Possibly a table runner, produced in the late 19th-early 20th century and purchased in the 1950s or 1960s. 23â€ x 86.5â€.
Gilt bronze. H: 3 1/2"
Cloisonne enamels over metal base. H: 7 1/". Brightly-colored vessels such as this were made for export to the West where they found great favor with collectors.
Arita ware porcelain with overglaze enamels, underglaze blue, and gold. Diameter: 12 1/2". Porcelains made in Arita are known by various names according to their dating and decorative schemes. Those ornamented exclusively with underglaze cobalt blue, the first porcelains made in Japan, are generally known as Imari, the name for the port city from which some of them were exported to Europe. Those with brightly colored overglaze enamel colors are generally known as Arita wares. Their production required special technical knowledge garnered from China. This fine bowl is adorned with brightly-colored chrysanthemum flowers and graceful, scrolling leaf vines articulated in kinrande (gold brocade decoration). This bowl was created during the 18th century, when Japanese artisans had refined and naturalized Chinese decorative schemes.
From South India,teak wood. 26â€ x 3.5â€ x 9.5â€
All are carved and stained ivory. Some are okimono (small sculptures made to look like netsuke but lacking the holes netsuke have for tying strings through them).
French, active in Japan. Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Size: 17.875" x 14.25"; image: 15.5" x 11.875".
Six framed pictures (once pages from an album with pictures of all 36 poets); ink and light colors on paper decorated with yaki-e (burned designs). Each 8 1/2" x 6". The artist of these paintings trained in the style of the Tosa school, an esteemed artistic lineage founded in the early Muromachi era (1392-1568) that painted both secular and religious-themed pictures for the emperor and other aristocratic families. These paintings though, were painted by an emulator of that lineage for affluent, well-educated merchant patrons who had, from the 18th century, had begun to appreciate Japan's ancient courtly artistic and literary heritage. Romantic and nostalgic poetry in Japanese was highly admired among ancient Japanese aristocrats. They particularly favored handwritten anthologies of poetry by thirty-six celebrated poets, who since the 11h century, had been designated as the â€œImmortal Poets,â€ and a special compilation of these poetsâ€™ works was produced. Compilations of their work came to include one poem by each Immortal Poet, a short biography, and, as in these pictures, an imaginary portrait.
Collagraph with etching and aquatint. 19.5" x 16.75". Information found on the internet notes that Fukazawa Yukio was born in Yamanashi Prefecture. In 1948 Fukazawa graduated from the Tokyo Art College. In the 50s and 60s the young artist gained the attention of the Japanese art community and later in the 70s of an International audience. The favorite medium of Yukio Fukazawa are copper engravings. The artist is the head of the Japan Print Association (JPA). Art critics describe his works as lyrical prints. His prints are in the collections of renowned museums like the New York Modern Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art
Seto ware stoneware with cream colored glaze, underglaze iron oxide and cobalt blue. Diameter: 10.75" Potters at Seto kilns near the city of Nagoya operated the most commercially successful pottery industry in pre-modern Japan. In the medieval era, they caterd to elite consumers, producing fine glazed wares for everyday use and for the tea ceremony. By the time this plate was made in the 18th century, Seto potters had turned to the mass production of everyday tableware for commercial establishments and for the households of commoners. The deftly-brushed duck and waves on this plate are characteristic of Seto plate designs. Although a mingei (folk art) product, the fluid drawing reveals the hand of a master decorator.
image size: 11.75" x 5.25". Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Condition is very faded; framed behind glass. Vertical hosoban size. This print comes from a group of six prints of similar style and size, all acquired from T.Z. Shiota in San Francisco between 1961 and 1966. They all portray famous Kabuki actors in roles from Kabuki plays. This print is distinguished from the others because impressed on its surface is a round red seal reading "Hayashi Tada," which is the seal of one of the earliest Japanese Ukiyo-e print dealers to sell prints in Paris, Hayashi Tadamasa (1853-1906).
Woodblock print in ink on paper; 17.5" x 12". This remarkable object from Jōruriji temple, Kyoto Prefecture, represents multiple stamped woodblock images of Amida, the Buddha of the Western Paradise, whose popularity as an object of devotion in Japan had begun to surge from around the year 1000. It so closely resembles other sheets of similar images that were found inside the central Buddha statue at the temple of Jōruriji, in the mountains between Kyoto and Nara, that it must also come from that group. The statue has been recently dated to the second half of the 11th century and the prints are generally considered to have been made at that time. The sheets were discovered when the statue was restored early in the twentieth century. Many were sold off. They all contain images in ten horizontal rows of ten column length. In this one, although there are only nine rows, the edges of a damaged left column of images are visible. Most, like this one, are made from a single block of nearly identical images. This repetition of images allowed the sheets to be filled faster, and it was believed that the more sheets a devotee filled, the more spiritual merit s/he received. Although the execution of the printing is unsophisticated, compositionally the images create an elegant religious aura. For a discussion of this set and pictures of other, very similar prints from this set, see: John M. Rosenfield and Shūjirō Shimada, Traditions of Japanese Art: Selections from the Kimiko and John Powers Collection. Cambridge, MA: Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1970, plate 28, pp. 68-69. See also Miyeko Murase, ed. The Written Image: Japanese Calligraphy and Painting from the Sylvan Barnet and William Burto Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002, pp. 84-85.
Single six-panel screen. Ink, colors, and gold leaf on paper. 68" x 132.5". Although the artist is unidentified, there is a single jar-shaped seal, with the characters effaced, impressed on the right side. This shape seal is typically used by artists of the Kano school. This attribution concurs with the style of the painting, which is typical of Kano-school artists. Normally screens are made in pairs, so this one is missing its mate. The presence of the seal on the right side, as well as the composition (with the pine tree on the right and body of water on the left) suggest this is the right side of a pair. One of the most interesting features of this painting is the appearance of black underdrawing outlines of flowers adjacent to the white flowers, composed of thickly applied pigment, on the second panel from the right. These flowers were never meant to be visible in the finished painting. Their outlines were preliminary design features created by the artist in the process of sketching out his composition and then covered over by the gold leaf. Over time, the ink has bled through the gold which once obscured them. Painting has undergone restoration twice, in the 1920s and again in 1974.
Surimono-style woodblock print in ink, color, gold, and silver, with embossing on thick paper. 16" x 13" in good condition. An Ukiyo-e printmaker, Gakutei was a native of Edo, but lived and worked in Osaka in the 1830's. His work was much influenced by Hokusai. A Kyoka poet, Gakutei also put his own poems on his prints. Popular in his time, he was a good craftsman who made many excellent surimono and book illustrations. This print is a surimono (literally, "printed things"), a special type of Ukiyo-e woodblock print that combines poetry and printmaking in an often complex verbal-visual exchange. Produced largely during the second half of the Edo period, from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries, these privately published, limited-edition prints are extremely rare. Catering to the refined tastes of their literati patrons, surimono allowed higher standards of production. They were usually commissioned by groups of amateur poets to serve as New Year's greeting cards or as announcements of special events. Thus, the subjects most commonly represented were images of spring, especially scenes of New Year's activities, and auspicious symbols. The production of a surimono represented the collaboration of poets, artists, calligraphers, engravers, and publishers. Prints were generally initiated by a poet who would commission an artist to create a complementary motif or scene. The text and artist's design would then be taken to a private publisher who, working with a calligrapher and engraver, prepared the necessary blocks. The resulting prints were then distributed among the poet's friends and associates.
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on ink with beautiful brocade mounting. Image size: 38â€ x 13.75â€, scroll mounting: 72" x 18 1/4". Signed by the artist (who indicates he also inscribed the poem) with one red, gourd-shaped seal: Bunzen. Stored in paulownia wood (kiri) box. The artist of this scroll followed in the footsteps of artists associated with the Rinpa school tradition, who, from the 17th century, had borrowed subjects from Japanâ€™s courtly past, but presented them in novel ways. When Japanese viewers see paintings of irises, they inevitably associate them with Japan's most celebrated poetic narrative, The Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari), compiled in the tenth century. This tale consists of 125 episodes that intersperse a biographical narrative of Ariwara no Narihira (825-880), a famous courtier-poet of the previous century, together with examples of his romantic poetry. One of the sections describes how, when a man and his friends go looking for a place to live in the East they come to an eight-planked bridge (yatsuhashi) that crosses a marsh filled with flowering irises. On the spot, they compose poems to their loved ones far away. Although as yet undeciphered, it is likely that the poem Hōitsu inscribed on his painting comes from this section of the Tales of Ise, which was a favorite of his to illustrate.
In the upper rectangle: Kinoeneya Restaurant at Mukojima-mazaki. In the main section: Koshiro in the role of Soroku in the play Go-taiheiki Shiroishi-banashi Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Vertical ōban size. Signatures: Toyokuni ga, Hiroshige Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijiro These prints have a landscape and still-life by Hiroshige above, and below is an actor in a stage role by Kunisada.
Woodblock print; ink and colors on paper. Vertical ōban size. Signature: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga. Scene: Saimyo-ji â€œTokiakiâ€ (monk) and Shiratae (woman: name of joro). Censor seal: Kinugasa; publisher: Ibaya Sensaburo; carver: chōkō Fusajirō [Matsushima Fusajirō]. The artist of this print was one of the most prolific and popular of the late Edo period Ukiyo-e printmakers active in Edo (Tokyo). He specialized in prints of warriors, historical tales, landscapes, and geisha, often, as in this print from a big series, collaborating with other printmakers.
Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Size: paper: 14.25" x 18.75"; image: 11.75" x 15.5". Image of Chinese woman leaning over a railing inhaling incense smoke. French, active in Japan,Jacoulet came to Japan from his native France with his parents when he was ten. He produced very fine Japanese-style prints and his work is widely appreciated by collectors and scholars of modern Japanese printmaking.
# 18 from the series: Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners (Fuzoku sanjuniso). Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Vertical ōban size. This image is a nice, but not great, later printing. Reference: John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women: The Woodblock Print Series "Fuzoku Sanjuni so." Boulder, CO: Avery Press, 1986; reprinted in 1995 in association with the University of Washington Press.
From the Gandhara region, dated 3rd â€“ 4th century CE. Gray schist, 7.625" x 7.25".
55â€ x 73.5â€