A delightful example of the finely honed use of humor in Japanese Art as described so well in the book Playfulness in Japanese Art by Nobuo Tsuji, Spencer Museum of Art, 1986. This small bronze box is molded in a woven basket look with low relief figures of mice in human clothing on the top lid. Two smaller mice on the left are seen approaching two much larger mice on the right side of the lid the details in each is quite remarkable. The box measures 3 and one third inches long by 1 and one half inches wide and is three eighths inches deep. Excellent condition and patina. We date this one to the late Meiji period, circa 1885 to 1910
Kazak wool rug, blue field with geometrics war motifs, 4' 5" x 2' 10". This Afghan carpet was woven in 2001 by a female weaver. Subtle army jeeps can be seen woven into the rugs design.This rug and others like it were consigned to us by an academic directly connected to the womens rights movement in Afghanistan. These "war rugs" clearly illustrate how the turmoil of war seeps into the artistic traditions of a people.
Set of four Chinese hand carved wood panels c1900. This set of matching four hand carved panels tells a story of a man being invited into a Chinese household. The carvings show him being invited in, his stay and his leaving the home. The four panels all measure 29 inches wide and individually measure 5 inches, 14 and three quarter inches and two at 15 inches. These panels are well carved and retain their original finish.
Chinese 19th century painted wood market or box. It has two covers which can be removed or lifted to put food inside. The swing handle is carved with mythical beasts at the sides and two women at their cooking pot in the center. The box retains all its original red paint and allover floral design. Excellent condition with one small wood curl missing on the handle. It measures 6 inches H to the lid, 13 inches H to the handle, and 11 inches across. 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 If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
Japanese Arita Ware blue and white covered sugar c1900. This Arita porcelain covered sugar is in excellent condition with just one slight tiny inside rim flake which we show in the photographs provided. Measures 3 inches high by 5 inches across. This piece is on display in our gallery at Clock Tower Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 824 E Main Street, Branford, CT. 06405. For gallery hours, please visit http://www.ClockTowerAntiquesCenter.com