NIPPON TO ART SWORDS OF JAPAN: The Walter A. Compton Collection. Published by the Japan Society, New York, 1976. Black cloth, in the original slipcase. This is one of the most important catalogs on Japanese sword blades ever issued. Printed in chromolithography on heavy rag paper. The Japanese Sword and Its Cultural Significance by Homma Junji. On This Exhibiton by K. Sato. Artistic Quality of the Japanese Sword by W. Compton. Characteristics of the Japanese Sword & Exhibition Catalogue by M. Ogawa. Statement of Appreciation by Compton. A superb collection of Tsuba, blades & Midare, Kozuka, Kogai & Menuki. With outline of blades, nomenclature, points of value, appreciation, history of the Japanese sword, shapes, identification of Japanese sword by its characteristics, Koshirae, Kodogu etc. The exhibition catalog draws upon over 100 examples, each well identified and explained. Explanation of tang form and file-marks, tempering & forging characteristics, engravings, signature, mountings & accessories. By and large the most valuable reference to any collector's library.
Authentic early 19thc Chinese leather box made to look like cinnabar. Untouched condition. Measures 7.5 d x 13 w x 4 inches high. Wonderful old patina, and sewn sides.
Chinese export camphor wood silver cabinet carved with dragons among clouds. The two doors open to reveal two velvet-lined fitted utencil drawers over additional storage space for larger serving pieces. Circa 1900. Measures 41.5 inches wide, 15 inches deep, 33.5 inches high to the surface and 35.5 inches high to the wings.
Antique Chinese display cabinet circa 1900. Excellent original condition. Measures 70.5 inches tall, 28 inches deep and 36 inches wide. Black exterior with simple gold line highlights, brilliant red interior. There is a single fixed shelf set 27.5 inches from the bottom leaving a 29 inches top distance. Two lights were added later. Fabulous for displaying large pieces of porcelain, sculpture, dolls, etc. The extra shelf seen in the photograph was set on a pair of brackets and is not part of the cabinet's structure. This is a very strong and sturdy cabinet. Purchased in the 1950's from a NYC Chinese porcelain dealer.
Vintage Chinese storage cupboard mid 20thc, enamel with hand painted decorations. Measures 80 inches tall, 39.5 inches wide at bottom tapering to 37.5 inches at top, 22 inches deep.