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Japanese metalwork abounds in countless forms, techniques and alloys. Throughout the centuries, Japanese metal craftsmen have imagined and created some of the finest metal artistry on earth.

The varied materials used include bronze, iron, copper, silver, gold and a mix of these known as Japanese shakudo. These have been crafted into remarkable pieces including Japanese tea and Buddhist items like kettles or tetsubin, ikebana vases, religious figures, koro incense burners, bells and lanterns, and hand mirrors.

Perhaps the most notable of all Japanese metal artistry is found in the area of Japanese sword and armor. Blades, tsuba, helmets, chest plates, abumi and sword and armor fittings have long been regarded as unsurpassed in beauty and quality throughout the world.

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Japanese Bronze Candlestand Shokudai
Japanese Bronze Candlestand Shokudai - JJ4A21
Price: $895.00
Sale Price: $806.00

Ornate Japanese bronze candlestand or shokudai, mid-20th century.  Elegant, refined karakusa (vine) motif with delicate cut-out design. Rare in these dimensions. Ideal for eye-catching interior dιcor, entertaining, or collective display.  Dimensions:  37” high, 8” diameter.
Japanese Iron Koro Incense Burner
Japanese Iron Koro Incense Burner - JJ4A217
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $446.00

Remarkable Japanese cast iron koro incense burner, Showa period, mid-20th century.  Gorgeous double-gourd motif with leaves and trailing bronze.  Heavyweight iron with rich, dark patina.  Highly detailed features.  A wonderful piece in very good condition.  Dimensions:  8.5” x 5” x 2”.
Japanese Bronze Rabbit Okimono
Japanese Bronze Rabbit Okimono - JJ3MY48
Price: $695.00
Sale Price: $556.00
SOLD

Delightful Japanese bronze rabbit okimono, 20th century.  Charming detail with lifelike form and pose, including giant ears.  Dynamic rendering commemorative of the Year of the Hare, crafted with a great sense of composition and study.  A lovely example of okimono artisanship in very good condition  Dimensions: 8” x 4” x 7”.
Japanese Iron Tetsubin, Tea Kettle
Japanese Iron Tetsubin, Tea Kettle- JJ4M111
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Wonderful Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912.  Raised arari pattern, known as hobnail and translated as hail.  Wonderful aged patina and lovely handle with wave motif.  Remarkable, refined workmanship.  Artist mark on underside.  A rare find!  Very good condition. Dimensions: 8” high, 6.5” diameter.
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle Tetsubin with Tama
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle Tetsubin with Tama - JJ4M112
Price: $149.00
Sale Price: $119.00

Unusual Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Rare, well-worn design features Buddhist tama or sacred jewel, an allusion to the treasures within us, said to bring light into darkness.  Very old repairs in mixed metal add character. Wonderful aged patina. Obviously a much loved and often utilized item. Very good antique condition. Dimensions:  10” high, 7” diameter.
Japanese Tea Kettle, Tetsubin w/ Arari Design
Japanese Tea Kettle, Tetsubin w/ Arari Design - JJ4M113
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Excellent Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912.  Raised arari pattern, known as hobnail and translated as hail.  Wonderful aged patina, bronze lid.  Remarkable, refined workmanship.  A rare find!  Very good condition. Dimensions: 9” high, 6.5” diameter.
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle Tetsubin
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle Tetsubin - JJ4M114
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Substantial Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Refined skirt design with dramatic kiri (paulownia) leaf design.  Wonderful aged patina. Very good condition. Dimensions: 12” high, 10” diameter.
Japanese Tetsubin, Iron Tea Kettle
Japanese Tetsubin, Iron Tea Kettle - JJ4M115
Price: $295.00
Sale Price: $236.00

Unique Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Lovely ring design circles the body. Wonderful aged patina, bronze lid. Very good antique condition. Dimensions:  8” high, 6” diameter.
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle - JJ4M116
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Refined Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Subtle design features patterning at neck and base. Wonderful aged patina.  Artist mark on underside and inscription on bottom of lid.  Very good antique condition. Dimensions:  10” high, 8.5” diameter.
Japanese Iron Tetsubin Tea Kettle, Plum Blossom
Japanese Iron Tetsubin Tea Kettle, Plum Blossom - JJ4M117
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Charming Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1868-1912. Lovely, well-rubbed design features plum blossoms. Wonderful aged patina. Obviously a much loved and often utilized item. Wonderful aged patina. Very good antique condition. Dimensions:12” high, 8.5” diameter.
Japanese Arari Motif Tea Kettle or Tetsubin
Japanese Arari Motif Tea Kettle or Tetsubin - JJ4M118
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Delightful Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912.  Raised arari pattern, known as hobnail and translated as hail.  Wonderful aged patina.  Remarkable, refined workmanship.  Signature on underside.  A rare find!  Very good condition.  Dimensions:  8.5” high, 7” diameter.
Japanese Iron Andon, Garden Lantern
Japanese Iron Andon, Garden Lantern- JJ4M119
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Petite traditional Japanese garden andon lamp or hanging lantern, early-mid 20th century.  Lovely design.  Intricate metal latticework with calligraphic design.  Raised base adds to appeal.  Often used with lighted candle in courtyard or tea garden. Ideal for any Asian landscape or interior decor. Very good condition. Dimensions:  8” high, 5.5” square.
Japanese Hanging Iron Vase for Ikebana, Half-Moon
Japanese Hanging Iron Vase for Ikebana, Half-Moon - JJ4F2111
Price: $249.00
Sale Price: $199.00

Petite Japanese iron half-moon vase for ikebana flower display, vintage 20th century. Charming crescent moon form, an excellent platform for a variety of displays and styles of ikebana.  A sturdy, whimsical piece of beautiful, practical use.  Very good condition.  Dimensions:  7” diameter, 2.5” deep.
Japanese Iron Tetsubin, Arari Tea Kettle
Japanese Iron Tetsubin, Arari Tea Kettle - JJ4J237
Price: $595.00
Sale Price: $476.00

Fine, heavyweight Japanese cast-iron tetsubin tea kettle for the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912.  Highly desirable arari (hail) or hobnail kettle design.  Beautifully crafted in appealing skirt form.  Fine quality with artist mark near spout. Very good condition.  Dimensions:  10” x 7.5”.
Japanese Furo-Gama, Bronze Tea Kettle and Brazier
Large Japanese Furo-Gama, Bronze Tea Kettle and Brazier - JH4F141
Price: $895.00
Sale Price: $716.00

Formidable Japanese furo-gama, all bronze kettle and brazier for the tea ceremony, early 20th century.  Unusually large and substantial in weight and appearance.  Very rare to find both pieces in bronze rather than cast iron. Kettle features the Tokugawa mon or emblem. Appealing design features ring handles and bronze lid. Tripod base. Very good condition. Dimensions:  16” high overall; 10” high, 15” diameter (brazier); 6” high, 10” diameter (kettle).
Japanese Bronze Vase, Bulb Form - Koi
Japanese Bronze Vase, Bulb Form w/ Koi - JO4F25
Price: $2,295.00
Sale Price: $2,066.00

Exceptional Japanese bronze vase in classic bulb form, Taisho period, c. 1912-1926.  Wonderfully rendered koi fish motif.  Beautiful mellowed patina. Signed by artist.  Comes with original kiri wood tomobako storage box.  Very good condition. Dimensions: 7.5” x 7”.
Japanese Iron Andon Lantern, Garden Lamp
Japanese Iron Andon Lantern, Garden or Courtyard Lamp - JJ4J231
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $396.00

Striking, traditional Japanese  garden andon or hanging lantern, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912.  Lovely pagoda design and abundant patterning and detail.  Intricate latticework with and raised base add to appeal.  Often used with lighted candle in courtyard or tea garden. Ideal for any Asian landscape or interior decor. Very good condition. Dimensions:  11” x 10”.
Japanese Iron Tetsubin Tea Kettle
Japanese Iron Tetsubin Tea Kettle - JJ4J232
Price: $395.00
Sale Price: $316.00

Rustic old Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912. Organic, textured form.  Wonderful aged patina.  Remarkable, subtle workmanship.  A rare find!  Very good condition. Dimensions:  10” x 7”.
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle, Arari Motif
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle, Arari Motif - JJ4J233
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $396.00

Splendid Japanese cast-iron tetsubin tea kettle for the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912.  Highly desirable arari (hail) or hobnail kettle design.  Beautifully crafted in appealing skirt form.  Fine quality with artist mark. Very good condition. Dimensions:  9” x 7”.
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle, Tetsubin w/ Pine Motif
Japanese Iron Tea Kettle, Tetsubin w/ Pine Motif - JJ4J234
Price: $495.00
Sale Price: $396.00

Charming Japanese iron tetsubin tea kettle for warming water during the tea ceremony, Meiji period, c. 1886-1912 Rustic skirt design with dramatic pine design throughout. Lovely workmanship.  Very good condition.  Dimensions: 9” x 7”.
   
 


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