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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.