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 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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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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Sosaku Kokeshi by Shido, ...

Descriptive Qualities— Shido-san enjoyed the textural qualities of ‘Chattering’ on the rain/snow coat, which allows minimal painted ornamentation, with an emphasis on the natural wood. This vintage doll represent girls wearing a Minomushi, (Snow Coat), which is a favorite theme. The Mino is an article of clothing worn to protect rural people of the mountains […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Yusa, F...

Descriptive Qualities— A vintage Kokeshi simply defined in two separate sections of two contrasting woods, this figure is minimally rendered with a few ink brush strokes defining the face. The wood color and grain give definition to the Haori. The use of Chatter work adds texture to the base. Condition: Exceptionally well maintained with strong […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sekiguc...

Descriptive Qualities— Fishermen, (Ikusanga), are seen depicted on woodblock prints, and included in haiku, a form of poetry. This continues in the world of Kokeshi, and has been used as the central theme of this character. The use of Chatter Work on the body of this doll is exceptional. The doll carries all the elements […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Miyajim...

Descriptive Qualities— This beautiful, delicate doll emphasizes a traditional hair design, (taregami) and cascading Spring flowers, (Haru), painted on the body. Miyajima-sans distinctive hairstyle makes his dolls very unique among kokeshi. Condition: Nice patina and aging with clearly defined flora. Dimension: 8-1/4”h. Additional Information — Miyajima-san was born in 1929 in Yonezawa City of Yamagata […]

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