Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: ...

Descriptive Qualities: As featured in the book Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition, this abstract representation of young girl moon watching, with pigtails flying, and wonderful Tonbo depicted on her clothing, illustrate the contemporary nature surrounding Kokeshi making. These unique lathe-turned, hand-painted dolls show a technical competence by the artist. Very little […]

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Rare Vintage Creative Kok...

Bridal kimono motifs symbolize all the elements that a bride would desire to be fulfilled during their marriage. This doll is from the 1960s and depicts a bride in traditional wedding attire worn at the ceremonial hall after the wedding. She is wearing a beautifully detailed Uchikake, (Brocade), Kimono with traditional motif, (flying cranes, clouds, […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kano Ch...

Descriptive Qualities — This piece is entitled: Odori | Movement and is interestingly represented in this fun character representing young child wearing blue Ikat-style clothing. This kokeshi has a traditional large topknot, with clothing simply executed with varying brush strokes. The most interesting quality is the offset head, giving expression and movement to the doll. […]

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Vintage Japanese Water Dr...

This is a charming Japanese pottery water dropper, (suiteki), in the shape of a Japanese carp, (koi), and is used by scholars to moisten the solid sumi ink employed in calligraphy and drawing. The top side of the dropper is wonderfully detailed giving the piece a natural, textural quality resembling a swimming fish. Condition: No […]

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Japanese Kimono Boy Doll ...

Early Ichimatsu Ningyo, (32-33″high), were only female dolls, and fall under the category of “Friendship Dolls”, primarily given as an exchange of dolls between children of both countries as a way to ease cultural tensions after the 1920s. A program was initiated to send dolls from the US to children in Japan, and the Japanese […]

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Japanese Vintage Kyoto-Ky...

This is a very large, lifelike, and precious artistic porcelain rabbit with vermilion eyes and a wonderful facial expression. It is gracefully hand-made with natural proportioned detailing, and is skillfully, but minimally decorated. This piece was most likely created for an individual born in the year of the Rabbit, (usage). The Japanese consider “rabbit people” […]

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Vintage Lacquered Kushi, ...

This gorgeous kushi comb, (black lacquer on wood), was a long time possession of a wealthy family in Kyoto. This heavy, high quality comb is decorated with an extravagant, inlay of pale blue-green abalone,(aogai), incorporating the Hou-ou, (Phoenix bird), and small diverse flowers a giving a wonderful three-dimensional character to the piece. The design is […]

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Antique Japanese Bronze a...

Bronze Eight Sided Baluster Vase decorated ‘iroe takazogan’, ‘hirazogan’, and ‘shishiaibori, illustrating a dragon in flight chasing the “sacred pearl”. There are traces of the importance of the “sacred pearl” of wisdom, or yang energy, in early Taoism, but it is best preserved in Buddhism as the jewel in the lotus: a jewel that grants […]

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Japanese Art Signatures: ...

This publication is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use tool, for reading Japanese art signature, in a limited-edition reprint. Designed for both layman and scholar, its simplified approach allows users to find and identify over 11,000 names of Japanese artists and craftspeople, from all periods and in all media. Includes a sections on reading dates, […]

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Contemporary Clay: Japane...

Featuring over 50 examples made by more than 35 artists during the last two decades, Contemporary Clay offers an overview of everything that is most innovative, creative, and iconoclastic in the world of modern-day Japanese ceramics. The works range from painstakingly crafted porcelains inspired by Chinese prototypes to rough-hewn vessels that revel in the happy […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahas...

Descriptive Qualities— This is one of his first models of this type in which one can see the evolution of this kokeshi from later renditions, and how Takahashi-son refined his technique. The kimono is beautifully ornamented with plum flowers in an artistic and painterly way. This is evident in the not only the kimono but […]

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Antique Japanese Urushi L...

Descriptive Qualities— Kyoto lacquerware has always been regarded as the most exquisite in all of Japan. When one hears about a simple, subtle, and unobtrusive aesthetic beauty, this handsome pair is an exceptional example of both the period and lacquering process. The pair are unsigned, and “not made for export”, and were acquired in Shizuoka, […]

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