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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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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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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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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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

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) ...

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) ...

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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