Antique Japanese Haori-himo | Men’s Haori Accessories | Rare Braided Clasp with Bronze and Jade Fittings | 1920

Posted on 04. Aug, 2017 by in archive, blog

In Japan, a braided clasp used to close a Haori jacket, (overcoat), is called haori-himo, and is used by both women and men. The Montuki Haori is worn over a Montuki kimono to not only complete the ensemble but to protect the kimono and Hakama, (trousers). The haori-himo are made to secure the jacket, and […]

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Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi | Sumi-e Zodiac Motif “Year of the Horse” | Signed: Sato, Kouson | 1970

Posted on 02. Jul, 2017 by in archive, blog

This creative kokeshi is vintage, and illustrates the noble four-legged animal called Uma in Japanese. The horse had inhabited Japan for about one thousand years, and has in the past been indispensable, contributing much in bringing Japan’s economy back on track. During the Edo period, (1600-1867), the horse was used for transportation, agricultural work, equestrian […]

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Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, Suigai | One-Sided Wave | Signed by the Artist | 1970

Posted on 14. Jun, 2017 by in archive, blog

Description: The title of this lathe-turned sosaku kokeshi is “Katao-Nami or translated as, “One-Sided Wave”. This “rare” doll is a famous award winning Kokeshi, produced in 1970. What is unique to this doll is the incorporation of a traditional hairstyle, and the tight, uncolored wood obi on a subtile claret-red Kimono. The closing or edge […]

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Superb Vintage Chinese Black Cloisonne Hinged and footed Rectangular Box | 19th Century

Posted on 21. Mar, 2017 by in archive, blog

Description — Shown is a Chinese Black cloisonne’ hinged box with ball feet with intricate coiled fish scale pattern with Chinese symbol of Happiness on the lid. The piece is fully lined with cherry wood with a vaulted top. Fully trimmed in Brass to not only produce the intricate pattern but to edge the box. […]

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Japanese Satsuma Ware | Antique Satsuma Teapot | Meiji Period

Posted on 05. Mar, 2017 by in archive, blog

This teapot has a very finely drawn multi colored floral and bamboo motif in two large and two smaller cartouche. The artwork is exceedingly well delineated with gold edging. The designs also feature a form of decoration called moriage, which is a term used to describe the use of raised enamel on the surface of […]

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Antique Japanese Tokkuri | Seto Earthenware Sake Serving Bottle with Sculptural Relief Crab Motif | Housen-gama | Early 1900s

Posted on 02. Mar, 2017 by in archive, blog

This is a wonderful and most unusual Seto earthenware sake bottle, (Tokkuri), with a red crab in sculptural relief, (taka-ukibori) on the side. The lip is quite unusual in that it is free form with a cream drip glazing which partially covers the exterior form. This piece is most identifiable for thick glazes and textured […]

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Vintage Spoon Set Depicting Famous Landmark Scenes of Japanese | Toshikane | Showa 1926-1989

Posted on 16. Feb, 2017 by in archive, blog

This is a stunning spoon set of Iconic Landmarks depicted on the top of each silver spoon exquisitely detailed, with hand enameled and glazed porcelain cameo insets over sterling silver, (950), panels. Pieces of this type are extremely rare and collectible, particularly when detailed as this piece is representing fine artwork and fabrication. Each stamped, […]

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Japanese Antique Satsuma Brooch with Floral Motif | 1920

Posted on 15. Feb, 2017 by in archive, blog

This Satsuma brooch depicts an enameled multicolored floral composition on a soft cream background, and features Moriage detailing in gold. It illustrates the four seasons in red, blue and gold accents on a deep blue border. It has a circle with a cross stamped impression on the back which represents the Shimazu family crest. Many […]

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Vintage ‘Seven Lucky Gods of Fortune’ Bracelet | Toshikane | Showa 1930

Posted on 13. Feb, 2017 by in archive, blog

This stunning bracelet of the Seven Lucky Gods of Fortune is exquisitely detailed, with hand enameled and glazed porcelain cameo insets over sterling silver, (950), panels. Pieces of this type are extremely rare and collectible, particularly when detailed as this piece is representing fine artwork and fabrication. Stamped “Made in Occupied Japan, (1945-1952), SILVER”, on […]

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Tanaka Ryohei | Japanese Etching | Adashino, (Stone Buddhas in Kyoto | 1965

Posted on 29. Jan, 2017 by in archive, blog

Mr. Ryohei Tanaka travels a lot to sketch his subjects on the spot. He does not invent places. On Ryohei’s images you will hardly ever find any humans at all. The houses look deserted – and many actually are. Ryohei Tanaka has devoted his life to perfect images of old rural Japan as it once […]

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Shigaraki Tanuki Incense Burner | Japan | 1930

Posted on 29. Oct, 2016 by in archive, blog

Ceramic Tanuki, (Raccoon-Dog, see image), are a type of Shigaraki pottery that originated in Shiga Prefecture, near Kyoto, Japan during the Edo period. They are the most well-known of the sculptural pottery types, and have been part of Japanese folk lore since ancient times. The legendary Tanuki, a sign of good luck, is reputed to […]

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Vintage Japanese Kamakura-bori Lacquered Tray | Peony Motif | 1948

Posted on 04. Jul, 2016 by in archive, blog

This Kamakura-bori tray was created during the the Showa period, and features a Japanese powerful, bold engraving of blooming Peony flowers on Branches. Being a spiritual, nature-loving nation influenced by Buddhist ideology, it is fitting that flower symbolism should form such a big part of the Japanese way of life. Also known as the ‘King […]

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