The Sixth Batch

Category: What on Earth!?

Some Japanese and Chinese Items

Paper Items Sample: We know the owner brought back items from 1931 China and Japan...we just don't know which items are from "when." I believe they went back during the 1950's as well. We have other paperwork from 1931 that places at least the one of the couple before they were married in Japan.

Porcelain Items Sample:

Blue flower piece: Writing says "Nishikawa Japan" with a border above and below. I think there is an artist's signature (?), but I cannot understand it.

Spotted piece: This only has a signature or name. I cannot discern it.

Floral piece: This says "Maple Ware...Made in Japan" with the imprint of a red maple leaf.

Small Cup: The writing on this piece looks like raised white letters on white. The foot and bottom of this piece are not glazed.

Sake jar (?): Again, the writing "Nishikawa Japan" with a border above and below. The cups that go with this piece are very delicate and beautiful...they remind you of the shape of the jar, but their rims are carved into flowers that have cut-outs in the porcelain.

Pottery: The glaze on this piece is rougher...the markings are on labels. The one on the side says "J 7 5 9".

Laquerware: We now have found three sets of these...all with matching lids (not pictured here). I imagine them to be pretty common.

Cup with Characters: The bottom of this cup says "WAKO China Made in Japan"

Bronze, brass and metal items sample:

Item #1
< On hold

Bronze Elephant: I tried to reproduce the signature on the bottom because it does not photograph well. It is in the red square.

Brass (?) Teapot:

Wooden items sample: < Has been adopted

Netsuke (perhaps?): I cannot place this piece. No signature on bottom. Perhaps had a slight red stain on lips at one time. Detail of clothing is exquisite.

Paper arts items sample: < On hold

The first one is from "Collection". The second and third are individual pieces that were once in frames.

Thank you so much to the discussion group for helping out a very perplexed me. They specialize in interpreting marks from China and some from Japan, as well as helping to identify the age of objects. The site is fantastically educational with lots of great pictures. So check it out if you get the chance.
Look in the comments for a note from "HR" who helped me out with a few items.

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1. The wood cut print book: if it is original, then it is very valuable, since the artist "Hiroshige" was famous in Japanese prints. But you can look at the book again, since it has some English on it.
2. Wood figures: if they had hole on the back or on the base, then they are Netsuke, otherwise, just craving called "Okimono", the age is likely from 1920-1950.
3. The inlaid tea-pots are from 1920-1950.
4. Bronze figure of an elephent: is likely from Meiji period (end 19th century), and has some value. I could not read the mark (the picture is too small).
5. Porcelains are modern (I mean the age after 1940) except for the bowls in stoneware.
Hope to have been some help for you.


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