This is an example of Yabu's elegant, more restrained work that he did later in his career. The simplicity by no means detracts from the piece and in fact, it is quite compelling. It measures 2.75" in diameter x .9" in height and dates about 1920. The condition is excellent.
A subtlety elegant Awaji pottery vase with incised iris designs over a softly mottled blue ground, from the late Meiji or early Taisho period. It measures 3 5/8" H x 4 5/8" wide and is in excellent condition. Plover mark on underside.
This vase is decorated with a continuous scene of children playing blind man's bluff in very nice detail. There are a couple of surface issues, but they detract very little from vase. It measures 7.5" x 3.25" and dates about 1910 - 1920.
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.
A beautiful pair of Imari plates, each decorated with a koi in gilt application. Aside from the visible gilt wear, there plates are in good condition with no restorations. They dates about 1900 - 1915 and measure 8 1/3" in diameter.
This is a lovely example of Nishiura Enji's work at reasonable price point. It has a floral motif over a neutral ground that gently fades near the bottom. The inner rim has a beautiful and unusual lavender color. The underside shows a Nishiura Enji V seal and it measures 5" x 2.25". It dates about 1900 - 1910 and is in excellent condition with the remnants of an original label on the body.
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 delicately painted four panel koro has alternating scenes that contrast between figural motifs and nature motifs. The top has intense floral designs with heart shaped vents and a chrysanthemum form finial. It measures 3.5" x 2.4" and the condition is excellent. It dates about 1900 - 1910.
This is an unusual squat form urn by Yabu Meizan, done entirely in Tiffany blue. It sit elegantly on three legs and is in excellent condition, although I'm suspect as to the cover's originality. It measures 5" in diameter x 3" in height, inclusive of the cover and bears the seal of Yabu Meizan in gilt on the underside. It dates about 1910 - 1920.
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The motif of this vase is quite unusual with a farmer working a water wheel in a mountainous rural setting. It is a larger vase by Yabu Meizan standards, measuring 7.25" x 4". It bears a Yabu Meizan gilt-on-gilt seal on the underside and dates about 1900 - 1910. Very good overall condition.
An example of a more restrained and serene piece of Satsuma, this plate has many subtle details such as moss growing on the tree trunks, broken limbs and a dog quietly following oxen in the background. It measures 8.5" in diameter and dates about 1900 - 1915.
This is a finely detailed example of Japanese Satsuma earthenware, attributed to the Kinkozan studio. Each panel was decorated with painstaking detail and the reserves show equal attention to detail. Other than some very slight handling wear on the rim, the vase is in excellent condition and dates about 1900 - 1910. It measures 7" x 4".
This is one of the largest versions of Kinkozan's mottled glaze style that we have seen and the only one that combines it with a tree bark colored neck.The body is decorated with assorted floral designs in gilt. It measures 12" in height x 6.25" at the widest point on the body. The condition is excellent and it dates about 1900 - 1915.
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.
The central theme of this charger is a celebration of Boys Day. There are a plethora of children engaged in many different games and activities. There is some mild handling wear to the gilt and numerous minor original defects to the surface on the reverse side, but the overall condition and presentation are excellent. It measures 12" in diameter x 1.75" in height. The circa is about 1880.
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 early Meizan bowl has near 100% coverage with a plethora of different scenes and subjects, all beautifully executed. The condition is immaculate with little to no handling wear and no damages whatsoever. It measures 5 1/3" x 2 1/2" and dates about 1880 - 1890. There is a Meizan seal in gilt on the underside.
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".
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.
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 vase is decorated with a continuous scene of a large crowd gathering at a kabuki theater, all in excellent detail. It measures 5" x 1.8" and is in very good condition, with only some minor gilt wear. Gilt Seikozan seal on underside. Circa 1890.
This is a beautifully decorated Seikozan vase with a continuous village scene around the core and intense, thickly enameled floral designs on either side of the center. The interior of the mouth is decorated with assorted geometric and floral patterns. The condition is excellent with no signs of wear or other issues. It measures 5.8" H x 5.9" W at the mouth and dates about 1890.
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 decoration on this vase is a traditional Imari color palette and design, but the precision of the artwork is much finer than is typically seen on Imari. It measures 11" x 6" and dates 1876 - 1884. The condition is excellent.
The panels on this vase alternate between hoho bird and dragon motifs, a representation of marital bliss. All of the gilt and enamel work was executed with fine detail and the vase is in excellent condition, without restoration. It measures 12" x 7.5" and dates about 1880.
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The soft charcoal gray color of the koi contrast nicely with the blue and white background of this Arita porcelain charger. It is Meiji Period, dating about 1880 and it is in excellent condition. The diameter is 16.5".
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 dish is finely decorated with a shichifukujin (Gods of Fortune) motif and is in excellent condition. The rim is slightly fluted, adding another dimension to it. It measures 5.1" x 1" and dates about 1890. Gilt over black Yozan seal on underside.
This is a wonderful little ewer decorated with four well detailed panels surrounded by geometric gilt reserves. It bears the gilt seal of Seikozan on the underside. There is some staining near the bottom as it appears that it was once glued to a stand, but there is no evidence of breakage any place on the piece. It measures 3.75" in height x 3.5" in width (inclusive of spout and handle). Circa 1890.
This urn is a rare form by Yabu and is finely decorated with a continuous daimyo procession that follows entirely around the body. The enameled floral designs and finial sculpting are executed in excellent detail. One of the handles has been restored and can be seen upon close inspection of the images. However, it is not noticeable without a good amount of scrutiny and does not impact the body of the piece at all. We have priced this item accordingly...
These vases have an unusual high glaze blue ground with heavily applied enamel that appears to simulate moriage enamel. Other than some wear to the gold around the rim, the condition is excellent. They date about 1875 and measure 9.9" x 5".
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The decoration on this vase is more in keeping with the work of Hichozan and is not typical of Koransha marked pieces. This vase is in excellent condition with few signs of wear and it measures 12" x 6". The red Koransha mark dates it about 1880.
This is a nicely decorated vase with a 19th century gardening scene and a group of bijins and their children in a garden. There are finely detailed floral reserves over an attractive teal ground. It is in good condition, save some expected surface gilt wear as seen in the images. It measures 4.75" x 3.5" and dates about 1900 - 1910. There is an impressed Kinkozan zo seal on the underside.
The artwork is quite fine on this vase and the gold is applied in classic Meizan style, as are the geometric reserves. However, it is signed Juzan. The condition is perfect with no visible signs of wear and no restorations. The dimensions are 6.5" x 3.5" and it dates near 1880.
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.
This is an elegantly formed tray decorated with cherry blossoms and a chocolate ground around the periphery. The overall condition is excellent with some slight gilt wear and perhaps in need of a cleaning. It measures 11.25" x 8.25" and dates 1875 - 1884.