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 elegantly decorated, thick silver wire vase is in excellent condition with only some very minor original pitting. It bears the Ando studio mark on the underside and is from the Taisho Period, about 1920 - 1930. The dimensions are 7.5" x 4.5".
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.
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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 is decorated with a continuous scene showing a plethora of figures including samurai, courtesans, theater dancers and children with floral designs near the tops and bottoms. Note the flesh tones in the faces of all the figures and the nice movement depicted by the artist. They measure 4 7/8" x 2" and the condition is excellent save a TINY amount of rubbing on the rims. They date about 1890 - 1900.
This vase shows a scene from the Japanese Boys Day Festival and a courtesan scene. The floral work and reserves are very tight and beautifully done. The condition is pristine with no signs of wear and no damages or restorations. It measures 3 3/4" x 2" and dates about 1890 - 1900.
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This is a wonderful little kogo box showing Hotei and his child attendants on the cover, with bijins and their children on the interior. Note the cat playing in front of the screen on the inside of the cover. It measures 2 1/2" x 2 1/3" x 3/4". It shows some light wear to the gold on the inner rims, but otherwise the condition is excellent. This item dates about 1890 - 1900.
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".
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This is a whimsical piece of Imari or Kutani showing a geisha cleaning the Shoki's ear. His face and beard are sculpted to depict his expression perfectly. It measures 10" x 6.5" x 4.5" and is in excellent condition with only some very minor rubbing to the enamel. It dates about 1900.