Each of these plates are decorated in soft tones, showing lakeside scenes. One of them appears to be the Tanabata or Festival of the Stars and the other shows a shrine related ceremony. Each of them bear the seals of Koshida and Shozan on the reverse side. The diameter is 8" and they are late Meiji or early Taisho Period or about 1910 - 1920. No repairs or restorations.
The Ivory Tower, Inc.
This is a highly unusual example of cloisonne with applied silver overlay. The silver is decorated with subtle chase work, adding an elegant touch to this interesting piece. There are multiple lines on the body of the vase as can be seen in the images, but we took the rarity of the piece into consideration when we purchased it. It measures 6" x 1.1", is artist signed on the underside and dates about 1900 - 1920.
This elegantly formed kogo is decorated with birds and blossoming flower alongside of a stream on the exterior. There interior of the cover shows a mother and two daughters standing near a Japanese garden. Inside the box is a restrained floral design with gold stippling surrounding it. The underside bears the seal of Seikozan in gilt over a red ground. It measures 4" x 3.1" x 1.1" and dates about 1900 - 1910. The condition is excellent save some expected minor gilt wear in rim area.
Each of these covered urns is decorated with a variety of motifs including figural, floral, and foliate designs. The maple leaf and wisteria decorations above the bases are reminiscent of designs used by Yabu Meizan, but certainly not of the same quality. They measure 8.5" x 4.25" and are in excellent condition with no restorations. They date about 1910.
This finely enameled box subtly elegant, showing Mt. Fuji above the clouds over a muted green ground color. There is some minor original pitting and a few very shallow surface scratches, but the overall condition is excellent. It measures 4.25" x 3.25" x 1.75" and dates about 1910 - 1930.
This is a very nice example of Kinkozan's work on porcelain, showing four gilt and silver applied dragons over a mottled blue ground. The dragons are finely detailed,with all of their scales and claws being well defined. There is some gilt wear around the rim, but the overall condition is very good. It measures 8.5" x 3.75" and dates about 1900 - 1915.
A nicely decorated Satsuma vase with a continuous 360 degree scene of people engaged in various 19th century activities, including sword vending. The upper and lower portions have gilt and silver floral reserves interspersed over a deep teal ground color. This item is in excellent condition and dates about 1900 - 1910. It measures 5.5" x 3.25".
This plate shows a single scene of a samurai walking with his entourage. Each figure's attire is well detailed in gilt and enamel with beautiful use of color. Also, note the flesh tones in each of the faces and hands. The condition is excellent with little to no wear and no repairs or chips. It measures 8 5/16" in diameter and dates about 1900 - 1910.
This lovely miniature bowl is in pristine condition, with no repairs, restorations or retouching of the gilt work. The exterior is decorated with children engaged in a variety of pursuits, including a wonderful scene in which they are watching an artist paint. The interior shows loosely scattered butterflies in the center, surrounded by finely enameled draping wisteria. It measures 2 5/8" across by 1 3/4" in height and dates about 1900 - 1910.
This pair shows a continuous scene of figures including musicians, theater actors wearing masks, a puppeteer and others, wrapped around both vases. The upper and lower portions are decorated with profuse floral designs in gold and enamel. The condition is excellent with little to no wear and they date about 1890 - 1900. The dimensions are 3 5/8" x 2 1/8".
This is a fine example from the Kinkozan studio, showing two scenes over a cobalt ground with beautiful gilt reserves. Each scene is carefully enameled in vibrant colors. Gold stippling is used masterfully in the scenes to add tone to the sky in the backgrounds. The shoulder of the vase has sculpted chrysanthemums highlighted in gold. The condition is nearly perfect and it dates about 1900 - 1910. It measures 6.25" x 4".
The ground color on this Kinkozan impressed vase is a very unusual deep brown which beautifully contrasts the fine gilt work applied over it. There are two scenes, one showing a man on horseback arriving at a house with entourage as onlookers view them from a bridge in background. The other showing a family in rural setting. It measures 4.8" x 3.8" and dates about 1900. The condition is excellent.
This is a finely enameled, artist signed Satsuma earthenware vase decorated in kinran or gosu blue style. It has a floral and foliate motif with assorted designs including geometric and fish scale patterns. It measures 7" x 4" and is in excellent condition. Circa late 19th century.
The size of this vase is about a third larger than is typically seen on other examples of this motif by Kinkozan. The dragon is magnificently decorated in thickly applied gold and silver over a cream ground. There is an embellished Kinkozan signature on the reverse side of the vase's body. It measures 9.5" x 5.5" and is in excellent condition. It dates about 1900 - 1910.
This is a finely decorated tray with a classic Ryozan scene of a stream side gathering beneath blossoming cherry trees. The border is a profuse floral motif of gilt and enamel application. It signed Ryozan and has the Yasuda Studio mark in gilt on the reverse side. The condition is very good. It measures 8.5" x 5.25" and dates about 1890- 1900.
This elegantly decorated tray is featured on page 55 of Louis Lawrence's book, Satsuma: The Romance of Japan. It depicts a springtime scene of young girls at play with their mothers. The overall condition is excellent, less a tiny 2 mm flea bite on the upper right corner. It measures 5.6" x 4.5" and dates about 1900.
This kogo is a gem. It shows a social gathering next to a bamboo grove on the cover, with each figure showing minute detail. The sides show butterflies amongst blossoming flowers, with a similar, but more restrained motif on the interior. Gilt Hankinzan seal on the underside. The condition is excellent with few signs of wear and not repairs or restorations. It measures 1.5" x 2.25" and it dates about 1890 - 1900.
The Ivory Tower, Inc.
This is one of the earliest examples of Seikozan that we have seen and also the largest ewer we have seen bearing his signature, measuring 11" x 8.5". The form is most elegant with sculpted tassels forming the handle. The scene depicts mothers teaching their sons calligraphy bordered by geometric reserves and a band of butterflies above. The underside is signed Seikozan with an illegible impressed mark...