Antique Japanese Finely W...

The Japanese have always enjoyed combining sculptural and functional forms with unusual and unexpected materials to produce visually and physically creative works of art. Much of the bronze process has remained unchanged throughout time—certainly, the essential interaction of the alloy and the manipulation of metals and the deep emotional connection of artist to the alchemy […]

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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 Japanese Bekko Ku...

This Japanese comb demonstrates the traditional flat implement with a shaft on one side and teeth, (known as “combdrumbs”). Traditionally made from tortoise shell, it is kept simple to celebrate the natural qualities of the shell. To dress them up many incorporated 18k gold into their design to catch the light. Condition: Excellent in both […]

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Vintage Japanese Tortoise...

This Japanese comb and hairpin demonstrates wonderful sculpting of this natural material. The traditional comb has flat prongs with a shaft at one end and teeth (known as “combdrumbs”) on the ends. The Kanzashi is also fashioned from one piece of tortoiseshell with a beautiful proportioned ball, (tama), and ear pick at one end. Traditionally […]

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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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Vintage Lacquered Kushi, ...

Vintage Japanese Golden bakelite Kushi, (Comb), with Vermillion Red and Gold Lacquered on both sides. A kiku blossom, (chrysanthemum), is the base motif with varying sizes of inlaied flora of Mother of Pearl, (aogai), with accents of blue-green used to ornament the surface. The use of abalone, (aogai), was introduced to Japan in the early […]

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Vintage Japanese Ivory Ha...

This is a Vintage Japanese Ivory Comb, (Kushi), and Hairpin, (Kanzashi) set. The motif, was attained through an inlay process using mother of pearl, (aogai), in a bamboo leaf design, which is on the comb and hairpin ends. The use of abalone, (aogai), was introduced to Japan in the early 16th Century and used extensively […]

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