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.
Japonaiserie hand made arm chair c1900 in original condition. Measures 54 inches high to the back, 18.5 inches high to the seat, 30.25 inches high to top of the arms, 23 inches wide at the arms and 20 inches deep. Soft black finish with muted gold tracery. Japonaiserie was the term the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh used to express the influence of Japanese art. Before 1854 trade with Japan was confined to a Dutch monopoly and Japanese goods imported into Europe were for the most part confined to porcelain and lacquer ware.
19th century Japanese stoneware sake bottle with calligraphy. Probably a store bottle which was used to decant sake into a customer's own household bottle. Height 10 inches. No damages.
Antique Japanese Oribe ware pottery dish, early 19th century, Edo period (1818-1829). Phoenix design, with hen and cloud border motif, in dark brown, soft blue and clay pink on tan ground. Pressed linen texture. Makers mark Kozan impressed on reverse. Appraised in 1978 for $500 and in 1992 for $900. Measures 8.75 inches in diameter. Perfect condition.
Unusual Japanese parquetry jewelry or valuables box from the Taisho-Early Showa Period (1912-1945) in wonderful original condition. Abstract geometric zelkova wood inlaid surfaces with inset panels of "cracked porcelain" mosaic designs on the doors. One replaced drawer pull.