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.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #713907 (stock #1)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$250.00
This is a lovely pottery waterdropper as used by scholars to apply small amounts of water to the solidified ink stones when doing calligraphy. Great shape of a classic double gourd with dark green leaf leaning against a small cup. I believe this piece dates from the mid 19th century. What has me puzzled is the exact pottery style - it appears to be Chinese Yixing purple clay ware - but could equally be Japanese Banko ware of the period...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1261252 (stock #40)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
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This is a very well made bronze water dropper made in the shape of the traditional long tailed turtle. The tortoise holds a small round cup in its mouth that would have been used to drip the water onto the solid inkstone. A hole in the middle of the carapace is where the water would be poured into the body of the figure. The piece measures 4.9" long by 2.4" wide by 1.7" high at it highest - it weighs 6.7 ounces...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Wood : Pre 1837 VR item #1213862 (stock #GRG STRG)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$895.00
This is a very handsome scholar's huanghuali chest with almost all of it's original hardware. The chest measures 17 1/4" long by 10 3/4" deep by 9 1/2" high and still has all of its original hand wrought bronze hardware. A 1 1/2" deep tray fits inside the chest - this was recently restored as one of the corner rests had come loose and was re-glued in position. The bottom of the chest is not polished.There are few nicks in the wood from extended usage...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #308933 (stock #5)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
An Arita rectangular water dropper with underglaze blue border surrounding a low relief molded chrysanthemum. One side of the dropper is rough and it appears to have been used as a match striking surface; probably to soften the hard ink before using the water to mix it further. The piece is in excellent condition with the usual ink stains at the spout and at the top water entry hole...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #740578 (stock #55)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
A Chinese viewing stone for the scholars desk. This one is made of pure quartzite and resembles a group of ice boulders piled up – perhaps like the end of a glacier. The stone measures 6” wide by 4 ½” high by 3 ¾” deep and is mounted on a nicely fitted wooden stand with legs. We believe this one dates from the late 19th to early 20th century...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1259411 (stock #74)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$495.00
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A Japanese Meiji to Taisho lacquer suzuribako – omega shaped with two makie gold lacquer butterflies facing each other in the center of the upper section. There is a geometric border in makie gold on the outside edges and an inkstone inside...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #967782 (stock #61)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
This is a small brush washer on tripod legs glazed in a lovely soft turquoise/celadon glaze. On the side and top of the rim is a design of low relief flowers connected with vines. The top opening of the piece has an evert rim – probably useful in rubbing the excess ink off the brush as it emerges from inside. The inside is white glazed and shows signs of old ink from brushes having been dipped into the washer.

The brush washer measures 2 7/8” diameter and is 1 5/8” deep...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Okimono : Pre 1900 item #1285260 (stock #58)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$225.00
This a small but handsome wooden sculpture of a famous scholar of the Heian Period - see Footnote. The piece measures 3.3" (8.4cm) high by 2" (5.2cm) and is 3.5" (8.9cm) wide - it weighs 1.2 ounces (34 grams). While the entire piece is covered with years of incense smoke, the man still can be seen to have a very beautiful and calm face. It is in excellent condition - just a few flakes missing from back of the tall piece on his headdress...
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1240943 (stock #Stdy-Shlvs)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$895.00
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This is an usual fine black lacquered suzuribako with a makie design of the "Three Friends of Winter" in low makie relief...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1122440 (stock #1)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
A small Japanese water dropper (suiteki) – solid white glaze porcelain with the exception of five orange dots used to highlight the central prunus blossom. The blossom and scrolling vines are molded into the dropper. Measures 2 3/6" by 1 7/8" and stands 7/8" high on four short feet located at the corners. Excellent condition with some evidence of wear on the bottom of the feet and ink stains at the corner hole where the water drips out. We date it to the late Meiji to Taisho period, circa 1900...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #737136 (stock #40)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
An unusual viewing stone for the scholars desk made of a light tan stone with pink blotches on all sides. There are obvious took marks that make it clear that the stone was enhanced to bring out the contrasting colors. It comes in a small wooden stand – not very well made but it does give the stone solid stability. The stone measures 5” high by 4” wide by 1 ¼” thick and is in excellent condition. We believe it dates from the early 20th century.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1279032 (stock #46A)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$195.00
A charming Japanese pottery water dropper, suiteki, used by scholars to moisten the solid sumi ink for use in calligraphy or pictures. The suiteki measures 1.6" long by 1.3" wide by .9" thick. It is in very fine condition with one small chip on the bottom edge and the bottom of the piece does show normal surface wear from usage. We date the piece to the mid Meiji period, circa 1880s-90s.

The top of the suiteki has a relief design of a Japanese crane in flight with its legs streaming out...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #484732 (stock #7)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$195.00
An Arita rectangular water dropper with underglaze blue border surrounding a low relief molded chrysanthemum. This dropper is similar to another one on our site - #308933 - but is more finely detailed on the flower petals. One side of the dropper is very slightly rough and it appears to have been used as a match striking surface; probably to soften the hard ink before using the water to mix it further. The piece is in excellent condition with the usual ink stains at the spout and at the top wate...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1261939 (stock #45-2)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
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A charming Japanese pottery water dropper, suiteki, used by scholars in preparing the sumi ink for calligraphy. This fine piece is shaped in the form of Mt. Fuji - but has the face of Okame peeking out of the side. When looked at from the side, the peak of Fuji-San then resembles a pointed hat on Okame's head. The piece is unglazed with the exception of six small white enamel dots below Okame's face - somewhat like a necklace.

The base of the suiteki is concave and one can see the swi...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1263164 (stock #23)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$250.00
A pottery blowfish Suiteki - late Edo to early Meiji. Small, fish-shaped suiteki or water dropper is hand made and rough in design - we think the fish is a blowfish. The suiteki were used to dampen the ink cake used by scholars in preparing the ink for calligraphic work. It appears to be some type of early studio pottery and measures 3" long, 2" high and 1.75" wide. We believe it to be Japanese and that it's an older item because it was purchased as part of a collection of water droppers dating ...