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11. A beautifully decorated antique Japanese satsuma charger depicting a cockerel and hen beneath a flowering cherry tree. With subtle tone and shading the artist creates a misty scene just before dawn as the gray of night recedes. In the distance is a thatched farm house and in the foreground camellia blossoms and meadow flowers. The overall surface of the plate is suffused with a fine crackle glaze. Bordered in a gold leaf floret pattern. Signed with a Kinkozan Studio impressed seal. Circa 1890.

Measuring 12" diameter.

 

         
         
 
 

12. A tall attractive antique Japanese satsuma vase richly decorated with medallions of Buddhist Arhats (disciples of the Buddha), samurai, geisha and various genre scenes, suspended in a ground of traditional textile patterns. To create this commanding work of art would have required a very complex series of firings from the high heat intensity of the overall crackle, to a sequence of graduated firings for the polychrome enamels to the lowest heat intensity for warming and adhering the gold leaf detail. Signed Satsuma Hododa and dedicated with both the satsuma mon (heraldic crest) and the Imperial kiku mon.

Measuring 18" high by 9" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

13. A magnificent antique Japanese Satsuma temple vase depicting a gathering of the patriarchs of Buddhism. Each of these Buddhist holy men or Sennin are a specifically rendered portrait made further identifiable by their accompanying attributes. Handaka Sonja and his Dragon, Tama Badra and his Tiger, Bodhi Dharma (Daruma) and his Hossu (whisk associated with meditation). To create this commanding work of art would have required a very complex series of firings from the high heat intensity of the overall crackle, to a sequence of graduated firings for the polychrome enamels to the lowest heat intensity for warming and adhering the gold leaf detail. The shoulder, neck and base are richly embellished with traditional textile patterns, the likes of which are to be found on formal "kesa," the mantles of Buddhist clerics. Meiji Period (1867-1912).

Measuring 38 ½" high, including fitted base.

 
         
         
 
 

14. A unique pair of fine Kutani studio ceramics with rare winter landscapes surrounding the body of each vase. A sophisticated pallet of mottled grey winter sky and pale icy blue lake, with raised white enamel snow covered forest villages, creates an atmosphere that is poetic in its engagement. To lend a sense of presentation to this remarkable work of art, the artist has chosen to drape the neck of each vase in a golden curtain of traditional textile patterns and to grace them with stylized phoenix head handles. Signed: Kutani Sei within sakura blossom cartouche. Meiji Period.

Measuring 14 ¼" high by 7 ¼" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

15. An antique Chinese porcelain millefiori charger with a sumptuous array of polychrome overglaze blossoms skillfully applied in a composition that is balanced yet spontaneous in its appeal. Respectfully, bearing the 'Da Qing Qianlong Nian Zhi' mark which is the origin of this lively and engaging design. China, Republic Period, circa 1910-20.

Measuring 16" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

16. An unusual antique Japanese cloisonné enamel covered tea jar. The floral decoration is an attractive composition with graduated shading of leaves and petals over a transparent forest green ground. Embedded in the transparent enamel are copper flecks that glisten like gold having been sealed so that they never oxidize. This piece required technically complex series of firings required as the heat intensity varied greatly to achieve the finished work, from transparent glass to delicate opaque white enamels.

Measuring 5 ¾" high by 4 ¼" diameter.

 
         
         
 
 

17. A handsome oribé ware téabori or hand warmer, created to hold sand and hot coals for personal comfort. True to the character of the oribé kilns is this robust, spontaneous design with olive green drip glaze and Zen style decoration of temple eaves and tama (pearl of wisdom). The distinguished 16th Century samurai general Furuta Oribé, who inspired this ware, was a leading tea master of his time and the rustic character of the provincial warrior is evident in the oribé wares. Originated as objects predominantly for the Tea Ceremony ‘Cha No Yu’, there evolved a handsome production of other functional works of art to enrich the daily life of the Japanese household. Circa 1860. 

Measuring 8 ¼” high by 7 ½” diameter.

 
         
     

 

 
 
 

18. An exceptional and rather elegant antique Japanese Hirado porcelain saké ewer. The fine vitreous porcelain is sculpted in the form of the mystic gourd from which the legendary Sennin (sage) 'Chokwaro' would summon his magical horse whenever he wished to travel. The very charismatic horse rests reclining upon the lid, his head turned to the left. The gourd is detailed with leafy vines and tendrils and tied with a tasseled cord. The handle that arches above the horse is intended to simulate twisted reed. White glazed porcelain with cobalt underglaze, the horse's mane and tail in sumi over carved biscuit. Meiji Period.

Measuring 4 ½" high by 5 ¾" wide by 3 ¼" deep.

 
     

 

 
     

 

 
 
 

19. A massive antique Chinese earthenware Martaban ‘Dragon Jar’ of brown and mustard glaze depicting a pair of celestial dragons in pursuit of the flaming pearl of wisdom. Such large ceramic jars were used for storing all sorts of liquids, however, the Dragon Jar was known as the vessel of the “100 year old egg”. An auspicious delicacy somewhat unfamiliar to the western palette. There is a long history of such jars having been made in the Shiwan kilns of Guangzhou in Southern China. Circa 1900.

Measuring 29” high by 25” diameter.

 
     

 

 
     

 

 
 
 

20. A beautiful antique Japanese porcelain charger of a very generous scale with a deep cobalt blue underglaze painting depicting a rock dove upon a garden stone surrounded by camellia blossoms. This rather elegant bird stands before a traditional reed fence beneath an exquisite rendering of a plum blossom tree. The back of this porcelain charger is detailed in cobalt underglaze of chrysanthemum and meadow reeds. Signed with the seal Ken. Japan, circa 1880’s.

Measuring 24 ½” diameter.