A nice little Japanese Koransha dish with a design in dark blue of a cheery tree with red cherries. It measures 2 ½” long by 2” wide and is 1” deep. We date it to the late Showa period, 1960s-1980s. It is signed by the Koransha (Scented Orchid) workshop
on the base. The piece is in excellent condition.
Over three hundred years ago, Eizaemon Fukagawa began hand crafting porcelain in feudal Japan...
A Japanese Kutani ware sake cup with a very unusual shape. The cup has three lobes and is on a small foot. The design is that of maples leaves in the Fall.It measures 2 3/4" diameter and is 1 7/8" high. The impressed mark on the base reads "Kutani Kosen" - this Kutani-ware kiln and shop has been open since 1870. Dates to the late Meiji period, circa 1890-1915. Excellent condition.
A beautiful fine about 3" diameter Japanese ceramic box for incense ( kogo ). Wonderful glaze is
persimmon (kaki ) with dark green highlights. Cutouts in top in the shape of leaves to smell the
incense. Maker's mark on bottom.
A handsome tan glazed mukozuke molded i the shape of Mt. Fuji - small area of Oribe style glaze at the top to capture the feel of snow on the top of Fuji. Kanji characters in the well of the dish - not translated. Measures 4” high x 4” wide x ¾” deep – excellent condition. Old collectors or museum identification numbers in red on base. Mukozuke are small serving dishes often used at a kaiseki meal as part of the Tea Ceremony...
This is a fun little soapstone bottle stopper in the shape of a shi shi - nicely carved. We believe it is a Chinese piece from the way the shi shi is carved and because the Chinese use soapstone as a carving medium more often than the Japanese. The stopper measures 2 1/2" high and is 1" diameter. Fine condition.
We date it anytime between the 1920s and 1950s.
A carved wooden figure of a warrior on top a rearing horse. The horse is white with a red bridle and the rider has his arms raised. Many traces of old paint and two hands broken off. We believe it dates to the 19th century - possibly older. It measures 5 1/3" high by 3" wide by 2" deep and comes with a wooden stand.
This is a pretty little sake bottle done in a tan glaze with an overglaze of turquoise in a drip pattern. The bottle measures 5" tall and is 2 2/2" at its widest. We date it to the mid Showa period, circa 1950-1970s. It is in excellent condition. There is a two character mark on the base that has been translated as "Kotobuki" also as "Ju" - both of which mean Happiness and Long Life.
This is an Japanese blue and white oval shallow shaped bowl decorated by a transfer design of a dragon on the side of – or inside of – Fujiyama. The bowl is more of a squared end oval in shape. The dragon flies amidst several clouds – in one of which is a chip about ¼” diameter. It measures 8” long and is 5 ¾” wide by 1” deep. Excellent condition with the exception of the one chip in the one of the clouds. It dates from the late Meiji period, circa 1915-1925...
Charming small Chinese pottery dish with a classic dark maroon flambe glaze, unglazed
foot with an impressed mark. This little gem measures 4" in diameter and just under
1/2" deep. No way of determining age but I would bet it is early 20th century at the
A fine Arita plate in the shape of two overlayered four point stars. A decoration in underglaze blue and white of mushrooms. Early 20th century.
A fine early pair of Japanese folk art (Mingei) wooden dishes such as would be used in the tea
ceremony. Both are made from cross sections of very old trees as evidenced by the scores of tiny
growth tree rings. Deeply etched landscape scenes and calligraphy highlighted with sumi ink. The
largest is 3 1/2" in diameter at the widest and the smaller one is the same width at widest but 1/2"
inches narrower in the other direction. Believed to be mid-Meiji or earlier from the fine patina.
A Showa period studio pottery charger circa 1950-1970. Glazed in a colorful turquoise ground with streaks of tan and gold – three resist formed bamboo leaves in dark brown/black – the obverse has a medium tan glaze and an impressed mark which reads “Gyokuzan”. The charger measures 10 1/2" diameter by 1 3/4" deep. Excellent condition.
An interesting comb or brush folk art piece which we would date to the late 19th century. A design has been burned into the handle with a heated tool. On one side the design is that of flowers and leaves - on the other is a design of a small boy carrying a goose while an elder looks on. Although the characters in the design have a Chinese appearance based on the hair styles, we believe the piece is of Japanese origin. The Kanji signature on the one side translates to "Kogen Made"...
This is a 20th century Japanese wooden temple bell known as a mokugyo. This example measures 3” by 3” by 2” thick. It shows some signs of wear but we believe it to be early to mid Showa, circa 1930-1960. It is in excellent condition.
A wooden fish - Japanese: mokugyo), (Korean: moktak), sometimes known as a Chinese block, is a wooden percussion instrument similar to the Western wood block. The wooden fish is used by monks and laity in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition...
A handsome set of seven Japanese bamboo mukozuke that have been lacquered with a dark rust brown lacquer. The seven dishes measure 3 1/4" long by 2" wide by 3/4" high at the ends. The dark lacquer would have been a lovely contrast to the raw fish normally used in the mokuzuke serving. We date these to the mid Taisho to early Showa period, circa 1925-1940. They are in excellent condition.
A Mukozuke is a small dish used in the Japanese tea ceremony...
A floral design Japanese porcelain plate with a four character mark that translates to “Made by Fukugawa”. The plate has a wavy brown edge and a simple design of Spring flowers in cavetto. It measures 6 ½” diameter and ¾” high – excellent condition. We date it to the late Taisho era, circa 1912-1925.
A Kutani teapot with offset handle decorated in the Kaga style with the overglaze enamel in a rust red color – in one reserve we find a floral design – on the other side is a frisky gamboling shi shi dog. The lid has a finely painted ho-o bird covering almost the entire lid. On the base of the handle is the two mark Kutani mark (ku – meaning "nine" and tani – meaning "mountain'...
This is a fine MODERN copy of a porcelain cup from the service made for a prince of Western Tumed who married a daughter of the Emperor Tao Kuang (Daoguang – 1821-1850)...