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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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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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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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Mud figure | Commoner with Offering | 1890-1919

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in archive, blog

Shown is a very rare, beautiful figure of a commoner, (such pieces of were produced to be used as a tool to spread the message of multi-class unity, and support between individuals of varying ranks). The young lady, with elegant, long fingers, is offering a container of fruit in a traditional serving piece. This rare […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Filial Daughter-in-law Feeding Elder Parent | 1890-1900

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in archive, blog

We must introduce the history behind this figure in an effort to explain what it represents. ‘Filial piety’, or ‘Filial devotion’, is considered among the oldest and greatest of virtues of Asian people, and is shown towards both the living and the dead. The term “filial”, meaning of a child, denotes the respect and devotion […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Louhan Reading a Book | 20th/Century

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in archive, blog

Shown is an exceptional mud figure of Luohan, seated on a wonderfully detailed stump, as he enjoys reading a book of poetry. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face and overall figure, with exact representation of his hands, and his one leg propped on the stump on which he […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Louhan with Lotus Flower | 20th/Century

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in archive, blog

Shown is an exceptional mud figure of Luohan, seated on a stump, as he holds a lotus flower in his right arm. The first element we notice is the great detailing of his expressive face, (he is sticking out his tongue at those passing by), and overall figure. He trousers, in a light grey glaze […]

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Chinese Rare Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Lohan | Arahat | 1900

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in archive, blog

Arahat, or translated in Chinese as Lohan, is an important figure in Buddhist religion. There were originally only 18 Lohans, each were added throughout the evolution of the Chinese dynasties), and were introduced into China from India around the 1st/century A.D. It is said that Lohan supposedly moved through all the stages of the Buddhist […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Su Wu with Fan & Book of Poems | Table Lamp | 1950

Posted on 05. Apr, 2016 by in archive, blog

Su Wu, courtesy name, Su Ziging, came from Duling, and was a high minister who was known for his loyalty and sincerity. He was an attendant in his father’s military staff and was eventually appointed Leader of Court Gentlemen and entrusted with diplomatic missions. In this large mud figure, Su Wu is poised with his […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) Ware | Zhongli Quan | 1890-1919

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

Zhongli Quan is one of the most ancient of the Eight Immortals and the leader of the group. He is also known as Zhongli of Han (Han Zhongli) because he was said to be born during the Han Dynasty. He possesses a fan which has the magical ability of reviving the dead. Immortals are said […]

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