The Ivory Tower, Inc.
This is a very nice quality miniature example of Yabu Meizan, exhibiting almost gem-like qualities. The front panel has a motif of children playing games and receiving lessons, while the reverse panel depicts the serenity of a simple iris plant. The balance of the vase is full decorated with profuse floral designs in gilt and enamel. The underside bears the seal of Yabu Meizan. The condition is excellent with no wear or restoration and it measures 3.4" x 1.4". It dates about 1900 - 1915.
The mottled pink ground color on this Kinkozan vase is one of the more unusual colors we have seen used. The gilt on the elegantly intertwined dragons is beautifully applied and is entirely intact, with no wear visible. Other than some very minor wear on the lip, the condition is excellent. The dimensions are 5.9" x 2.2" and it dates about 1900 - 1910.
There are a variety of motifs on this koro, including an assortment of insects and multiple social scenes. The finial is finely sculpted to for a chrysanthemum flower. The condition is excellent with the exception of some visible gilt wear. It measures 4.25" x 4.75" and dates about 1900.
This is a late Meiji/early Taisho Period Satsuma fish form plate, inspired by the same form which was seen much earlier in Imari. It is beautifully decorated with a lively enameled milfluer design. The mark of Koshida is on the reverse side. It dates about 1915 - 1920 and measures 9.25" x 6". The condition is excellent.
This late 19th century pair of Japanese Imari trays have a rich iron red ground that nicely contrast the more subtle under glaze blue borders. They measure 11.75" x 9.5" and are in excellent condition, save a few original kiln bubbles in the glaze.
This charger has a very elegant look with Ayu or sweetfish below blossoming peonies and prunus branches. The blue Koransha mark dates it between 1885 and 1894. The condition is excellent with minimal signs of wear and it measures 14.75" in diameter.
This item sold as-is. This is a finely detailed example of Meizan's early work with a continuous outdoor scene from 19th century Japan. One foot as been reattached and there are a couple of minor hairlines on the interior, but all of the artwork is fully intact. It measures 2.75" x 2.25" and dates about 1885- 1890.
Bizan's work was strongly influenced by the styles and motifs used by Yabu Meizan, which can be seen on this vase. It is decorated with a continuous landscape scene with a rural village and Mt. Fuji in the background. The condition is excellent with almost no wear. The dimensions are 6.5" x 3.25" and it dates about 1900 - 1910.
This floral form bowl is beautifully decorated with a nature scene depicting ducks in flight as they approach a small pond. Surrounding the scene are floral and foliate reserves over a cobalt ground. The underside bears a gilt seal of the Kinkozan studio. The condition is excellent, with not restorations and only some minor gilt wear. It measures 7.25" x 2.75" and dates about 1900 - 1910.
This lovely koro or incense burner sits elegantly on a pedestal base and depicts a continuous Daimyo procession bordered by floral and geometric reserves. On the cover is a sculpted bunny in a crouched position. It measures 4.5" x 4.25" and is in excellent condition, exhibiting only minimal gilt wear. It is signed, Hozan, in gilt on the interior of the cover. This item is Meiji Period and dates about 1900.
A wonderful four panel, cobalt ground koro with each panel showing garden scenes. The cover has a sculpted floral form finial. The underside shows the Kinkozan seal in gilt. It measures 5.5" x 5.75" and dates about 1900. The condition is excellent.
This desirable form is decorated with eight scenic medallions on the exterior and single landscape scene inside. The rim and base are geometric brocade designs done in gilt and enamel. The bowl bears the mark of Meizan in gilt application on the underside. The dimensions are 3.5" x 4.9" and it dates about 1880 - 90. The condition is excellent.
This vase has the interesting combination of a cobalt ground on the neck and a teal ground on the body, divided by a draped shoulder. One panel depicts the Boys Day Festival and the other shows Chinese beauties in full attire. This item was formerly of the Walter and Edith Haas collection. It measures 8.5" x 7", dates about 1900 and bears a Kinkozan zo impressed seal. No chips or restoration.
This pair of 8" diameter plates are decorated with more restraint than is typically seen on Satsuma earthenware. Both are free from restoration or breaks and date about 1910 - 1920. They bear the seals of Senzan and Shozan on the underside.
This is a floral form bowl decorated with assorted insects, including a horned beetle, a praying mantis, a dragon fly and others. It is artist signed and in excellent condition with only some very minor gilt wear on the rim. It measures 7 1/4" x 2 7/8" and dates about 1900 - 1910.
A rectangular form tray with a cloisonne enamel scene of geese and flowers framed with a porcelain border decorated with sparrows. There are a few very small flecks in the cloisonne portion and some glaze imperfections in the border. It measures 15.5" x 11.75" and dates about 1890. It is signed Takeuchi Chubei on the reverse side.
This an elegantly formed Meiji Period pair of flared mouth Japanese cloisonne vases with chrysanthemum designs over a deep teal ground. The overall condition is good and they measure 7.25" x 3.25". There is a 1/3" long nick in the enamel which can be seen in the images, as well original pitting. The mark on the underside appears to be that of Tamura.
This beautifully decorated try shows a carefully depicted horse that appears to be getting readied for the horse festival. It comes with the original box, lined with cushioned felt. Other than the minor gilt wear seen on the rim, the condition is excellent. It measures 8 1/3" x 5 /14" and dates about 1890 - 1900.