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1. A rare and exquisite antique Japanese gold lacquer and shibayama presentation tray with hand tooled silver enamel filigree frame. The narrative image depicts a favorite summer pastime for the historical Japanese family of releasing fireflies along the river bank. The lacquer landscape is finely executed in the most sophisticated techniques of togidashi, hiramakié, takamakié and kirigané. The father, mother, daughter and son are detailed in various inlays of ivory and colored aogai, creating luminescent silks in the reflected light of their lanterns. Such a refined and unique work of art would have likely been a commissioned work to be presented as a gift. Meiji period, circa 1890.

Measuring 6 ¾" high by 8 ½" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

2. An exquisite antique Japanese shibayama covered Koro with the very finest of selected inlay that is set within silver framed panels. The shape of the container is most unusual with gold and silver hiramakié foliate lotus blossoms that surround the shibayama panels and bands of stylized water patterns along the sides. The handles and knop respectively are hand tooled silver in the form of crashing waves and a crab emerging on a pebbled beach. The petal form feet each have a detail of the Fuji chrysanthemum, symbol of Imperial lineage. Signed Kanéko, on the base in a circular cartouche.  Meiji Period, circa 1890.

Measuring 4 ½" high.

 

         
         
 
 

3. An antique Burmese set of sixteen double sided Kammavaca or Buddhist manuscripts, written in Pali in red and black lacquer on a gold leaf ground. This set is accompanied by the original pair of gold leaf and red lacquer pictorial cover boards. Kammavaca are volumes consisting of extracts from the Theravadin Vinaya that relates to the traditional ceremonies of monks. Together with a manuscript chest of raised lacquer embellishment, gold leaf, inset mica and faceted glass. Circa 1890. 

Chest measures 5 ¼” high by 26 ¾” wide by 8 ¼” deep.

 

         
         
 
 

4. An antique Japanese iron tetsubin (tea kettle) with an attractive ishemei iron surface and bas relief camellia blossoms. The generous form is complemented by a broad iron handle with a domed lid with bud form knop. It rests on tripod feet beneath a broad rim for settling the tetsubin into sand and hot coals. The scale and decorative motif suggests the intended purpose was to serve at the many gatherings associated with traditional outdoor festivities.

Measuring 12 ¼" high by 10 ½" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

5. An antique Japanese bronze usubata of unusual sculpted form with high relief medallions of king fisher and iris on one side and quail and millet on the other. The tripod base are of three lions heads or "shishi" and the handles are stylized sea dragons. The rim of the usu (bowl) is engraved with a ring of key patterns. Circa 1880's.

Measuring 11" high by 12" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

6. An antique Chinese finely tooled silver teapot with a most auspicious hand engraved celestial dragon encircling the circumference. This very expressive dragon with flared nostrils and mystic flames that emanate from his shoulders and haunches, brings life to an otherwise mundane object. Both the organic form of the spout and the handle are rendered as bamboo, a symbol of strength and endurance. As the taking of tea evolved to ritual significance for so many cultures it is without pretense to presume that the artist's intention in the symbolic rendering of this vessel would be to imbue its contents with the qualities of an elixir. Wang Hing 'W H' studio mark. Circa 1890's.

Measuring 10 ¼" high.

 

         
         
 
 

7. A spectacular antique Japanese bronze temple vase by the renowned artist Seimin. This tall fluted dramatic form is evocative of a water spout as crashing waves rise from the base. The elegant form of the vase is further enhanced by the strong composition of a rectangular pair of handles that are mounted with powerful sculpted Dragons, each holding within his right talon a crystal pearl of wisdom. Such an extraordinary work of art would have been commissioned of the artist by a patron of the temple for which it was made. Signed Seimin. Bunsei Era (1818-1830).

Measuring 20” high by 15” diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

8. A one of a kind pair of antique Japanese bronze candle stands in the dynamic form of waterspouts scattered with an exquisite array of molluscs, upended by the force of the water. Both skill and imagination are demonstrated in this unique functional work of art. Japan, circa 1880.

Measuring 12 ΒΌ” high.

 
         
         
 
 

9. A superb quality pair of antique Japanese bronze candle stands with phoenix handles and encircling dragons. The bases of the stands are supported by lions head tripod legs mounted on circular foundations with engraved and cast details overall. The waist is a lotus dais from which double gourds emerge that hold a final lotus cup and pricket. Candle stands of this caliber are commissioned works and given the auspicious Buddhist symbols that dominate this sculptural composition, this pair would have been intended to grace an altar table in a temple or important family shrine.

Measuring 17 ½" high by 5 ½" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

10. An exquisite antique Japanese 22K gold inlaid iron miniature box of circular tripod form. This finely detailed work of art is hand tooled depicting a sacred crane wading in a shallow pool beneath a bower of fuji chrysanthemum. This principle medallion is then surrounded by a display of traditional textile patterns. Along the sides we see three gold inlaid landscapes of the literati style influence, separated by patterns of floating sakura (cherry blossoms). On the interior the heavily plated gold is engraved with narcissus (inside the lid) and bamboo and plover within the container. Inlaid gold Fuji Studio Seal. Taisho Period 1912-25.

Measuring 1" high by 2 ½"diameter.