Japanese Antiques by Ichiban Oriental and Asian Art

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #913934 (stock #17)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$350.00
This is a smallish Chinese bronze β€œGU” form – with totally plain simple design. The piece measures 4 ¾” high and is 4” diameter at the top. It is in very good shape – fine patina – one ½” crack in the bottom rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #971726 (stock #20)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
This sweet small kogo (covered box) has an overall design called "cracked ice" and is done in blue on white. That motif was design based on an old Chinese motif called "cracked ice". The theme is meant to symbolize Spring with the design on plum blossoms (prunus) falling on an ice covered pond or lake that is beginning to thaw and crack. The top of the kogo has a finial shaped as a white flower bud just starting to open. The piece measures 3” diameter and is 2 ¼” high...
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...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1264538 (stock #30)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
This is an unique rendition of the Daruma carved from a natural burl wood. The head is masterfully carved and finished while the rest of the wood is left in it's natural state and cleverly depicts his flowing robes. The head is carved in the style known as itta-bori carving, which means "one knife carving". It is mounted on a fine dark wood base. Very good condition with no chips or cracks. It measures 6 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" high and is 2 3/4" deep. The stand is 6 1/4" by 3 3/4" by 1 1/2"...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1091252 (stock #25)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$125.00
This is small round sake dish with a bright design in over the glaze enamel of a Kabuki Actor in full regalia. The dish measures 2 3/4 diameter at the top, is 1 1/8" deep at the rim and has a 1" square raised foot.

The piece is in excellent condition and we date it to the late Meiji period, circa 1880s-1910. It has a mark on the top that translates as "Ishibashi".

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Glass : Pre 1900 item #1265218 (stock #62)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
A very simple and lovely Peking glass small vase made to simulate a pale celadon nephrite jade. As Peking glass makers experimented with their craft, they delighted in coming up with formulae that could simulate various minerals such as jade, hardstones, agates, etc. This is a classic simulation of nephrite jade with slight streakiness in the interior to replicate the natural striations in jade. There is a very thin layer of whitish glass lining the interior of the neck...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1256400 (stock #9)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$695.00
A beautiful, late Meiji signed hand-painted studio porcelain bowl with design of a pink peony with ochre center and blue leaves. The bowl formed as a five petal lobed shape with notched lobes. Signed Tominaga Genroku on base in 3 characters - for an example of this signature, see – β€œTreasures of Imperial Japan - Ceramics from the Khalili Collection”, Natl. Museum of Wales, 1994, p...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1237085 (stock #Stdy-Shlves)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$195.00
This is a handsome Japanese lacquer tray with a design of dianthus flowers executed in makie lacquer on a shiny black roiro ground. Three different types of gold lacquer are used in this piece - Makie (low relief), Takamakie (high relief) and red lacquer to form the flowers

The tray measures 11.4 " inches square and is 3.0" high at the rim - it sits on four triangular legs. It is in excellent condition - there are very small chips at the base of one of two legs...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #968583 (stock #20)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
This is an attractive Arita blue and white porcelain dish decorated with radishes, daikon in Japanese. There is a border of flowers and the daikon radishes are in a reserve with a circular blue line. The entire design is in underglaze cobalt blue. The back of the plate has a simple white glaze. The clay had some irregularities in at that show through in spots of the glaze – notice in particular the kiln flaws on the bottom of the plate. It measures 9” diameter and is 1 ½” high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Snuff Bottles : Pre 1900 item #334264 (stock #SNF)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$250.00
A molded pottery snuff bottle with a soft medium blue glaze. The bottle modeled with in low relief with a design of flowers in a reserve on both sides of the bottle - the reserves framed by geometric curve on the sides and anchored by circles of dots top and bottom. Two handles on the sides and a raised pedestal foot accentuate the bottle which is in a flattened form. The bottle measures just over 2 5/8" high and is 1 3/4" wide at the waist by 3/4" thick...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1233622 (stock #15)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$995.00
This fine slim double gourd Tokkuri has an elaborate overglaze enamel decoration of a lohan and a dragon. At the bottom of the piece, there is a fine picture of a seated lohan holding up a cup to the heavens in his right hand – possibly to appease the dragon overhead. The dragon surrounds the thinner upper part of the tokkuri and is surrounded by clouds.

On another side of the lower half is a design of a large floral arrangement in a vase on top of a red lacquer table. Two other desi...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #825854 (stock #18)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$450.00
A very dynamic large 12” diameter charger decorated in thick overglaze enamels on a white porcelain base. The design is that of two fishing boats – both of which have thatched roofs and furled sails. The two fishermen appear to be either talking or passing some object from one boat to the other. The scene is bordered in a four-cornered thin band to frame the main picture and the rim has a colorful larger band of geometric red flowers and intersecting lines. The underside of the bowl is not d...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1910 item #1035010 (stock #22)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
This is a very fine set of seven lacquer Mukozuke with a highly shiny reddish brown lacquer finish on the top and sides – and a black roiro lacquer on the inside of the footed base. Mukozuke were used in the formal tea ceremony to serve mukōzuke foods in a dish arranged on the far side of the meal tray for each guest, which is why it is called mukōzuke (lit., "set to the far side"). Often this might be some kind of sashimi.

Each of the seven pieces measure 4 ¼” square an...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1276433 (stock #45-2)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
This is a set of five Japanese condiment or sauce dishes in the shape of Okame's face. These small dishes are hand shaped porcelain impressed with Okame's face in low relief on the front. They are each slightly different as might be expected. On average they measure 3" tall by 2 3/8" wide by 1/2" deep and the color ranges from a light grey to a pure white to a light celadon. I believe these date from the late Edo to early Meiji period, circa 1850-1880s, from the look of the glaze and the shape o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1277841 (stock #73)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
Price is for the Pair
When we first acquired this pair of wooden molds many years ago we were told that they were Rice Molds. However, after a lot of research, I have found that rice balls -- called "onigiri" in Japanese are traditionally a favorite food to pack in bento boxes. They are traditionally molded into a round ball or a triangle. Since these molds were apparently not meant for that shape, we did some more research.

In doing so, we found another type of mold called a Kashigata - usually made of saku...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1837 VR item #1143475 (stock #18)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$250.00
Here we have a very fine carved coconut tea cup with a design of Shou symbols surrounded with Buddhist icons of The Endless Knot (See footnotes) and stylized clouds.

The cup measures 3 1/8” diameter at the top and is 1 5/8” high at the rim. This early Qing dynasty cup was carved from a coconut shell, and lined with pewter metal which was probably originally coated with silver. The Chinese believed that silver would tarnish when in contact with poison. Many wealthy Chinese liked to u...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1837 VR item #726184 (stock #12)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
An Arita blue and white dish with a design of two horses gamboling in a meadow. There are small hills or mountains in the distance. On the reverse is a loosely drawn design of karakusa vines. The foot has the spur used in the kilns to hold the dish up from the floor of the kiln – however, some kiln grit still managed to adhere to the inner rim of the dish. We date the dish to the mid to late Edo period, circa 1780s to 1850s. It is in generally good condition – there are two early repairs t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1900 item #1259768 (stock #SNFF BXS)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
This is an antique Chinese pounce pot - a small container with holed in the top which was used to contain powder "Pounce" for blotting ink. Pounce ultimately derives from the Latin for pumice via the old French word "ponce". It is a fine powder, most often made from powdered cuttlefish bone that was used both to dry ink and to sprinkle on a rough writing surface. This them made the smooth enough for writing by scholars doing calligraphy or ink paintings.

It is in the shape of a charm...