Japanese Antiques by Ichiban Oriental and Asian Art
Starting in 2008 we began to start phasing out our business as we approached the time to retire. Since that time we have sold over 3500 items We had every confidence that we would be able to complete our closing down within two years. However we find that we are still left with 500 plus items to sell.So we are now taking more action - All items in our catalog priced at $250 or lower are now on sale at a discount of 50 % from the Listed Price. And all items priced above $250 are now on sale at a 45% discount. (The only exceptions to these discounts are the very few items listed as "Please Inquire").

Now we have added another idea to the phasing out process. We now have this new wording on 85 of the items in our on-line inventory - "Or Best Offer". These "Best Offer" items are scattered throughout the entire inventory - they are in all price ranges - from many different countries - and constitute a full range of materials from prints to ceramics to snuff bottles, etc. As each of these items are sold - we will then add another item to the "Best Offer" group so that at all times we have 85 such items listed.

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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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1262378 (stock #40)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
SOLD
This is a Japanese bronze double gourd Suiteki - a waterdropper used in dampening the sold inkstone used by scholars when doing calligraphy. The piece measures 2 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches x 3/4 inch tall and dates from the late Meiji period, circa 1890-1910. The gourd is shown with a cord wrapped around its middle and with a short ax leaning against the side. We have never seen a suiteki with an ax included in the design, so have no idea as to its significance...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1261939 (stock #45-2)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1261252 (stock #40)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
OR BEST OFFER
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 : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #1260771 (stock #58)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$495.00
A scholars viewing stone made from what appears to be soapstone with aggregates of other rocks – different colors of grey, pale yellow, bluish grey and dark streaks. Obvious signs of some tooling to smooth the stone out and bring out the natural colors. The stone is in a poorly carved stand that has been stained a dark red – it would need some more work to make it a stable stand. The stone measures 8 ½” wide by 5 ½” high by 1 ¼” thick...
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 #1259411 (stock #74)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$495.00
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 : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1240943 (stock #Stdy-Shlvs)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$895.00
OR BEST OFFER
This is an usual fine black lacquered suzuribako with a makie design of the "Three Friends of Winter" in low makie relief. (See Footnote). The sparse design is on a matte black roiro background rather than the normally very shiny black. The design is that of a sprig of bamboo, one of pine and one of prunus - with a dark black raised stem...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1231065 (stock #75)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$595.00
This is a handsome Chinese writing box dating from the early to mid 20th century. It measures 7.8" by 9.6" and is 2.3" deep. The entire outside of the box is covered in very thick and deeply embossed Tsuishu lacquer. It has a pattern of a crane standing on a rock that is surrounded by stylized waves - above the crane are branches of bamboo and pine. The interior of the box contains two fitted long black lacquer pieces that would have been used to hold the paper down...
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. (A very similar chest was sold through E-G...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1212887 (stock #40)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$195.00
This is a fine small bronze Chinese brush pot measuring 3 `/1" high by 4 1/2" diameter at the top by 3" diameter at the base. It features two Chinese character in low relief - these translate as "long life" and "happiness". The large characters are surrounded on two sides by two fierce dragons.

We believe the metal to be a brass/bronze alloy. It is in very fine conditon - a couple of minor dents from usage and some verdi gris patina on the inside of the brush pot. It does not appear to...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1910 item #1211711 (stock #1)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$495.00
This is a fine Chinese jade brush pot in a slanted design and with a relief carving of bamboo shoots and leaves. The brush pot measures 3 1/8" high at the high point on the back edge - is 2 1/2" high at the lower lip. It measures 2 1/4" wide and is 2" thick at the top.

The slated open top is an oval opening measuring 2" by 1" and the base measures 1 3/8" by 1". The brush pot is a lovely soft celadon color. The carved bamboo design appears to have been hand carved - not done with modern...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1930 item #1141348 (stock #17)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$895.00
This is a handsome pair of scroll weights made from Hongmu wood and having inserts on the top of each of bamboo. On the bamboo inserts is a design of landscapes and calligraphy. They were made by a carver by the name of Mu Shan; whose surname Zhou is seen in the little seal under the characters. The calligraphy on the two sticks reads as “Autumn Scenery and Vase Skies".

The weights each measure 9” long by 1 ¼” wide by 1 ½” deep and are in excellent condition. We date them to t...

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 : 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. It is in...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #932730 (stock #46)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$495.00
A very finely carved bamboo wrist rest as used in the scholar's studio to protect the item he is painting from having the ink smear. The design on this piece is a fascinating picture of Kwanyin riding on the back of a fierce fire breathing animal - possibly a shi shi (although they are usually shown as more benign). The design is all hand carved.

The wrist rest measured 9 3/4" long by 3 3/4" wide and is 7/8" high at the tallest point of the curved top. It is in excellent condition wit...

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.

Chinese scholars' rocks, also known as scholar stones or viewing stones, are small shaped or naturally-occurring rocks appreciated ...
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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