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1. A flanking pair of large black and gilt lacquered wood wall panels, carved with a twenty-two character couplet surrounded by a dragon scroll border, recorded as a commission by Ruan Qiancun, Liang Yu and Fan Wenzhen to congratulate Chen Wenjin for passing the provincial examination, the left panel bearing the Ming Cyclical date Chengtai genzi (1480), all picked out in gild against the black ground. Panels of this nature were created as decorative art for the homes of the Chinese literati to commemorate their adherence to the scholars' tradition. Daoguang Period 1821-1850.

Measuring 104 ½" high by 11 ½" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

2. A set of three antique Japanese gold hiramakié on roiro lacquer presentation trays. Each tray is finely decorated with poetic landscapes of: a rushing brook beneath a pine with bundled wood and saké gourd, cormorants warming by a winter brazier with reeds and fishing boat and the Sho Chiku Bai - "The Three Winter Friends" symbolizing strength and endurance - plum blossoms, pine and bamboo. The aesthetic is shabui (quiet, understated beauty) where the void space is vital to the composition. Circa 1890.

Measuring 38 ¼" high by 14 ½" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

3. A pair of antique Chinese gilded architectural panels, deeply carved with central medallions of the golden phoenix standing on a scholar’s rock surrounded by a sumptuous array of Peony blossoms, each holding pearls in their beaks that are symbolic of wisdom. The four corners of each panel are carved with stylized bats of happiness fliting among celestial clouds. Carved on either side of the midpoints of the medallions are gourds on vines, the gourd a symbol of prosperity. 18th century. 

Measuring 26 ½” high by 15 ½ “wide, including custom frames.

 

         
         
 
 

4. An authentic antique Japanese Kanban for a traditional medicine shop dated 1862 carved of keyaki wood and framed in four mitered mortise and tenoned frame members secured with hand wrought iron corners and iron suspension loops. The calligraphic inscription has been carved by hand with gilded edge applied to the characters. The large center character reads “houtan” which literally translates a jeweled treasure pills. The four characters above this (right to left) read “kishi kaisei” meaning revival or entering great happiness. 

The right line top to bottom reads “kankyo honke baijuku sho”, stating that this establishment has approved government licensure. The left line top to bottom reads “daitoritsugi hanbai sho”, literally grand agent shop. The following right line reads “Tokyo, Ike no hashi, Morita Jihee”, which is Tokyo, then an area in Tokyo, and Morita Jihee is the name of a proprietor. The left line reads “Yashi, kuchikiwa-machi, Kanazawa Kohiro”, which is Shomtsuke Province, Kuchikiwa Town, and Kanazawa Kohiro is the name of a second proprietor. 

The small characters in the center begin with “Bunkyu ni nen”, second year of Bunkyu (1862). Followed by a long list of symptoms to be cured by this jeweled treasured pill, including stomach upsets, poisoning, toothache, heart condition, and all ailments of the gastrointestinal tract. With a concluding statement of “Great efficacy, giving great health.” 

Measuring 54 ¾” high by 17 ¾” wide. 

 

         
         
 
 

5. A rare and stunning antique Chinese cloisonné panel, originally created as the central panel for a cloisonné screen. Such a large enamel work of art, would have been commissioned for a very prominent Chinese family. The vivid enamel colors are derived from mineral pigments, such as turquoise, lapis lazuli and malachite. The elegant subject matter is specific to its intent to bless the household for whom it was made. Each chosen element bearing a traditional auspicious symbolism:

Sacred Fungus (Wood Mushroom) - Wisdom and Authority,
Buddha Fingers Citron - Compassion and Enlightened Wisdom,
Pomegranate - Healthy Progeny,
Peony - Honor and Beauty (when in full bloom - Peace),
Bamboo and Plum Blossoms - Strength and Endurance,
Narcissus - Virtue and the Flowering of Hidden Talents,
Garlic - Long Life (Protective Amulet),
Bean Curd - Fulfillment of Wealth and Happiness,
               Presented in a round tray: Togetherness (called 'Tray of Togetherness’),
Cloisonné vase with Royal Blue Lotus Blossom - Salvation of the Dharma (the Buddha's Teaching).

All on a turquoise enamel ground of classic interlocking key patterns. China, Circa 1860. 

Measuring 19 ¼” high by 26 ½” wide, including custom frame.

 

         
         
 
 

6. An antique Chinese hand embroidered textile with couched gold double dragons surrounding flaming pearls of wisdom as they rise above a primordial sea. The woven blue silk ground is embroidered with stylized cloud patterns and various auspicious symbols. Circa 1800.

Measuring 20 ¼" high by 41 ½" wide.

 

         
         
 
 

7. An exquisite antique Japanese colored ink painting on silk depicting a nature study of a white heron alighting on a willow branch. This medium is unforgiving and requires a gifted artist with great experience to create a spontaneous composition of such skillful means. Signed. Taisho / Showa Period, circa 1920-30’s.

Measuring 36” high by 42 ½” wide.

 

         
         
 
 

8. ‘Dried Fish and Mollusks’

A unique work of art that is quintessential Tessai. Created as a presentation for inspired ‘tanzaku’ or poetry slips.  Executed in ‘kanshitsu’, a technique Tessai perfected during his study of the National Treasures of Japan's temples and shrines. To highlight nature’s contribution to the overall aesthetic of this functional work of art, he has burnished the pronounced grain of the wood with a subtle accent of gold leaf (calligraphic dedication on the back obscured). Attributed to Kano Tessai.

Measuring 55 ¾” long by 5” wide.

 
         
         
 
 

9. A functional work of art, extraordinary for its remarkable organic form and skillful use of material. This elongated gourd is a tanzaku intended to hold a moment’s inspiration in the form of a slip of poetry. The artist has utilized the beauty of the pronounced grain of the wood to bring nature’s complement to this very organic art form. Carved in high relief from the surface with ittobori (flat plane carving) technique are boldly rendered leaves, blossom and tendrils and a small splayed frog where the poetry would rest secured between frog’s chin and gourd leaf. The work was intended to hang suspended from a section of the twisted vine. The back of this sculpture is equally engaging for its composition of vine and leaf and textured rind of the gourd.

Dedicated on the original tomobako as follows:
Koujudou – name of the etalier
Seizan saku – made by Seizan
Tanzaku-kake – poetry slip stand
Hechima – type of gourd

Measuring 33 ¼” high by 5 ¼” wide.

 
         
         
 
 

10. A bright, beautiful and bold antique Japanese Furisodé (literally, swinging sleeves) kimono traditionally worn by young unmarried women for festive occasions, in particular wedding festivities, perhaps to catch the attention of a perspective husband. This refined crepe silk is sumptuously detailed in the finest of Kyoto yusen resist dye techniques with features of couched gold and gold leaf in lyrical patterns of a cascade of fans floating among sakura and kiku blossoms. Each fan a delightful composition of blossoms and classic geometric textile designs. This kimono bears the distinctive Mon or heraldic crest of the Asakura samurai clan in five small black and white Mokko or Melon Blossom form crests, with placement at the back of the neck and on both sides at the top of the sleeves. Such works of textile art were commissioned pieces for prominent families in anticipation of special occasions. Circa 1880.

Measuring 62 ½" long by 52" wide (sleeve to sleeve).

 

         
         
 
 

11. Kano School Imperial Court Fan The fan-format painting was one of the principle means of providing gifts to family members and valued friends. The paintings were so prized that often when the wood supports began to age, the fan was removed and preserved in an album. Circa 1720.

Measuring 17" high by 27 ¾" wide.