Here are some antiques.
The first pictures are of 2 Jomon pots. They are large, between 50-85 cm. tall, and are from a collector in the Sendai region who is trying to sell them. One of the most interesting things about them is that they weren’t destroyed in the earthquake/tsunami last year. The owner lives in the area effected but the pots escaped.
The next is a kogo makie , 蒔絵 , with a pewter guard where the top and bottom touch. It is from the Muromachi period. Some notes on if it is real or fake. The pewter guard is planned from the beginning so if there is makie below it that is a sure indicator of a fake. Older makie is identifiable by the rougher grind of the gold. Into the Edo period and later the techniques for refining the gold improved and the dust becomes finer. This is an older piece and the gold particles are rougher and much larger. A final point, not on fakes but on design. The lines of the box are very slightly curved. I don’t know if this is because this is Japan and not Über rational China or if the Japanese were copying the Chinese.
The last piece is a Shino saketsuke. It in itself is an amazing piece, soft, subtle, expensive. The part of it I got caught up in is the box. I have never seen such detailed and fine work on such a small scale.