Important Japanese Art

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Date of the auction: 21.09.2021

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A SET OF TWELVE SILVER ARTICULATED SCULPTURES OF INSECTS

A SET OF TWELVE SILVER ARTICULATED SCULPTURES OF INSECTS MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD (EARLY 20TH CENTURY), EACH SIGNED KOZAN (TAKASE KOZAN; 1869-1934) Each insect constructed of numerous hammered parts jointed together with movable wings, limbs or antennae, each finely detailed; signature on body The

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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A SHIBUICHI ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER

A SHIBUICHI ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD (EARLY 20TH CENTURY), SIGNED KOZAN (TAKASE KOZAN; 1869-1934) WITH CURSIVE MONOGRAM (KAO) The shibuichi lobster constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the body bends and the shakudo eyes, antennae, limbs

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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A COPPER ARTICULATED MODEL OF A LOBSTER

A COPPER ARTICULATED MODEL OF A LOBSTER 20TH CENTURY, SIGNED KOZANBO MUNEAKI (ISHIKAWA MUSABURO OF KOZAN WORKSHOP) The copper lobster constructed of numerous hammered plates joined inside the body, the body bends and the eyes, antennae, limbs, fins and legs move, the details finely carved and

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A LOBSTER EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MYO AND SHIGE The iron lobster constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the body bends and the eyes, antennae, limbs, fins and legs move, the details finely carved and chiseled, signature on

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$20,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A CARP

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A CARP EDO-MEIJI PERIOD (19TH CENTURY), SIGNED KIYOAKI WITH CURSIVE MONOGRAM (KAO) The iron carp constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the body bends, the fins move, the details of fins and scales finely chiseled, the eyes of shakudo

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$12,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A CARP

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A CARP MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD (EARLY 20TH CENTURY), SIGNED KOZAN (TAKASE TORAKICHI; 1869-1934) WITH CURSIVE MONOGRAM The iron carp constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the body bends and the whiskers, eyes, mouth and fins move, the details of

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICUALTED SCULPTURE OF A TURTLE

AN IRON ARTICUALTED SCULPTURE OF A TURTLE EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY), SIGNED UMETADA The iron turtle constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, hinged jaw opening to reveal a movable tongue, eyes, limbs and claws move, the tail retractable, the details finely carved and

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$20,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A SNAKE

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A SNAKE EDOPERIOD (19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MYOCHIN SAKU The iron snake constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the head incised with scales and fitted with a hinged jaw opening to reveal a movable gold tongue, gilt eyes, neck installed with

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A SNAKE

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A SNAKE MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MUNEKAZU (TOMIKI ISUKE I; 1835-1894) The iron snake constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the head finely incised with hinged jaw opening to reveal a movable tongue, gilt eyes, signature on

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A ROOSTER AND HEN

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A ROOSTER AND HEN EARLY 20TH CENTURY, EACH SIGNED KASHU MUNEYOSHI (MUNEYOSHI OF KAGA PROVINCE [TANAKA TADAYOSHI;?-1958]) The iron rooster and hen constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, allowing the necks, tips of the wings and the beaks to

Lot #: 10

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF AN EAGLE ON STAND

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF AN EAGLE ON STAND MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), ATTRIBUTED TO ITAO SHINJIRO (1842-1911) The iron eagle constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body, the neck, wings, limbs and claws move, hinged beak opening to reveal a movable tongue, the eyes

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICUALTED SCULPTURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST (SHACHI)

AN IRON ARTICUALTED SCULPTURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST (SHACHI) EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY), SIGNED TOTO JU MYOCHIN SHIKIBU (SOSUKE) The russet-iron mythical beast with tiger head and fish body finely constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body; the mouth opens, the tongue moves, the

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST (SHACHI)

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST (SHACHI) EDO PERIOD (18TH-19TH CENTURY), SIGNED MUNENOBU (MYOCHIN MUNENOBU) The iron mythical beast with tiger head and fish body finely constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body; the whiskers move, the fins and tail open and

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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A SILVER ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A DRAGON

A SILVER ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A DRAGON MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY) The silver dragon constructed of numerous hammered plated jointed inside the body; the mouth opens, limbs and claws move, the body bends, the head applied with elaborate horns, spines and whiskers, the tail of the dragon

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$2,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A DRAGON

AN IRON ARTICULATED SCULPTURE OF A DRAGON EDO PERIOD (19TH CENTURY), SIGNED KIYOHARU (MYOCHIN KIYOHARU) The russet-iron dragon finely constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body; the hinged jaw opening to reveal a movable tongue, ears, limbs and claws move, the body bends, the

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$300,000 - US$350,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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AN IRON PANEL OF BUNSHOSEI (THE STAR DEMON)

AN IRON PANEL OF BUNSHOSEI (THE STAR DEMON) MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), SIGNED TOMOTOSHI WITH CURSIVE MONOGRAM (KAO) (HIRANO UNOKICHI; 1831-1889) The rectangular iron panel decorated with polychrome patinated mixed metal parts as Bunshosei (the Star Demon; Kaisei) holding a brush and ink stone

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$25,000 - US$35,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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A SCULPTURE OF A PAIR OF QUAILS

A SCULPTURE OF A PAIR OF QUAILS MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD (LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY), SIGNED KATSUHIRO (KAGAWA KATSUHIRO; 1853-1917) The metal sculpture in the suhama (sandy beach) shape, a pair of quails setting on rokusho-nuri ground slope by a gilt silver stream with copper and gold-inlaid maple

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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A FINE THREE-CASE INRO

A FINE THREE-CASE INRO MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), SIGNED ZESHIN (SHIBATA ZESHIN; 1807-1891) Decorated in polychrome lacquer hiramaki-e and takamaki-e, with a Japanese style reception room accompanied with hanging scroll, insense burner and hanging flower flower vase, the reverse with

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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A SINGLE-CASE LACQUER INRO

A SINGLE-CASE LACQUER INRO MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY), SIGNED ZESHIN (SHIBATA ZESHIN; 1807-1891) Finely decorated on a seido-nuri ground in polychrome takamaki-e, with a persimmon and two blackcurrants on one side and blackcurrants on a branch on reverse, roiro-nuri interior, lacquered ojime

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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SHIBATA ZESHIN (1807-1891)

SHIBATA ZESHIN (1807-1891) Landscapes, plants and animals of four seasons Each signed Zeshin, sealed Koma, Zeshin, Shin or Tairyukyo Twelve paintings for an accordion album; lacquer on paper or lacquer and gold leaf on paper 7 5/8 x 6 5/8 in. (19.5 x 16.8 cm.) each approx. (12)With a wood box

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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IKEDA TAISHIN (1825-1903)

IKEDA TAISHIN (1825-1903) Album of fourteen lacuqer paintings Each sealed Taishin or koma Fourteen paintings mounted as an accordion album; lacquer on paper or lacquer 7 5/8 x 6 ¾ in. (19.4 x 17.1 cm.) each (14

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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SHIBATA ZESHIN (1807-1891)

SHIBATA ZESHIN (1807-1891) Anthropomorphic Turtles Playing Signed and dated Keio ni tsuchinoto shunjitsu Zeshin (On a spring day in the second year of Keio Era [1866] by Zeshin), sealed Tairyukyo Handscroll; ink and light color on paper 12 ¼ x 277 1/8 in. (31 x 704 cm.) With double wood boxes

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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ATTRIBUTED TO SHIBATA ZESHIN (1807-1891)

ATTRIBUTED TO SHIBATA ZESHIN (1807-1891) Pictures of Chinese and Japanese figures The first scroll titled Zeshin o hitsu Wajinbusukan (Study of Japanese people by old man Zeshin), the second scroll titled Zeshin o hitsu Kanjinbutsukan (Study of Chinese people painted by old man Zeshin), each signed

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$30,000 - US$40,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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KITAO SHIGEMASA (1739-1820)

KITAO SHIGEMASA (1739-1820) The poet Sugawara Michizane Woodblock print, mizu-e, early 1760s Vertical hosoban: 12 ¼ x 5 3/8 in. (31.1 x 13.7 cm

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$15,000 - US$18,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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SUZUKI HARUNOBU (1725-1770)

SUZUKI HARUNOBU (1725-1770) Toi no Tamagawa (Pounding cloth at Jewel River) Woodblock print, from an untitled series Mutamagawa (Six Jewel Rivers), signed Suzuki Harunobu ga, circa 1766-67 Vertical chuban: 10 7/8 x 8 1/8 in. (27.6 x 20.6 cm

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$25,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1754-1806)

KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1754-1806) Hair arrangement Woodblock print, from the series Meisho fukei bijin jyuniso (Beautiful women representing scenes of famous places), signed Utamaro hitsu, circa 1803 Vertical oban: 15 ¼ x 10 ¾ in. (38.7 x 27.3 cm

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1754-1806)

KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1754-1806) Shiba Suminoe (Suminoe at Shiba) Woodblock print, from the series Gonin bijin aikyo kurabe (Comparing the charms of the five beauties), signed Shomei Utamaro hitsu and sealed Honke (true line), published by Omiya Gonkuro, circa 1795-96 Vertical oban: 14 ¾ x 10 1/8 in

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1743-1806)

KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1743-1806) Chunagon Yukihira, Iso no Shiokumi Matsukaze Woodblock print, from the series Jitsu kurabe iro no minakami (True feelings compared: the founts of love), signed Utamaro hitsu, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo), circa 1798-99 Vertical oban: 15 1/8 x 10 ¼ in. (38.4

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$2,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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TOSHUSAI SHARAKU (ACT. 1794-95)

TOSHUSAI SHARAKU (ACT. 1794-95) The actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV as Gorobei, the Fishmonger from San'ya Woodblock print with silver mica ground, signed Toshusai Sharaku ga, published by Tsutaya Juzaburo (Koshodo), 5th month 1794 Vertical oban: 14 5/8 x 9 ¼ in. (37.1 x 23.5 cm

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021

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TOSHUSAI SHARAKU (ACT. 1794-95)

TOSHUSAI SHARAKU (ACT. 1794-95) The actor Iwai Hanshiro IV as the Wet Nurse Shigenoi Woodblock print with silver mica ground, signed Toshusai Sharaku ga, published by Tsutaya Juzaburo (Koshodo), 5th month 1794 Vertical oban: 15 x 9 7/8 in. (38.1 x 25.1 cm

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 21 Sep 2021