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Auction Description for J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC: 5th Annual New Years Day Auction - January 1st, 2014
Viewing Notes:
For the fifth consecutive year, J. Levine Auction & Appraisal is hosting its popular New Year's Day auction. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Wed., Jan. 1 with bidding starting at 11 a.m. The public is also invited to preview items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 31. We're featuring the 'best of the best' with a focus on fine art, bronzes and sculpture, orientalia, estate jewelry, 18th century silver, and more from affluent estates throughout Arizona.
Sale Notes:
There are high profile, museum-quality offerings you would not expect to see in Arizona. It's truly a rare opportunity to attain fine items like these on the open market.

5th Annual New Years Day Auction - January 1st, 2014

(240 Lots)

by J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC

Platinum House

240 lots with images

January 1, 2014

Live Auction

10345 North Scottsdale Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ, 85253 USA

Phone: (480) 496-2212

Fax: (480) 889-5520

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Rare VAN BRIGGLE No.767 Embossed Vase

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Description: A rare Van Briggle example of a large vase embossed with daisies under a matte green glaze. Early 20th Century. Incised AA VAN BRIGGLE COLO SPGS 767. Measures 10 1/4" tall x 12" wide. See: Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2011 Price Guide By Mark F. Moran, Page 203.

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PAIR of 19th C. Paris Porcelain Apothecary Jars

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Description: A pair of 19th century Paris porcelain apothecary jars with rare Mexican subject matter. Each features a coat of arms with an eagle and serpent, gold gilt throughout. Inscribed in the cartouche is "Bals:Comm:" and "Ext:Quass:" Marked on bottom Drogueria Universal, Mexico, Paris. Each stands approximately 10.5" tall with lid. Some typical loss to gold gilt, especially on lid knobs.

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Sevres-Style Hand Painted Porcelain Urn PAIR

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Description: FINE Pair of hand painted brass mount ormolu Sevres style porcelain lidded urns measuring 16" base to finial, one lid having an old repair (see photos), by well known Sevres artist "A. Gilbert".

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PAIR Antique Sevres 17

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Description: PAIR antique Sevres porcelain lidded urns measuring 17" tall having brass and bronze mounts, one lid having a hairline underneath, nicely hallmarked.

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Pair of Dresden Porcelain Urns

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Description: A pair of lovely hand-painted porcelain urns. Each stands at 12.5 inches tall. Marked with a blue under glaze "AR."

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Meissen Snake-Handled Lamp

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Description: A hand painted Meissen lamp featuring two larger outdoor figural scenes and snake handles. In good working order. Measures approximately 37.5" high from base to final. Shade included (some wear/repairs needed on bottom of shade). Due to size, third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Fulper Two-Toned Art Pottery Vase

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Description: A lovely Fulper two-toned pottery vase in pink and blue violet. Measures approximately 9" tall. Fulper mark on bottom.

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Fulper Ten-Sided Art Pottery Bowl

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Description: A Fulper art pottery bowl with ten sides in blue hues. Measures approximately 8.5" in diameter. Fulper mark on bottom.

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Colt Roy Rogers .45 Commemorative Revolver

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Description: Cased United States Historical Society Single Action Commemorative Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys" revolver, .45 cal., 4.75" barrel, blue and gold finish with stag grips. This gun is in excellent condition showing little handling; the frame, backstrap, hammer and barrel assembly are blue finished with the cylinder, front sight and trigger guard strap gold finished; the frame is ornamented with an image of Roy, guitars and the 50 years of entertainment and public service logo, the cylinder is ornamented with stars and musical score, the barrel is marked "U.S. Historical Society" and "Roy Rogers, KING OF THE COWBOYS". The presentation case is of hardwood and lined with a brass Commemorative plaque inset. Serial number Commemorative revolver ser. #44/250. All out of state purchasers of post-1898 firearms must have guns shipped to a licensed FFL dealer, NO exceptions, NO HAND GUN shipments to California, long guns and black powder rifles OK.

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Paloma Picasso (ne 1949) Daum Glass Sculpture

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Description: A French Daum limited edition (numbered 9/150) glass sculpture by Paloma Picasso (ne 1949) entitled "Pineapple Woman." Was most recently exhibited at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. Paloma Picasso is the youngest of Pablo Picasso's children and is mostly known for her jewelry and accessory designs featured by Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany & Co., but art runs in her veins. Piece measures approximately 17.5" x 13". Due to weight, third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Abstract French Daum Glass Sculpture by Solomon

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Description: A blue and clear frosted French Daum glass sculpture by Solomon. Limited edition 9/50. Measures approximately 13.75" H x 20" W x 3" D. Third party shipping is required due to weight.

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Bangkok Leopard Rug

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Description: Good condition, real teeth and possibly a real skull. The rug is approx. 74" long from the nose to the tip of the tail and 47" across paw to paw. Check with your local & state governments about ownership! Although taken and mounted pre-CITIES ban, shipping out of the state of Arizona is prohibited.

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Antique German Black Forest Needle Horn Case

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Description: A circa 1880's German black forest needle horn case with ivory lid depicting a dog. Optical viewer in horn handle. Displayed on a sterling silver stand designed by Navajo silversmith Edison Begay (stamped EB, Sterling). Needle case measures approximately 4" in length.

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Large Verdue Tapestry with Cranes

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Description: A dazzling large verdue wall tapestry featuring cranes bathing themselves in a lush forest with a wonderfully detailed border. A statement piece for any room! Measures approximately 6' 1" x 8' 11".

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A French Fire Screen with Embroidery

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Description: A beautiful French Fire Screen with wooden frame/stand measures approximately 48 inches tall and features a 21 by 25.5 inch Embroidered Panel with a Lady, Gent and Falconer. Due to size third party shipping is required for out of state bidders

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19th Century Framed Tapestry Panel

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Description: A beautiful French Tapestry Panel, measures 33 by 35 inches as framed. The Panel depicts Clergy, Ladies and Noblemen. Reverse painted glass border. Due to size third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Hollywood Art Deco Vanity Mirror

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Description: An amazing Art Deco Mirror. Measures 32 by 22 by 6 inches deep. Pair of crystal light sprays on side and controlled bubble centerpiece. Straight out of Hollywood. Some wear and corrosion to the brass and chipped paint, cracked base. No missing prisms, felt back blue glass mirror is in good condition with minor wear on the edges. The lights are in working order and the cord is good. Very rare piece.

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HUGE 13

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Description: 33cm 13" genuine Italian stiletto switchblade with pearloid scales, brass liners and pins, dagger-point blade, snaps open with a kick and locks up tight, check local laws for possession legality.

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Ikkansai Kasama Shigetsugu Tanto Knife

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Description: Important signed Ikkansai Kasama Shigetsugu Gendaito tanto knife with horimono. No comprehensive Gendaito reference will fail to list even cursory information about Kasama Shigetsugu. He is an icon of gendaito smiths with credit fully earned. Arguably, he remains one of the most important sword smiths of the 20th century and his influence continues to this day. In the Taisho period (1912-1925), a time when sword crafts waned for lack of need or demand, he worked in a diligent, scholarly approach to revive and foster sword craft from the precipice of complete loss. He studied swords from a metallurgical perspective with Tawara Kuniichi in laboratory settings. He sculpted magnificent horimono in astounding details as shown on this blade.

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WWI Archive of Female Entertainer

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Description: A WWI archive from female entertainer Carolyn Bulley featuring many photos, postcards, letters, patches and badges, a German Iron Cross metal, among others. Loose material and a keepsake/photo book.

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Ukrainian WWII Refugee - An Archive

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Description: An archive from Ukrainian WWII war refugee Ivan "Juan" Didenko. He was in Argentina via Paraguay. Large lot of materials to include items from WWII era and beyond such as photos, newspaper clippings, correspondence, etc.. Loose, in binders and photo books. An interesting look at his life and family.

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Antique Wooden Music Box c. 19th Century

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Description: A stunning antique wooden music box circa 19th century with floral inlay on lid and geometric inlay on front. In good working order and plays six songs. A decorative label on the interior lists the songs in French. No key present but box opens and closes without it, however, it does not close evenly. Good condition. Measures approximately 6.25" x 18" x 9".

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RARE Regina Upright Model 35 Music Box

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Description: Very Fine Regina Model 35 upright bow front automatic 12 disc changer with barley twist columns c.1899-1910 having an additional 11 discs in the cabinet drawer, having a numbered dial to select the discs, measuring approx. 68'' tall x 26'' wide, fully functional, wonderful condition, one break to the top left carving (see photos), deep rich sound from one of the most popular Regina players! Due to size third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Antique Charro Saddle in Museum Display Case

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Description: A late 19th or early 20th century Charro Saddle from an Arizona Estate by way of a Boston Law Firm Lobby. The piece was adored for many years and was a gift of a well known Spanish Firm in the mid 1960s. Due to size and weight third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Large Art Glass Kaleidoscope, Parlor Model

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Description: Excellent condition, approximately 20.5" high x 6" across.

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2005 Rick Rowley Black Granite Owl Statue

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Description: Original sculpture signed Rowley, 2005. Polished black granite. Good condition. Approximately 14.25" tall x 32.5" across x 12" wide. Heavy stone. Due to size and weight third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Rick Rowley Carved Wood Clown Kachina

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Description: Original sculpture by Rowley. Approximately 86.5" tall. $3,300 price tag. Due to size and weight third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Rick Rowley Carved Kachina Statue, Ponderosa Pine

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Description: Original wooden sculpture carved and painted by Rick Rowley. Approximately 63" tall x 11" diameter base. $1,900 price tag. Due to size and weight third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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(5) Bronze Tiffany Desk Pieces

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Description: A group of five Tiffany and Company bronze desk pieces to include three letter holders, a pen tray and an ovular lidded box. Each piece is stamped "Tiffany Studios, New York." The largest item is the pair of single-sided letter holders, measuring approximately 6" x 9.25" x 2.5".

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Shin-gunto, Army Officers Sword, WWII, Japanese

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Description: World War II Japanese Shin-gunto sword with a blue & brown tassel (Lieutenants / Captains colors), metal scabbard and leather covers. No markings on the Habaki. We did not remove the hilt / grip to check for markings. Good overall condition, some slight nicks to blade (shown in photos).

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PAIR of German 2-Light Candle Sconces w/ Porcelain

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Description: An elegant set of gold toned German two-light candle scones with porcelain figures and flowers by Volksberg, circa 1900. Each measures approximately 16" high. Loss to porcelain flower petals on both sconces. The gentleman figure's base shows evidence of an old repair.

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French Art Deco Dining Room Table & Barrel Chairs

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Description: A French Deco Dining Room Table including (6) Original Upholstered Barrel Chairs, circa 1925. The table measures 62" long X 28" tall, for perspective. The mahogany barrel back armchairs, 31.5" H x 21.5" W x 21"D. Due to size and weight third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Anwar El Sadat Inlay Palace Desk Suite

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Description: A well inlaid desk, chair and stand from the palace of Anwar El Sadat, last purchased at the Arizona Biltmore Auction. Pervious owner purchased for over $30,000 in the mid-1990s. Desk measures approximately 33.5" H x 68" W x 36" D, chair measures 43" H x 27" W x 23.5" D with a 21" seat height, stool measures 17" H x 14" in diameter.

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Large Decorative Abalone Urn

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Description: Decorative Continental lidded urn wonderfully elaborated with horizontal registers of inlaid abalone in geometric patterns against a red ground, measuring 51" tall. Due to size third party shipping is required for out of state bidders.

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Middle Eastern Inlaid Grand Entry Mirror

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Description: Middle Eastern inlay grand entry mirror measuring approximately 85" H x 47" W x 16" deep including base.

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Antique Gaming Box: Ivory, Wood and Bone

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Description: A circa 1880's antique wooden gaming box to include: leather wrapped dice shaker cups, cards, dice, a game board, ivory chess pieces and checkers, bone dominoes and gaming chips, etc... Wooden case has applied metal crest on top and one large crack, measures approximately 4.5" high x 13" wide x 9" deep.

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PAIR of Baccarat Medallion 3-Arm Glass Candelabras

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Description: A pair of Baccarat glass medallion 3-arm candelabras with back-cut hanging prisms, each measuring approximately 20" high x 13" wide. Raised embossed Baccarat signature on underside of each pedestal. Apologies throughout prisms on both pieces, some fleabites/chips on candle cups.

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Lalique Swimming Swan PAIR

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Description: PAIR of Lalique solid crystal swimming swans, each having an etched mirrored base, measuring approximately 14" long x 9.5" tall and 14" long x 6" tall

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Lalique Narcisse Crystal Vase

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Description: Retailed at $6,900.00, this massive 11" Lalique Narcisse vase weighs over 17 lbs., perfect condition.

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Lalique Champs-Elysees Glass Bowl

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Description: Lalique Champs-Elysees Art Glass bowl measuring approx. 7.5" x 18", excellent condition.

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NIB Daum Bird Of Paradise Vase

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Description: NIB Daum 9" tall Bird of Paradise glass vase in fitted box.

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Loetz Czech Iridescent Coiled Snake Vase

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Description: Loetz Czech iridescent hand blown yellow art glass vase with coiled overlay design depicting a snake. Measures approx. 7-1/8" tall.

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Czech Bohemian Malachite Glass Perfume

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Description: A Czech Bohemian Malachite Glass Perfume in the manner of Ingrid Hoffman, circa 1930. Measures 7.25 inches tall. Slight flecks on stopper.

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Oiva Toikka Nuutajarvi Art Glass Duck Sculpture

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Description: Oiva Toikka Nuutajarvi (Finland) Art Glass duck sculpture measuring approx. 8.25" long, artist signed

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Carved Ivory Emperor Empress

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Description: Chinese carved ivory Emperor and Empress figures on fitted wooden bases, measuring approx. 11.5" tall overall, artist signed

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Chinese Jade Marriage Bowl

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Description: Late 19th / Early 20th Century Chinese. A mottled green spinach jade marriage bowl. The panels about the sides have foliage in relief, two ornately carved peony handles, each supporting a loose ring. Measures 13 inches handle to handle, 8.25 inches and 1-3/4 inches tall.

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Tosa School (16th/17th Century) Tale of Genji #1

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Description: Scene from The Tale of Genji, or Illustration of the Genji Monogatari, painting mounted and well framed in black lacquered box. Late 16th, Early 17th Century, Tosa School. Uses ink, color, gold and gold leaf on paper with gesso. Image measures approximately 8.25" x 10.25" and frame 29" x 33". Provenance: Exposition in 1978, of important Japanese Art Works in Zona Rosa, Mexico City.

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Tosa School (16th/17th Century) Tale of Genji #2

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Description: Scene from The Tale of Genji, or Illustration of the Genji Monogatari, painting mounted and well framed in black lacquered box. Late 16th, Early 17th Century, Tosa School. Uses ink, color, gold and gold leaf on paper with gesso. Image measures approximately 8.25" x 10.25" and frame 29" x 33". Provenance: Exposition in 1978, of important Japanese Art Works in Zona Rosa, Mexico City

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Japanese Gilt Black Lacquer Butsudan Shrine

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Description: Japanese gilt and black lacquer butsudan (cabinet for Buddhist worship), appears to be Meiji period, the folding double doors opening to a second set of doors with silk-backed lattice work and a gilt interior. This piece measures approximately 58.5" H x 26" W x 26" D.

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RARE Japanese Ivory & Bronze Kagamibuta, Meiji

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Description: An exquisite and rare Japanese ivory with great age patina and bronze Kagamibuta (button) from the Meiji period (1868-1912). Measures approximately 1.75" in diameter.

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