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
Pair of Abumi, saddle stirrups made by “Nakamura Keiken”. The Nakamura family are well known metal artists who also made Tsuba and other Samurai metal works in the Japanese Edo period. This pair of stirrups are both inlaid with pure gold and have Ryusui, a water theme. Natural wear, minor gold loss in some areas. Dating from the 18th-19th century. Each strirup measures 12 inches long x 10 inches high x 5 inches wide. Stirrups like these were used to support the rider’s feet while seated on horseback. During warfare, they allowed mounted samurai to stabilize position and control the horse while firing a weapon or brandishing a sword. Curving up and back in the front, they bring the loop for the leather connecting-strap over the instep, providing superior balance. Only high-ranking samurai could ride horses in the Edo period. Elegantly decorated stirrups were a sign of the owner’s privileged position.
Antique Japanese cloisonne vase with pinks, blues, greens, butterflies, dragons birds and gold c1900. Measures 5.25 inches tall. Excellent condition. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques. For hours of operation and directions go to www.BranfordAntiques.com
Antique Japanese yellow cloisonne vase, Meiji period, circa 1880. Decorated with red and pink spider chrysanthemums. Excellent detail and condition. Measures 7.75 inches tall. This item is on display in our gallery at BRANFORD ANTIQUES & HOME DESIGN 824 EAST MAIN ST.BRANFORD, CT O6405 203 488-1919 open 7 days. Formerly Clocktower Antiques