Vintage Chinese Bronze Th...

Few symbols embody Feng Shui the way the three-legged toad does. And whether you call this little amphibian a wealth frog, money toad, lucky money frog, or three-legged prosperity toad doesn’t matter. What matters is that you display this delightful creature wherever you want wealth to find you. The toad shown in the images to […]

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Vintage Chinese Three Leg...

The Money Frog, also recognized by the name “Three Legged Toad”, is a celestial and mythical creature, emerging every full moon to bring with it wealth and good fortune. It is one of the most prominent symbols of prosperity and monetary gain in Feng Shui, and can often be sitting beside cash registers, receptions and […]

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Vintage Japanese Kamakura...

This is a Kamakura-bori style hand mirror, (kagami). Kamakura-bori objects are first carved of wood, (katsura) or (gingko), in varying shapes and motifs, and then surfaced with lacquer, (urushi), dozens of times to obtain the richness and depth of color. The Japanese taste was for simpler and quieter themes, and in this case, abstract Japanese […]

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Japanese Double-lobed Gou...

Very Japanese in character, this beautiful, lacquered, deep rust hyotan gourd was shaped while growing to make a convenient sake flask, (tokkuri). This is an original piece from the Showa period (1926-1989). It has its original resin stopper, (developed around 1920’s), held into place by a braided cord. When traveling, hyotan, in an effort to […]

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Japanese Antique Double G...

This unsigned, two-section basket was designed as a large and small double gourd cradled in a root-wood vine. The gourd, (hyotan), is rich in symbolism in Japan, and was a charm for longevity, (as it is extremely durable when dried), good fortune, and for being symbolic of fertility, since it has numerous seeds. The Japanese […]

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Japanese Copper Woven Box...

This is a beautiful and intricately woven copper box with removable cover (the entire piece is woven from top to bottom). It is from the Meiji period and is in exceptional condition. The rounded rectangular box has a kiri wood interior lining. Our understanding is that this piece was typically used for incense and cigarettes, […]

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Vintage Japanese Red Kama...

This is a vintage red Kamakura-Bori Urushi lacquered document box with carved lid in an Iris motif. The side of the lid is beautifully textured and carved giving further decorative detailing to the piece. The interior is black and contains two lacquered pieces to separate documents. Excellent condition with no dings or chips. Typical of […]

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Vintage Japanese Bronze T...

This Japanese bronze Usabata has a beautiful and natural rich dark brown patina and is from the Showa period. The piece is in excellent and original condition. Objects of this type were first discovered by Westerners during international expositions. The entire piece is bronze, and has a raised village and mountain landscape motif in the […]

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Japanese Antique Black Ku...

This is a sophisticated katsu, (clog-shaped), Black Kuro-Oribe winter tea bowl, is decorated with a glossy and tasteful black glaze, and iron-glazed abstract textile motif in a simple composition, inscribed, “congratulation, felicitations”, with impressed seals by the maker, Makuzu Kozan, (1842-1916). This Chawan is characterized by unconstrained application of its shape, and stylized decoration. A […]

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Set of Five Japanese Ging...

Pictured is a set of porcelain chopstick rests, (hashioki), used to keep chopstick tips off the table and to prevent used chopsticks from contaminating or rolling off tables. This particular set is in beautiful, excellent condition with a silver and red glazing emphasizing the gingko design. Additional Information— Chopstick rests come in various shapes and […]

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Set of Four Japanese Wood...

Pictured is an extremely fine oshibori tray in black and red lacquer on sandalwood. This particular type is only used by people of high ranking or in places where quality is important within a traditional setting. Oshibori expresses the Japanese people’s high regards for cleanliness and hospitality. Additional Information— An oshibori is a hot, wet […]

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Set of Five Japanese Echi...

The Japanese people have some very interesting eating utensils, and one such implement is the lacquered wood fork used for eating sweets. These eating forks are specifically fashioned by hand and made to both cut, and pierce what is to be eaten. The wood base can be chestnut, birch, (mizume), or zelkova. As based in […]

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