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 700 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"). At these prices we do ask that buyers pay the shipping and insurance. Many thanks for your patronage all these years.




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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1930 item #723974 (stock #ICHI 2962-A5)
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 1920 item #713907
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 : Archives : Regional Art : Pre 1700 item #579782 (stock #Ichi 1946)
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A polychrome wooden figure of the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion - Kwanyin (Guanyin) - dating from the late Ming dynasty circa 1550-1625. She is shown seated in the posture known as Royal Repose with her right leg raised and resting on a rocky ledge and her right arm resting on her right knee - the right hand is missing. The left leg rests on a lower ledge of the rock and her left hand on a higher ledge...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Middle Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1837 VR item #542692 (stock #Ichi 3288)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$125.00
A PERSIAN QAJAR BRASS SCRIBES SET - an enclosed metal brush holder used when by a Persian scribe. The hinged bowl held the thick,pasty ink and the hollow handle held the long handled brush. This fine example is unembellished with a stylized geometric floral pattern -probably of lotus buds. The ink pot has a hinged lid with a swiveling lock to hold it closed.

The piece measures 7 3/8" in length. - the ink pot is 1 3/4" by 1"...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #484732 (stock #COLL-1110-A4)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$200.00
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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Metalwork : Pre 1800 item #442503 (stock #Ichi2486)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
A nicely molded and patinated Bronze scroll weight in the shape of Liu Hai riding on the back of his companion, the three legged toad. This miniature charmer measures 1 5/8" high by 1 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep. We date this piece to the late Ming to very early Qing Dynasty circa 1550-1725. The condition is excellent with fine patina.

Liu Hai is a very important Chinese god who represents prosperity and wealth...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1837 VR item #364808 (stock #CCT-05009 )
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A very handsome and fine Zitan small brush pot, carved to look like a stalk of bamboo. This superb piece measures 3 5/8" tall by 2 1/4" diameter (5.6 x 9.8cm) This very rare brushpot has four sections of the bamboo carved into it, not the normal three. It was made in the Middle Qing, circa 1750-1825, this shape is extremely rare. The 4-ringed pots in the Beijing market are rare as hen's teeth and are always priced much higher than the 3-ringed ones. In zitan, such pieces are even rarer...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #360308 (stock #Ichi 4127-A7)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$395.00
Japanese Meiji to Taisho lacquer suzuribako – omega shaped with two makie gold lacquer butterflies facing each other in the center of the upper section – geometric border in makie gold edges – inkstone inside – two cracks on lower box flanking the inkstone...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #308933
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Scholar Art : Pre 1920 item #305425 (stock #Ichi 3995)
Ichiban Japanese and Oriental Antiques
$295.00
A very attractive Chinese 19th century scholars water dropper executed in the Ming style but dating from the 19th century. . The piece is executed in lovely blue underglaze and is formed in the shape of a Chinese Junk vessel. In addition to the opening on the spout, there is a further opening at the top of the dropper...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #274350 (stock #Ichi-3856)
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This is a pair of scholars scroll weights in the shape of the traditional Chinese stringed instrument know as the Qin or guchin. They are perfect miniature versions of the famed scholars instrument right down to the inlaid ivory pins that would have indicated the harmonic division on the strings of a full size Qin. The main body of the weights is carved from the rare and highly prized purpled sandalwood known as Zitan. Each weight has a beautiful lighter colored wood band in the middle that is ...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1700 item #257705 (stock #IchiV1022)
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This is seventeenth century, Ming Dynasty, bitong - a brushpot used by scholars for storage of the brushes used in calligraphy. The wood grain is about the loveliest we have ever had in a brushpot - highly varied graining. The wood is Huanghauli (Yellow Rose) and is one of the most beautifully grained of that species that we have seen. There are the usual guilian-er throughout the pot, the little whorls on the side which look like "ghost faces" - then fine swirling grains that give the pot its d...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1900 item #196461 (stock #IchiV10117)
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This is one of the largest rootwood brushpots we have ever had - a truly powerful and fine example of the genre. This brushpot measures 8" high and is 9" wide x 5 1/2" wide at the top and 7 1/2" wide x 5" wide at the base. Excellent condition with no cracks or restorations anywhere - soft warm patina - the base is solid as the pot was carved from a single piece of highly burled wood. We date this piece from the mid to late 19th century. A host of beautiful lighter colored knots highlight the pi...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #195994 (stock #IchiV1015)
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We have just acquired a very important collection of rare scholars brush pots and other scholars items dating from late Ming to early Qing dynasties. This is one of those fine brushpots - made from Huanghuali and measuring 5 1/4"(13.3cm)high x 4 1/2" (11.43cm) diameter at the top and 4 3/16" diameter at the base. This pot has at least 7 guilian-er throughout the pot, the little whorls on the side which look like "ghost faces". The color is a soft honey tone. The bottom is a solid extension of t...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1800 item #195806 (stock #IchiV1114)
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This is an exquisite nearly perfect cube shape 18th century box for the scholars desk. It is made of the most wonderfully grained burl wood one could ask for and is in outstanding condition. The box measures 4 1/2" square and stands 4" tall. No cracks, chips or restorations - just beautiful grain and patina. A renowned expert on Chinese woods and furniture had this to say about Hua Mu - " Much used for embellishing pieces often framed with the finest of the hard- woods, and therefore to be me...