Antique Japanese Haori-hi...

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 K...

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...

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 Bl...

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 | A...

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 ...

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 Depicti...

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 ...

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 Go...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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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