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.
"Netsuke / A Comprehensive study based on the M T Hindson collection" by Neil K Davey, the sought after revised edition published in 1982 by Philip Wilson Publishers, LTD. This edition added 296 new illustrations of which 182 are in full color. Measures 12 x 9 inches. Cover is blue linen with gilt lettered spine. Very clean, nearly new condition; the dust jacket has a clean mended front split under protective clear jacket cover.
Rare! Chinese Pottery and Porcelain by R. L. Hobson, the 2 volume set published in 1915 by Cassell and Company LTD. Forty plates in color and ninety-six in black and white. Limited edition of 1500, this is volume #904. Good to very good estate condition. Both the first and second volumes are marked #904. The books each measure 7.5 x 9.5 inches. Tan cloth boards with gilt and blind stamped decoration and title to cover and spine, no foxing, clean inside, gilt still on page tops.
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.
Antique Chinese Ming style camphor wood trunk, late 18th to early 19th century. Dovetailed sides. Solid heavy original brass hinges, handles and lock plate. Excellent condition. Measures 36.75 inches wide, 23.25 inches deep and 17.5 inches high. Wonderful deep rich brown color. 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