Japanese Antiques by Ichiban Oriental and Asian Art

Our Phasing Out Process Continues. As of December 1, 2014, ALL items in our catalog are now on sale at a discount of FIFTY PER CENT - 50 % - from the Listed Price.

In addition, Twenty Five Per Cent - 25 % of the items in our inventory carry the phrase - "Or Best Offer". These "Best Offer" items are scattered throughout the entire inventory. As each of these items are sold - we will then add another item to the "Best Offer" group.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1270639 (stock #SHLVS)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$3,400.00
This is a Japanese suzuribako (inkstone writers box) with wonderful lacquer designs on both the outside and the inside. The design is executed in four different types of gold lacquer - Makie (low relief), Takamakie (high relief), Kana-gai (small squares of gold leaf inlaid in a pattern) and Nashiji (pear skin) lacquer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre AD 1000 item #1260924 (stock #STDY TBL)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$3,250.00
This is a section of a Gandharan frieze made of Schist stone that was taken from the base of a larger frieze - probably either supporting a figure of the Buddha or a series if sculptures depicting the life of Buddha. (At the Freer Museum in D.C...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Pre AD 1000 item #568689 (stock #39)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$2,500.00
A rare 2nd-4th century Gandharan terracotta head of a Bodhisattva. This terracotta head of a Bodhisattva is beautifully modeled and had very little damage. Excellent detail to the Graeco/Roman style hair and the mustache - the overall effect is one of serenity. It would appear that it was buried for centuries – probably resting on the left side of the face as that side shows some light burial degradation...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1900 item #1258366 (stock #INROS)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$2,200.00
Was $2,800 - Now $2,200
This beautiful four case inro suite is done in a rare technique known as Somada lacquer - see footnote. It was de-accessioned by an Ohio museum some time ago to benefit their acquisition fund. The design is one of the most complex examples of Somada lacquer to be found as it covers both sides of the inro almost completely. The design is of two Ho-o Birds - one per side. On one side the bird is standing erect on a tree branch and is surrounded with a myriad of branches and leaves...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre AD 1000 item #1240553 (stock #39)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,900.00
This Gandharan schist head likely represents Prince Siddhartha, the Buddha, prior to his enlightenment, which accounts for his princely garb. He is adorned with a crown that has a shell shaped emblem, as well as earrings. Typical of Gandharan sculptures of this period are the finely arched eyebrows, almond-shaped half-closed eyes, straight nose, and undulating mustache.

The piece measures 6 1/2" high by 3 3/4" wide by 3 1/2" deep...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1900 item #1212502 (stock #46-1)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,800.00
OR BEST OFFER
This is a superb lacquer kogo in the shape of the traditional Japanese wooden instrument called a KOTO - see footnote. There are a number if lacquer techniques used in making this unusually rare piece. Typically, these stringed instruments are made of kiri wood...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Central Asian : Pre AD 1000 item #1265587 (stock #STDY)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,500.00
An interesting large grey schist carving of Mourners at Buddha's funeral - dates from the 2nd/3rd century. This fine piece is mounted safely on a shiny lacquered back board and measures 14" x 7 1/2" x 2 1/2" exclusive of its mounting.

The Gandharan Empire was located in what is now largely occupied by North West India, Pakistan and Afghanistan...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Inro and Sagemono : Pre 1837 VR item #1254508 (stock #INROS)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,500.00
Was $1,800 - Now - $1,500
This is a very fine five case inro made in the lacquer style known as TSUIKOKU (Carved Lacquer)- with the top carved layer of black lacquer carved upon the lighter brown lacquer layer of brown small connected star-like figures. The outer black lacquer layer is also known as heap black.

The design of the inro is of three bearded men standing and conversing with one another on one side of the piece. In the distance above their heads a temple and a flowing river can be seen...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Southeast Asian : Ceramics : Pre 1800 item #1129309 (stock #10)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,500.00
This is a Sawankhalok kendi with a bulbous body, a short neck, a flange around the mouth and a mammary spout. It is decorated on the body and spout with low relief floral and geometric motifs and is glazed in a medium celadon olive green glaze. The kendi dates from circa the 15th-16th century. The kendi measures 5 ½” high and is 5 ¼” from the tip of the spout to the back of the body. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restorations...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1146731 (stock #86)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,400.00
A very fine quality early Japanese Kendi with pale green, blue, yellow, pink and red decoration in overglaze enamels. The design includes a faintly seen ho-o (phoenix) bird).The colors of the enamels are highly reminiscent of early Kakiemon pieces, however we believe this piece to be early Ko-Imari. The top rim and the end of the spout are circled in a soft silver colored metal (not tested) with a finely chased geometric rim on circle at the top and a stylized flower on the metal spout closer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Textiles : Pre 1900 item #1265519 (stock #SHLVS)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,400.00
OR BEST OFFER
This very beautiful fukusa has a large embroidered design of the famed "Legend of Takasago" - see footnote. On this piece Jou, the old man, is carrying a rake and a fan - both made from couched gold thread. Uba, the old woman, carries her broom which is also of couched gold thread. Their garments are made from a variety of colored threads - some couched some of free embroidery...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1837 VR item #962928 (stock #PR)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,400.00
This is a superb watercolor of an important personage arriving in a Palanquin and being greeted by a group of samurai and attendants. It is clear that one of the attendants is holding the reins of a magnificent black stallion on which the personage is to ride. The person in the palanquin must have been either a Daimyo (*1) or even a Shogun(*2) to rate such a reception.

The piece is done in fine detail with still vibrant watercolors. There are some slight wrinkles under the framed glas...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : India : Pre AD 1000 item #436642 (stock #STDY - TV)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,200.00
Stucco Head of Buddha - 71/2" tall plus stand - light very old damage to nose, cheek, one ear, usnisa reattached. The piece measures 13" high including the wooded stand which is wood painted black. The head itself measures 7 1/2" tall and is 4 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" deep. A very beautiful piece that dates from the 3rd/4th century.

The Gandharan Empire was located in what is now largely occupied by North West India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The art and sculpture of the region that has come...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1700 item #1261748 (stock #6)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,200.00
This is an excellent example of late Ming blue and white ceramics known as Swatow ware. In the classic reference book, “Chinese Blue and White Ceramics” by S.T. Yeo and Jean Martin, Arts Oriental, 1978 – “Late Ming blue and white ceramics were made in Kwantung and Fukier provinces and commonly found in S.E Asia and exported through the port of Swatow. This ware is heavily potted and boldly decorated with flowers, a phoenix, geometric figures, etc. - the bases of Swatow ware are typically...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1209411 (stock #60)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,200.00
This is a striking pottery figure in Tzu Chou (Cizhou) ceramic with a tan glaze and dark brown and black highlights. It portrays a standing man with his arms lightly folded. His hair is shaped into two top knots on the opposite sides of his head. His facial features are outlined in a dark brown - and there is a very tiny black beard just under the center of his lower lip. The piece is 9 1/2" tall by 3 1/2" wide by 2 7/8" deep.

There are some few brown overglaze features outlining his ...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #1250568 (stock #38)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,100.00
A beautiful Chinese blue and white porcelain censer or table lamp. At first we thought this piece was an incense burner - but it might well be an early form of a lamp as the base has a raised platform that looks perfect for holding a candle. We have seen many blue and white censers but never one like this where the almost the entire outer shell comes down over a short base with the raised platform seen in the photos.

The outside of the piece is finely decorated in a very well painted sc...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1900 item #1275596 (stock #SHLVS)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,100.00
This 19th century Japanese wooden architectural element , which represents the head of the elephant-like creature known as a “Baku” (“eater of dreams”), was originally mounted as an ornament under the corner roof eaves of a Japanese shrine or temple. Architectural temple elements, particularly those in the form of a Baku, are quite rare and seldom seen on the market today. This fierce mythical animal was expressively carved in great detail from a thick and richly grained single block of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Devotional Objects : Pre 1800 item #1257205 (stock #70)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$1,100.00
This is a very handsome 500 year old okimono (figure) of a Buddhist Priest in a sitting position. It dates from the late Momoyama period (1568-1600) to the early Edo period, circa 1600-1700. We think that the piece is a representation of a priest by the headdress he wears. The okimono measures 9 1/2 " high by 7 " wide by 5 1/2" deep. In general, the figure is in good condition for a wooden piece this old. The man's hands were lost at some point in time and the loss of the colorful paint that o...