JAPANESE & KOREAN ART

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JAPANESE METALWORK ART

10081. FINE MEIJI BRONZE FLOOR LAMP. Japan, Meiji Period, c. late 19th century. A large and substantial bronze floor lamp ornamented with numerous very high profile birds, flowers and a dragon. The lamp as originally made with separate lift out kerosene or oil container with 3 controls and wire support for glass lampshade. This lamp includes a mid 20th century insert for an electric light bulb and a small fitting shade which can be easily removed if desired. The only alteration is a 1/4 inch hole in the original thin brass grid where the electric cord exits. 10.5 inches by 4 feet tall but comes apart as made into two sections 25 and 30 inches tall for shipping. 20 lb. Otherwise in excellent condition. This is an original antique Japanese floor lamp, not one of the many low quality modern reproductions.

Provenance: Acquired in the early 1960's in Tokyo.

$3500.



PUBLISHED IN ORIENTAL ANTIQUES AND ART

9135. JAPANESE SILVER CIGAR CASE, c. late 19th-early 20th century. The case with compartments for three cigars, the whole decorated with sea creatures on the front, a carp in a flower and bamboo edged pool on the revers, all done in superb repousse work, the clasp with hand formed spring. 2.75 x 5.2 inches. A fine example of Japanese metalwork art.

Provenance: The Birchwood Manor antiques show February 2002. Published 2001 in Oriental Antiques & Art, An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 422.

$1850.



8355. JAPANESE SILVER WASH PAPERWEIGHT, c. early 20th century. Silver washed solid cast copper of a grasshopper on a corn ear. Signed on bottom. 4.7".

Provenance: Berman's Auction House, Morristown NJ April, 1999.

$450.



JAPANESE IVORY CARVINGS

PUBLISHED IN 'ORIENTAL ANTIQUES AND ART'

9130. CARVED IVORY FIGURE OF A MAN WITH BIRDCAGE AND FAN, Japan, Meiji Period, late 19th century. The superbly rendered and polychromed figure of a traditional ornate yukata clad man with chonmage hairstyle holding a fan and a birdcage with a door that opens to reveal a tiny songbird inside. 12.75 inches in height. Artist's signature carved on the bottom of one sandal. Rendered in the finest style from the face which is filled with an expression of serene joy to the minute carefully incised details which hold the polychrome on his garments. A masterwork of Japanese Meiji Period art. Free standing on an original curled rosewood base. Choice condition with no problems whatsoever.

Provenance: Berman's Auction House NJ August, 1999. Published 2001 in Oriental Antiques & Art, An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 248. Provenance: Acquired in the early 1960's in Tokyo by the current owner.

$6500.



PUBLISHED IN 'ORIENTAL ANTIQUES AND ART'

9155. PUBLISHED SIGNED JAPANESE IVORY FIGURAL GROUP, c. 19th-early 20th century. The carving with female musicians/dancers. 7 inches high. Inconsequential age lines otherwise intact. On custom wood base.

Provenance: Berman's Auction House NJ November, 1999. Published 2001 in Oriental Antiques & Art, An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 245.

$1450.



PUBLISHED IN 'ORIENTAL ANTIQUES AND ART'

9156. PUBLISHED JAPANESE IVORY CARVING OF A BOY MOBBED BY MONKEYS. 19th century. Representing a Japanese folk tale with the hero besieged by 9 monkeys. 7 inches. Several small losses to protruding details. Wonderful style and composition. Old ivory patina. Signed on the base.

Provenance: Ex. Robert Lang collection. "Robert Lang of Rye, NY (1909-1997) was born one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln. He made a fortune on Wall Street. He spent it on his mansion in Rye, New York and on his vast collection of hundreds of thousands of items which he purchased over a 40 year period ranging from African art to Asian art, and candlesticks to vintage cars. Recently his eclectic estate was dispersed. A valuable collection of antique vehicles was given to the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine, an institution of which he had been a founding member. The rest of his collection was sold in a series of two and three day auctions in New England. Some highlights include a copy of the declaration of Independence which he had owned sold for $415,000, an African bronze brought over $225,000, and an African Congo fetish brought over $200,000!" Dave Kenny in Maine Antique Digest. Published 2001 in Oriental Antiques & Art, An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 243.

$3500.



JAPANESE NETSUKE ART

8803. SIGNED EROTIC WOOD NETSUKE. Japan, 20th century. A woman bent over bathing in a wooden tub, an entranced frog looking on from below. Of highly polished dark brown hardwood. 1.5 x 1.5 inches. Beautifully done and far superior to the ordinary example. Channel for suspension cord in base. Signature carved in small ivory insert on base.

Provenance: Berman's Auction House NJ June, 1999.

$450.



8804. SIGNED EROTIC WOOD NETSUKE. Japan, 20th century. A bare-chested woman embracing a huge phallus with an expression of bliss on her face. Of highly polished dark brown hardwood. 3 inches. Beautifully done and far superior to the ordinary example. Channel for suspension cord in base. Signature carved in small ivory insert on base.

Provenance: Berman's Auction House NJ June, 1999.

$350.



JAPANESE PAINTING & CALLIGRAPHIC ART

SESSAI MASUYAMA

10866. JAPANESE MASTERWORK BRUSH PAINTING, WHITE HAWK IN WINTER. One of a pair. Painting on silk by Sessai Masuyama, 1754-1819. This pair of paintings is highly symbolic, with one likely representing the soul as a white hawk perched in a living body represented as a live ancient pine tree, and the other the soul as a white hawk floating above it's deceased body depicted by a dead pine tree. Signature.

Sessai Masuyama was a celebrated painter of Japan's Edo period (1603-1868) who specialized in paintings of birds in trees and similar scenes. His works are represented in a number of museums including his painting of birds and flowers in the British Museum and a famous painting of a peacock. He is also well known for the monument erected at his posthumous request to bless the souls of the insects that had died so that he could depict them in his paintings. Mushizuka. Sessai Masuyama learned the art of realistic drawing from a Chinese master, Shin Nappin, renowned for drawings of flowers and birds.

Provenance: Berman's Auction House, Morristown NJ c. 2000.

Price on request.



MASTERFUL STYLE

13002. SCROLL PAINTING OF A SCHOLAR SAGE. Kano Yasunobu 狩野安信 (1613-1685). Japan, Edo Period, mid 17th century. Hanging scroll, ink on silk. Depicting a bearded scholar sage wearing robes and holding a fly whisk. The kanji signatures (1) reads 安信筆, Painted by Yasunobu, while (2) reads 狩野安信之筆 Painting of Kano Yasunobu (Note that the character for YASU is different). The painting 38 x 16 inches on a 68 x 19 inch scroll. The bottom roller weight partially detached from the scroll and with one wooden knob missing, otherwise generally excellent condition. Full view. Closer. Even closer. Artist's signature. Owner's signature.

Provenance: Acquired at a Tokyo art sale in the early 1960's by the current owner.

$6000.



A POWERFUL REPRESENTATION

13003. SCROLL PAINTING OF THE BUDDHIST GUARDIAN ACALA. Japan, Meiji Period, late 19th century. Hanging scroll, ink on silk. Signed 久遠 (Kuon or Kudo) but I have not deciphered the stylized character used for the seal. Depicting the fanged blue guardian demon holding a sword erect in his right hand, a noose in his left hand and the golden lotus flower of enlightenment on the crown of his head. The painting 42 x 16 inches on a 74 x 21 inch scroll. Unfortunate damp stains but otherwise generally excellent condition. Signed Kuon/Kudo and sealed. Full view. Closer. Even closer. Artist's signature.

Acala (Sanskrit: "immovable") is a dharmapala primarily revered in Vajrayana Buddhism, particularly in Tangmi in Japan, China and elsewhere. He is classed among the Wisdom Kings and preeminent among the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm. Accordingly, his figure occupies an important hierarchical position in the pictorial diagramatic Mandala of the Two Realms. In Japan, Acala is revered in the Shingon Buddhism, Tendai, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism and in Shugendō. Descriptions of his physical appearance derive from such scriptural source as the Mahavairocana Tantra (大日経 Dainichikyō?) and its annotation. His face is expressive of extreme wrath, wrinkle-browed,left eye squinted or looking askance, lower teeth biting down the upper lip. He has the physique of a corpulent (round-bellied) child. He bears a sword in his right hand, and a lariat or noose (羂索 kensaku?) in his left hand. He is engulfed in flame, and seated on a huge rock base (盤石座 banjakuza?). Acala is said to be a powerful deity who protects all the living (衆生 shujō?) by burning away all impediments antarāya (障難 shōnan?) and defilements, thus aiding them towards enlightenment. shōnan In Japanese esoteric Buddhism, according to an arcane interpretive concept known as the three cakra bodies (三輪身 san rinjin?) Acala and the rest of the five wisdom kings are considered embodiments of the wheel of injunction (教令輪身 kyōryō tenshin?), or beings whose actions constitute the teaching of the law (the other embodiments teach by word, or merely by their manifest existence). Under this conceptualization, the wisdom kings are ranked superior to the dharmapala (護法善神 gohō zenshin?), a different class of guardian deities.

Provenance: Acquired at a Tokyo art sale in the early 1960's by the current owner.

$2500.



KOREAN ART

PUBLISHED IN 'ORIENTAL ANTIQUES AND ART'

9846. EARLY KOREAN OFFERING VESSEL. Old Silla Dynasty, 57 BC - 668 AD. The decorated grey glazed cover with knob handle sits on high pedestal base with openwork rectangles. 5.8 x 5 inches. Choice intact condition. Rare.

Provenance: Harmer Rooke Galleries, July 1998. Published 2001 in Oriental Antiques & Art, An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition by Mark Moran & Sandra Andacht, page 370.

$1850.