Excellent condition.
2-1/2 inches high x 2 inches wide x 1/2 inch deep. (6.3cm x 5.1cm x 1.2cm)
2-3/4 oz. (78g.)
20th century.
$300.

Provenance:
Private Collection, Colorado
Bonhams New York, Chinese Snuff Bottles from American Collections, Monday, November 12, 2017  lot # 8019.
$300.00
 
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NG92101: Danish Lounge Chair Pair

A Danish Mid-Century Pair of “Samso” Lounge Chairs Designed by the Danish Furniture Designer Ib Kofod-Larsen, 1960


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NG92101
A Danish Mid-Century Pair of “Samso” Lounge Chairs Designed by the Danish Furniture Designer Ib Kofod-Larsen, 1960. Graceful and simple modern design of Rosewood outer frame and Beechwood seat frame with webbing and two original black leather cushions, with the brass placque from the the maker “Illums Bolighus, Kobenhaven” on each chair on the top side of each seat frame. The majority of these fine and rare chairs seen in the marketplace were made by OPE in Sweden and this may be the case for these chairs as well, with Ilums Bolighus being the retailer. However, these chairs were deaccessioned by the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo and it is possible that these were a specific commission since Illums Bolighus holds the  Royal Danish Warrant for Furniture to Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark. 

Minor signs of age an wear otherwise fine condition. 

Measuring: 28 in. high x 28 in. wide x 28 in. deep

20th century, circa 1960.

$15,000. / pair


Provenance: 

Deaccessioned from the Royal Danish Embassy to Japan, Daikanyama, Tokyo, 2003.


IB KOFOD-LARSEN(1921 - 2003)

A well-known Danish furniture designer and a Graduate of the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen. In 1948 he won a competition of Holmegaard Glass as well as the annual prize of the Danish Kunsttischlerzunft. In the 1950s, Kofod-Larsen designs furniture for various companies at home and abroad, including names such as OPE, G-Plan and Faarup. Two well known designs are the "66" sideboard made of rosewood and the "Elizabeth Chair" from 1956,  named after her royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, after she was buying two of the armchairs in 1958. Later on, Kofod-Larsen is very successful in working with Selig, which acquired the rights to thousands of his furniture designs from the fifties and sold them on the market in United States. Characteristic of his work is an organic and minimalist design, as well as working with high quality materials such as teak, rosewood and precious leather. Furniture from this designer are considered to be collector’s items for their timeless beauty and high quality materials and craftsmanship are universally appreciated.


$15000.00
 
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CZ04004: Pair of Khmer Sandstone Lions

Khmer Pair of Sandstone Guardian Lion Sculptures, Bayon style, Angkor Period.


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CZ04004
Khmer Pair of Sandstone Guardian Lion Sculptures, Bayon style, Angkor Period. The fierce lions are both poised on a rectangular block with well-defined paws, half-sitting with a ridge line down center of back, ferocious expression with mouth open and well-delineated teeth, framed by arching mane, well-carved necklace and anklets. Figures such as these would have flanked staircases, doors, and causeways welcoming and protecting the visitor to the temple complex.
Weathering, abrasions, losses, overall fine condition. 
Left Lion: 45-1/2 inches high x 26-3/4 inches deep x 18 inches wide.
Right Lion: 44-1/2 inches high x 23 inches deep x 18 inches wide.
Angkor Period. Late 12th Century.  
$60,000. /pair

For another smaller example of a Guardian Lion see:
Pratapaditya Pal, The Sensuous Immortals: A Selection from the Pan-Asian Collection, LACMA 1978, fig: 144, p.238 with the following cataloguing commentary:
“Squatting lions such as this, invariably rendered as freestanding sculptures, are a familiar sight in most Khmer temples, generally placed as guardians on terraces and stairways. Although the concept originated in India, the lions are far more conspicuous in Cambodian temples. Since lions are not native to the region and hence unfamiliar to the artists, they are always treated conceptually and often the grinning or growling faces are somewhat caricatured. The present example may have come from the Phimeanakas temple terrace, although it is difficult to be certain. The fanciful head is more demonic that naturalistic and the mane on the broad chest is rendered almost like a coat of mail. The posture is essentially heraldic and the sculptor seems to have been concerned primarily with expressing physical strength through sheer volume.”
$60000.00
 
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PB10001: Nunelucio Alvarado Oil Painting

NUNELUCIO ALVARADO


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PB10001
Philippine oil painting on canvas by Nunelucio Alvarado, depicting a young sacada (sugar cane croppers)couple burying their stillborn child standing expressionless in front of the gravesite with the infant wrapped in cloth and a cross grave marker. In the background evidence of troops supported by the Americans and a chemical factory belching smoke. The painting is signed by the artist in blue on a black background in the narrow margin at the bottom of the painting: Nunelucio in the left had corner and Alvarado 1984 in the right hand corner. Simple wood frame
Measuring: 48 in.  x 34 in. 
Excellent condition.
$8000.

Provenance:
with Gallerie Andrea, Manilla 1996
Private Collection, New York

About the artist:
NUNELUCIO ALVARADO
Iconic Negrense painter Nunelucio Melocoton Alvarado is regarded as one of the most prominent visual artists in the Philippines and has won international critical acclaim for his art rooted in Social Realism. Alvarado has had at least 50 solo exhibitions all over the Philippines as well as in Singapore, and has participated in numerous group shows in Australia, Japan and the U.S.A. His artworks that manifest the perpetually shifting panorama of Philippine society, highlight environmental and cultural degradation. His stylized depiction of the dark side of humanity encompasses primal terrors, psycho-sexual and social oppression, particularly the plight of marginalized sectors such as the sacada (seasonal sugarcane plantation workers) and fishermen in his native Negros Occidental, their struggle to survive and conquer the ominous powers pervasive in their lives. An advocate of art as weapon for social change, he stimulates artists' social involvement in the agri-rural communities through the art organizations that he co-founded. Alvarado is a member of the Bacolod’s BAA (Black Artists in Asia) and founder of Pamilya Pintura and Pintor Kulapol. His lifetime of art heraldry is devoted to the uplift of Philippine Art and culture and the attainment of social justice for the sacadas and fisherfolk of the Philippines. Bio: NUNELUCIO ALVARADO earned his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines. He studied Advertising at School of Architecture and Fine Arts in La Consolacion College in Bacolod. He is a receiver of the Kabayao-Ledesma Scholarship Grant for painting in 1968. He is a true blooded Negrense and born in Sagay City, Negros Occidental on 05 May 1950. He became the art Director of Syano Artlink and founded Pamilya Pintura and Pintor Kulapol in Bacolod. He is known for doing progressive works of art that depicts faces, plight and struggle of the Negros-based Sakadas (laborers hired from outside) and marginalized sectors. He is a founding member of Concerned Artists of Negros and the Black Artists of Asia. His recent exhibit was in 2014 entitled ‘Diskarte ni Nunelucio’ showed in Charlie's Art Gallery in Bacolod. He has put up several exhibits locally and abroad, such as in Singapore (1996 and 2004), Japan (1997) and the US (1998). He is the Philippine representative of the first Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Australia in 1993. He won awards from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in 1992 and 2004. He also won the grand prizes in Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards in 1997 and 1999.
$8000.00
 
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UG71052: Pair of Cambodian Urns as Lamps

Pair of Cambodian Wood Urns as Table Lamps


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UG71052
Pair of Cambodian wood urns, the body of turned wood with assembled multitiered finial lid, decorated in raised lacquer with lotus and scrolling vine designs in red and black with gold leafed segments. Originally used as votive altar pieces in a Buddhist temple. Currently fitted as lamps using the finial as the lampshade finial 
The side of one urn charred from fire, otherwise minor signs of wear and good condition overall.
Fitted as lamps using the finial as the lampshade finial
Each measuring 37 in. high. The base is 7 in. in diameter.
19th century.
$1600. pr.
$1600.00
 
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UH80069: Italian Etching

Domenico de Rossi copper plate etching “La Lotta Gruppo di Statue Gia in Roma Negl'orti Medicei, hoggi in Firenze nella Galleria del Gran Duca” from Raccolta di statue antiche e moderne


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UH80069
Italian Copper plate engraving of a famous classical statue of two men wrestling, plate XXIX from the  Roman publication of 1704, Raccolta di statue antiche e moderne, by Domenico de Rossi & Paulo Alessandro Maffei titled “La Lotta Gruppo di Statue Gia in Roma Negl'orti Medicei, hoggi in Firenze nella Galleria del Gran Duca”, the 29th plate from 163 engraved plates of statues.

Plate size 345mm high x 215mm wide, paper wider, framed with double mat, glazed and giltwood surround, measuring overall 21 inches (535mm) high  x 16 inches (405mm) wide.
Condition: Good impression, minor spotting from age, overall fine condition.
18th century print, 20th century frame.
$490.

$490.00
 
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CY93308: Emil Maetzel Watercolour

Emil Maetzel watercolour "Zwei Nackte Knaben" 1935


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CY93308 
German ink and water colours painted on paper by the artist, Emil Maetzel 1877 - 1955 “Zwei Nackte Knaben”1935. a deft ink painting of two adolescent boys in the shower,  one standing in the foreground catching the water spray in his left hand, the other boy in the background bent over washing his left ankle, the void blackened, the figures in green and the water in blue. Signed in the lower left “Maetzel ‘35”. 
Excellent condition. Image measuring: 20in. high  by 10-1/4in. wide. (51cm x 26cm)
Frame measuring: 28-7/8in. high by 19in. wide (73.5cm x 48.5cm)
$2500.

Ex Collection:
Private Collector, New York.

Biographical details from the Exhibition: Ein Künstlerpaar Der Moderne” - Artist Couple in the Modern Movement Emil Maetzel and Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen 23 November 2018 - 24 March 2019, Museum August Macke Haus, Bonn.

Emil Maetzel (1877-1955) and Dorothea Maetzel Johannsen (1886-1930) were important representatives of the artistic avant-garde in Hamburg in the first years of the Weimar Republic when the spirit of renewal resounded through German society. With the founding of the Hamburg Secession in 1919, the city experienced a second important phase of Expressionism, one in which the Maetzels played a decisive role.

Emil Maetzel studied architecture and was a self-taught painter. Although Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen attended drawing school, she too was not professionally trained as an artist. In Berlin, where Emil Maetzel was stationed during the First World War, the couple benefited from opportunities to visit important exhibitions such as the Berlin Secession and Herwarth Walden's "Der Sturm" Gallery. A decisive event for the artists was their discovery of African art, which they began to collect and whose figures they integrated into their works.

1919 to 1923 were the years of Hamburg's first artist festivals, which ignited a veritable firework of racy performances by dancers, singers and actors and provided the outlet for a more permissive societal cohesion. The festivities helped bring staid citizens together with members of the artistic Bohème. The ever exotic settings and costumes were the results of the fantasy of artists, among whom Emil Maetzel played a prominent role as painter. Artistic freedom found its intellectual expression in the emancipation of living styles from conventional ideas of morality.

The Maetzels followed diverging artistic paths in the 1920s. With visits to Paris (1925) and Gotland (1929) Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen underlined her increasing independence before she died of heart problems in 1930 at the age of only 44. Emil survived her by 25 years. In 1933 the 12th Exhibition of the Hamburg Secession is closed down by the Nazi regime and Maetzel was dismissed from the Civil Service. Five of Maetzel’s wood cuts owned by the Kunsthalle were “cleared” from the museum  and probably destroyed amongst many others. 

In his house in Volksdorf he then spent lonely years, although taking advantage of the opportunity for painting excursions in northern Germany. After 1945 he started out on a new productive phase promoted as the leader of the Hamburg City Planning Commission and appointed President of the re-founded “Hamburg Secession” in 1948.
$2500.00
 
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UH20083: Pair of Takeda Ningyo

Pair of Takeda Ningyo 


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UH20083
Japanese pair of Takeda Ningyo depicting two actors from a Kabuki play with brocade costumes and exaggerated positions, complimentary embroidered chirimen sleeves, one with a carp leaping from the waves and the other with an anchor and waves, one holds a spear the other a bow and fan with paper wave stage prop in the foreground. The heads carved of wood covered in gofun with painted features and attached hair (replaced). Each standing on his own black lacquered stage box base.
Minor signs of wear and restorations otherwise fine condition.
15” high.
Circa 1840.
$6500.
$6500.00
 
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UH70003: Blue & White Lamp

Chinese Blue & White Baluster Vase Lamp


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UH70003
Chinese Blue & White Baluster Vase fitted as a Lamp. Ceramic vase with cobalt blue under-glaze design of convolvulus bindweed, a symbol of love and marriage, with four bold hei (double happiness) characters, with key-fret pattern at the mouth.
Drilled for electrical wire and fitted with a wood base, wood lid, single bulb housing, harp and lapis lazuli finial.
Circa 1850.
Lamp: 31-1/2” high 9-1/2” in diameter. Base: 10” in diameter. Vase: 14” high.
Weight: 16 lbs.
$1500.
$1500.00
 
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UH70004: Blue & White Lamp

Chinese Blue & White Baluster Vase Lamp


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UH70004
Chinese Blue & White Baluster Vase fitted as a Lamp. Ceramic vase with cobalt blue under-glaze design of convolvulus bindweed, a symbol of love and marriage, with four bold hei (double happiness) characters, with key-fret pattern at the mouth.
Drilled for electrical wire and fitted with a wood base, wood lid, single bulb housing, harp and lapis lazuli finial.
Circa 1850.
Lamp: 31-1/2” high 9-1/2” in diameter. Base: 10” in diameter. Vase: 14” high.
16.5 lbs.
$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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UA05052: Reverse Glass Painting Pair

Chinese Pair of Reverse Glass Paintings


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UA05052
Chinese Pair of Reverse Glass Paintings, each depicting a young lady seated at a table, one with flute in hand, the other with a fan, each seated on a chair with a red cover cloth and in the background a covered table bearing a flower vase, the robes elaborately detailed, with their small, bound feet peaking out from under the hems, the hair with ornaments, earrings, contemporary frames,
Condition: Minor pigment losses, slight wear, overall fine condition.
Each measuring: 17-1/4 in. x 13-1/4 in.
Qing dynasty, 19th Century.
$5000. pr.
$5000.00
 
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UA06168: Two Chinese Rosewood Display Stands

Two Chinese Rosewood Display Stands


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UA06168
A Set of Two Chinese Rosewood and Burlwood Curio Display Stands, tall pedestal form with thin legs and delicate pierced work apron in a ruyi vine design, elbowed cross stretchers near the base and center burlwood panel, varied in height.
Minor signs of wear and restorations, otherwise fine condition.
Each stand measuring 5-1/2 inches square,  height of each stand  15-1/2 inches and 14 inches.
19th century.

$2200.


Ex Collection: George & Verna Lazarnick, San Diego.

$2200.00
 
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UA06170: Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Pair

Chinese Calligraphy Scroll Couplet


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UA06170
Chinese Pair of Calligraphy Scrolls, vertical lines of calligraphy executed in a light style, right reading: “Moon Rises and the Candle has no Effect” and the left reading: “Wind Rises and the Fan looses its Duty” Signed Lo Erh Tung Chuang with seals, scroll couplet mounted with white silk brocade surround.
Minor stain, creases, overall fine condition condition.
Each measuring: 54 inches x 13 inches.
Early 20th Century
$350.

Ex Collection: Frank “Till” & Peggy Durdin, San Diego. 
$350.00
 
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UH10010: Chinese Gilt Wood Carving

Antique Chinese Gilt Wood Carving


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UH10010
Antique Chinese Gilt Wood Carving, a decorative architectural lintel fragment for over a doorway or an opening of any kind, with pierced and deep relief carving from a single piece of hard wood with additions, depicting 11 characters from a Chinese Opera, two of which at center are jousting on horseback, all on a landscape stage set with trees, standards, lanterns, weapons and musical instruments, all lacquered in dark red and black covered in gold leaf.
Wood losses and deterioration at bottom scalloped arced edge, otherwise fine condition.
Maximum dimensions: 50 in. long x 15-1/2 in. high x 3 in. deep.
Circa 1850.
$1200.

$1200.00
 
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UH10011: Chinese Gilt Wood Carving

Antique Chinese Gilt Wood Carving


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UH10011
Antique Chinese Gilt Wood Carving, a decorative architectural lintel fragment for over a doorway or an opening of any kind, with pierced and deep relief carving from a single piece of hard wood with additions, depicting 11 characters from a Chinese Opera on a landscape stage set with trees, standards and weapons, all lacquered in dark red and black covered in gold leaf.
Wood losses and deterioration at bottom scalloped arced edge, otherwise fine condition.
Maximum dimensions: 50 in. long x 15 in. high x 3 in. deep.
Circa 1850.
$1200.

$1200.00
 
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UH11010: Preparing for Battle Painting

Preparing for Battle Painting


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UH11010
Japanese album leaf painting from the Heike Monogatari a scene from the night before the battle of Fujigawa better known as “the battle that never was”, here Taira Koremori is being suited up in his armor by an attendant, the warrior standing and carrying his long sword, the suit of armor he is wearing has the nanten crest on the breast plate his under kimono with a design of butterflies (a Taira reference), the attendant is costumed in two robes, each with the a design of cranes, a reference to the the fact that the Taira took flight upon hearing the numbers of the Minamoto forces they were about to fight, all painted in ink, mineral and gold pigments in detail on paper with speckled gold leaf mist.
Water stains and signs of wear otherwise fine condition.
7-7/8” high x 10-3/8” wide.
18th century.
$400.

Ex Collection: Charles A. Greenfield, New York.
$400.00
 
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UH11011: Seashore Samurai Struggle

Seashore Samurai Struggle


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UH11011
Japanese album leaf painting of an unidentified warrior strangling a commoner, the warrior standing in a full suit of armor holding his captive by the neck and holding his short sword in a threatening position, the commoner bare foot and in simple kimono with a straw skirt, taking place at the seashore with a silver moon in the background, all painted in ink, mineral and gold pigments in detail on paper with speckled gold leaf mist.
A puncture and tear on the warriors face, minor water stains and signs of wear.
7-7/8” high x 10-3/8” wide.
18th century.
$400.

Ex Collection: Charles A. Greenfield, New York.
$400.00
 
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UH11024: Noh Performance Ushiwaka & Tengu

Noh Performance Ushiwaka & Tengu


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UH11024
Japanese album leaf painting from the Nomai no Zu (Illustrations of Noh Dances) of a Noh play, the scene of Ushiwaka-maru receiving martial arts instruction from Sojobo depicting Sojobo in a mask and priest’s costume holding a feather fan and the youth Ushiwaka holding a naginata upright, all painted in ink, mineral and gold pigments in detail on paper with speckled gold leaf mist.
Surrounding paper losses, tear to Ushiwaka’s robe, air bubbles to paper backing and signs of wear.
8-1/4” high x 10-5/8” wide.
18th century.
$150.

Ex Collection: Charles A. Greenfield, New York.
$150.00
 
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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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NG92110: Benkei Hagoita

Benkei Hagoita


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NG92110
Japanese Hagoita (battledore), a decorated display baton for shuttlecock, crafted of a thick piece of kiri (Paulownia) painted on one side of a pine tree and sun and the backside in relief fabric application in a raised design of the male role of Ataka Benkei from the kabuki play Kajincho (The Subscription Scroll).
Minor discoloration and glue adhesions on painted side otherwise fine condition.
21-3/4” high.
1 lb.
Early 20th century.
$250.
$250.00
 
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