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.
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 a beautiful cubicle box and probably one of the smallest pieces by Ryozan that we have offered. It is a gem, in excellent condition with the only visible wear being on the underside seal. This was likely the result of the a price tag applied over the mark. It measures 2.25" in height x 2.50 diagonally across. On the underside there is a the seal of Ryozan and the Yasuda studio. Circa is about 1900.
The cover of this box shows a nicely decorated scene with samurai heading into battle. The interior scene contrasts the battle with depictions of geisha of children enjoying the cherry blossoms. It is signed Houzan on the underside and the dimensions are 4.6" x 3.25" x 1.5". The condition is very good, save some minor surface losses on the interior rim of the cover.
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 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.
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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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.