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1. An antique Japanese kutani studio ceramic vase with fine polychrome gilt decoration of very
animated shishi ascending a symbolic Mt. Meru within a primordial sea. Meiji Period.

Measuring 9 ½" high.

 

         
         
 
 

2. An extraordinary Satsuma tripod covered reliquary dish with the very finest gold leaf and enamel portrait paintings of the Lohan or original disciples of the Buddha. Auspicious white Dragons surround both the top, at the lip of the bowl and the interior of the lid. The Satsuma Mon or heraldic crest, of the noble Satsuma clan, appears prominently on the lip, inside the lid and on the bottom. The Aoi Mon of the Tokugawa Shogun appears on either side of the top of the lid. All this is to demonstrate that this is no ordinary Satsuma and the inscription on the bottom is a declaration of this fact. Dai Nihon Great Japan, Toukouzan - a prominent artist, Satsuma Nishikidani - the place in Satsuma prefecture where it was made, Gen Gan - Specially Commissioned. Sculpted Kiku blossom knop. Circa 1890.

Measuring 8 ½” diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

3. An antique Chinese porcelain fish bowl decorated in a sumptuous array of lotus blossoms and pond leaves, ducks and butterflies. Beautifully painted in polychrome enamel over-glazes on a white ground. Raised on an elegant custom hongmu (rosewood) pedestal. Late Ching / early Republic Period, circa 1910.

Measuring 32 ½” high by 22 ½” dia.

 
         
         
 
 

4. An antique Japanese studio ceramic from the Sumida-gawa kiln. This very idiosyncratic ceramic ware was created for a limited time from the late Meiji (1867-1912) to the early Taisho (1912-25) periods, as the studio was destroyed during the great earthquake of 1923 and never rebuilt. Each piece of Sumida is hand sculpted, charming and unique, with this example depicting an older sister attempting to guide her younger siblings along a challenging mountain path. Signed Ban Ni, a member of the founding family of Ryosai. 

Measuring 11 ½” high by 5 ½” diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

5. A large and magnificent pair of antique Japanese cameo porcelain vases depicting mallards in flight among plum blossoms and peonies. The fine vitreous porcelain lends itself well to the sculpting process of the relief elements of each vase. Deep cobalt blue underglaze defines the elegant border that surrounds the base with foliate lotus patterns. The shoulder and mouth of each vase is surrounded in a pattern of foliate pennants in both cobalt and iron (red) underglaze and highlighted with gold leaf detail. Each turn of these vases reveals a composition in finely painted enamels of a beautiful meadow landscape. Signed on the base Dai Nihon (great Japan), Hichozan Shinpo Sei. Circa 1880-90.

Each measuring 20 ½” high by 12 ½” diameter, including custom stands.

 
         
         
 
 

6. An exquisitely detailed antique Japanese Satsuma baluster form vase with two prominent pictorial narratives; one an interior court scene featuring the Six Rokkasen or famous poets of Japan with two attendants, and the other a summer garden with women and children, an open air veranda, pond and wisteria and camellia blossoms. The paintings are then surrounded by a sumptuous array of millefiori at the shoulder and butterflies near the base. The neck and foot of the vase are detailed in stylized lotus petals. Signed Dai Nihon Gazan Zo with Satsuma Mon (heraldic crest). Meiji Period.

Measuring 10" high by 5 ¾" diameter.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

7. A beautiful antique Japanese Aritaware blue and white charger. The deep cobalt blue underglaze painting is of a wild pheasant resting on gnarled rootwood amidst flowering peony.
Circa 1880. 

Measuring 17 ¼” diameter.

 
     

 

 
     

 

 
 
 

8. An exquisite antique porcelain and bronze ormalu cache pot. The porcelain is an antique Japanese Imari bowl of lobed ovoid form with classic Imari red overglaze, cobalt blue underglaze and gold leaf detail. The bronze ormalu is finely tooled with stylized elephant head feet and fantastic mythological hydra (sea dragon) handles. The top and base are surrounded by an elegant pierced filigree of stylized lotus petals. An excellent example of 19th Century Chinoiserie.

Measuring 10" high by 15" wide by 8 ½" deep.

 
     

 

 
     

 

 
 
 

9. A masterpiece of antique Japanese cloisonné enamel art. This covered globe has two principle medallions. One depicting paired Phoenix, the other of Dragons, mythological creatures symbolizing the Empress and Emperor respectively, as well as the balance of the elemental forces of the feminine and masculine principles of nature. Fine silver wired cloisons define the remarkable detail of an overall ground of stylized traditional textile patterns. The ground of the medallions are transparent enamel within which has been suspended goldstone flecks that retain their brilliance, having been sealed in the firing (a highly technical and difficult process). At the top of these medallions is the Fuji Chrysanthemum, the ‘Mon’ or heraldic crest of the Imperial Family. Such a high quality, sophisticated work of cloisonné art as this, would likely have been commissioned as a presentation piece, to be given as a gift to a visiting dignitary. Circa 1890.

Measuring 18” high by 14 ½” wide by 11” deep.

 
         
         
 
 

10. An exquisite antique Japanese Satsuma covered tripod ‘Koro’ incense burner glazed with paintings of a stunning array of floating medallions depicting both legendary heroes and gentle genre scenes. These medallions are surrounded in fine heart shaped and lotus petal details of traditional textile patterns. The cover is pierced as an inverted chrysanthemum blossom form with a chrysanthemum bud serving as the knop. Satsuma is a fine biscuit pottery with characteristic crackled glaze and a series of firings in succession of high heat to low heat to create the artist’s chosen decoration. The gilding that accents all of the elements of the composition being fired at the final lowest temperature. Signed on the base with an impressed Kinkozan mark. Circa 1880.

Measuring 5 ¼” high by 5” diameter.