Chinese Porcelain Fencai Bowl
Republic Period (Mingguo Era 1912-1930)
Size: Diameter 7.75" Height 3"
Chinese Porcelains is one object that has been coveted, exported, translated, and developed over the span of a millennia. This bowl depicts a pair of phoenixes among peonies and rocks, a popular motif seen in Imperial porcelains. The work contains a Guangxu era inscription, but the work dates to the Republic period when a majority of Qing Period porcelains were emulated and re-created.
Condition: Slight crazing and chips are seen on one section of the lip of the bowl. Otherwise, the bowl has been kept in amazing condition for the age.
Porcelain Fencai Plate with Guangxu Mark
Republic Period (1912-1930)
Size: Diameter: 7.4" Height 1.3"
Fencai techniques were developed during the early part of the Qing period. It began with the Wucai porcelains often seen during preceding Ming Dynasty. By the Kangxi era, different works using multiple colors began to appear and were thought to be influences from the West through glass making techniques.
The plate depicts a phoenix set among peonies and scholar rocks. The bottom contains a Guangxu Period inscription.
Condition: There one chip on the edge of the plate.
Chinese Yixing Tea Pot
Size" Length 4.6" Width 2.75" Height 3"
The yixing tea pot shown contains an interesting inscription that the tea pot was presented by the Wuyang Taihu Restaurant. Possibly the pot was given to customers who supported the restaurant in many ways and these pots were made. The work contains a seal reading Chiao Jinghuei, possibly the maker of the pot.
Chinese Soapstone Carving of Sleeping Beauty (Meiren)
Late Qing-Republic Period
Size: Length 2.25" Width 0.75" Height 0.8"
Carvings of beauties are often seen during the Qing dynasties and onwards. The expression of beauty seen in women is a classic tradition starting with Yang Guei Fei in the Tang dynasty. The soapstone carving is finely carved in a manner where the beauty is sleeping wrapped with a blanket around
Pair of Shinto Shrine Koma Inu (Foo Dogs)
Size: Length 6.5" Width 3.5" Height 8.75"
A rare early example of a pair of shrine dogs, known as “koma inu.” Dogs of this type came from China during the Asuka- Nara Period and the earliest mentions of these animals come from Heian literature. These dogs often flank the entrances of shrines and the thrones of the Emperor and Empress of Japan. In the 1980s, the Kyoto National Museum held an exhibition of these different dogs and the earliest examples come from the Heian and Kamakura Periods. This pair has similar elements to other pairs that are designated as important cultural properties such as those at Omiya Shrine which is the only shrine that continues to house a Kamakura Period pair.
The pair comes from a Colorado Estate and was purchased from a noted store in Kyoto 30 or so years ago. Interestingly, one of the pair contains an inscription with the name, Oshikawa Sa[nuki]; the name Oshikawa Sanuki would be associated with Oshikawa Sanuki no Kami, a samurai who was a vassal of the Shimazu clan during the 14th-15th centuries.
Black Natsume with Warabi Motif Makie Chu-Natsume
Late Showa Period
Size: To Come
The warabi or bracken is a plant native to Japan and often consumed during the spring season. In Japanese lacquer, this motif was often used by noted lacquer artists such as Hara Yoyusai and Hon'ami Koetsu in their works.
Kamakura Bori Lacquer Dish
Late Showa (1950-1970)
Size: Diameter 9.75" Height 1.75"
Hakkodo was originally a Buddhist sculpture studio based in Kamakura producing Buddhist statues in the Kei school (manner similar to Unkei and Kaikei) The studio existed in a region where for nearly 700 years generations of sculptors produced life-like images of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and various deities. However during the anti-Buddhist laws in the 1870s caused many to change their work and Hakkodo evolved into producing Kamakura style sculpted lacquer objects. Unlike guri or cinnabar, the Kamakura pieces are sculpted and a layer of red lacquer is applied. The stark contrasts and shadows produced from the sculpted pieces became popular both inside and outside of Japan.
Antique Karatsu or Seto Ware Jar
Edo or Meiji Period
Size: Diameter 13" Height 12.5"
The style of the stark contrast of dark blue to navy with a white over glaze like pattern is often seen in Chosen Karatsu or Tako Karatsu. However, the detail work on the chrysanthemum is rather often seen in Seto ware.
Antique Japanese Sign Board for Currency Exchange Business
Size: length 17" width 2.25" height 25.25"
The sign board is from a business who exchanged the currency used during the Edo period. Clients would bring coins or other precious metals which would be converted to the value given during the different periods in the Edo period (such as during the Tenpo era the value of one gold coin was different if it was during the Ansei era). The sign is in the shape of an ancient coin known as a bundou, where ancient Chinese coins were shaped in unusual knife and axe shapes. The sign comes with a metal fitting on the top.
Bamboo Basket for Charcoal Ceremony (Sumi Temae)
Period: Showa Period
Size: Diameter 10.25" Height 4.25"
The procedures for setting the charcoal for the hearth or the brazier is an important part of the way of tea. The finest baskets are used since the charcoal used is a specific type of wood and style only used in tea and not many in Japan produce this type of charcoal. Often baskets imported from China were used and subsequently, Japanese artist began to produce these baskets. Often a waxed black paper layer is added on the top so that the soot or other dust from the charcoal will not fall through onto the tatami creating a black mess.