Antique Japanese bronze 12-inch charger. Beautiful relief-sculpted scene of 3 dieties in a mountain landscape. Gold and silver layered over solid bronze; fine gold and copper inlay. Meiji period, 1868-1912. Marked "Kyoto, Kumagaya zo” (Kyoto, Kumagaaya made). Original as found estate condition, no repairs.
"The Masters Book of Ikebana," first edition, published in 1966 by Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha Publishers, Tokyo, Japan. Background and principles of Japanese flower arranging, with lessons from the masters of the Ikenobo School in Kyoto, the Ohara School in Osaka, and the Sogetsu School in Tokyo. Edited by Donald Richie and Meredith Weatherby. The original plastic dust cover is wrinkled but the book is in excellent condition both inside and out. Gorgeous tea green brocade cover with bamboo calligraphy signature panel and rice paper title panel. Stunning color prints, many tipped-in. Measures 14 x 10.75 inches.
Nippon-To: Art Swords of Japan / The Walter A. Compton Collection. This beautifully bound harcover book is the catalogue of the exhibition of Japan House Gallery shown in the spring of 1976 as an activity of Japan Society, Inc. It is in excellent condition with the original jacket and slipcase. It also includes the original folder with a tipped-in print of a Miyamoto Musashi painting entitled "Sleeping Hotei." The book measures 10.5 x 15 x 1 inches.
Japanese lacquer jewelry cabinet, or sage-dansu, Meiji period, circa 1880. Rectangular form, with two hinged doors opening to 7 drawers of 3 sizes. The box is decorated in gold takamakie, kiramakie, togidashi, and kirigane, with recessed panels of insects and glass-eyed birds among flowers; the interior is similarly decorated on a mura nashiji ground, bronzed copper mounts, bronze drawer handles. Measures 15.5 inches wide by 9 inches deep and 17 inches high. Some old restoration. The back of the box bears an old label marked No. 5.
Japanese Meiji period hanging corner cabinet circa 1860. Sliding doors over 2 open shelves over 2 doors. The crest is pierce-carved with writhing dragons; the sliding doors are carved, enameled and gilded with images of scholars; the sections behind the open shelves are pierce-carved with birds flying among flowering branches; and at thr center of the shelves in a phoenix bird. The design and craftsmanship are exquisite and the cabinbet is in excellent condition. It measures 49.5 inches to the top of the crest, 42.5 inches to the top of the case, 31.75 inches wide at the case, 32.75 inches wide at the crest, 16 inches deep front to back, and extends 22 inches at the sides. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com