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By Appointment is best. You might get lucky just popping by, but a great deal of the month I am out visiting artists or scouring up new items, so days in the gallery are limited.
In accordance with the request of local authorities our gallery in Kyoto will be closed from April 1st until further notice.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1100818 (stock #443)
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Graffito is scratched into the white crackled glaze of this bowl by world renowned artist Kumakura Junkichi (1920-1985) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. See also the vase by the same artist we will be listing next.
Junkichi began working in ceramics in the 1940s, his works submitted to innumerable National and International Exhibitions including the Japan Art Festival, New York and the international Arts and C...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1100895 (stock #444)
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Graffito is scratched into the white crackled glaze of this bowl by world renowned artist Kumakura Junkichi (1920-1985) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 6 inches (15.5 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. See also the previously listed bowl by the same artist.
Junkichi began working in ceramics in the 1940s, his works submitted to innumerable National and International Exhibitions including the Japan Art Festival, New York and the int...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1101151 (stock #445)
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White splashes into the pale terracotta of this large basin by world renowned artist Suzuki Osamu enclosed in the original signed kiri-wood box. The bowl measures almost 12 inches (28.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and is in excellent condition, stamped on the base with the character Su in a square cartouche.
Osamu was, along with Kumakura Junkichi, Hikaru Yamada and Yagi Kazuo, one of the founding members of the influential Sodeisha (Crawling Through Mud Association), a grou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1102954 (stock #447)
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Dials decorate the iron and slip dripped sides of this square Tsubo by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. iron underlies the circular windows of impressed rope designs over top of which runs dribbles of white slip. Very much representative of this artists work, it is just under 4 x 4 x 8 inches (9.5 x 9.5 x 19 cm) and in excellent condition.
After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Ham...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1103295 (stock #448)
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An Exquisite rugged Hagi vase by Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu X (1895-1981) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box in turn enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. A swatch of pale slip circles the dramatically textured oni-clay peppered with fine silica stones, a strong statement. The red earth is revealed around the base, accentuating the dynamics of the pot. It is roughly 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter, 6 inches (15 cm) tall and in fine condition.
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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1103670 (stock #449)
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A pair of men-tori gourd shaped sake flasks by Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. One flask is decorated in blue with bamboo and the characters Sei-Fu (pure wind). The second is dated in blue and pink with pomegranates with the inscription “For the use of Yuzo, October 27, 1976”. Both are signed on the base. It is likely these came from the artists own personal collection. Each stands roughly 5 inches (13 cm) tall. There are two fractures vis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1103863 (stock #450)
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Pale lavender dapples the torn surface of this kurinuki vase by important artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This style of digging the work out of the clay rather than forming the clay on a wheel has been a signature of this artists work for two decades. The vessel is roughly 5-1/2 x 8 inches (20 x 14 cm), 7 inches (18 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Masano likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagis most well known names, he has been display...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1104178 (stock #451)
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A stunning kinrande work by important Kutani artist Yamamoto Shigeyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. How has he so expertly defined the pattern, as it swells and shrinks on its way down the curvaceous form? The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Shigeyoshi (b. 1931) was born in the hotspring town of Ishikawa prefecture and was eheavily influenced by his grandfather the first generatin Kitajima Bunsen. He apprenticed under several people, starting wi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1108339 (stock #354)
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Green covers the rounded edges of this perforated vessel by Yagi Akira enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter, 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in Kyoto in 1955, son of avant garde Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) one of the founding members of Sodeisha. Akira was voted one of the 20 most important living artists by Honoho, Japans premier print...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1108340 (stock #202)
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A large Mimitsuki Vase covered in deeply fissured celadon glaze by Suzuki Sansei (b. 1936) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The translucent glaze is like that of an agate, shattered with heat, the crackling wide in the thick pale bluish green fog. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (13.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.
Mitsunari began with a six year apprenticeship under Kawamura Seizan and has received innumerable awards over his 40 year career. He has ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1110124 (stock #321)
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Charred ash deposits are baked into the side of this large Tsubo by Shigaraki Representative Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Rivulets strike out from the heat blasted face, the coloring pleasing on all sides. The Tsubo is 10-1/2 inches (26 cm) diameter, 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Shiro (born 1936), of Shigaraki, was a student of Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi and Kiyomizu Kyubei. He established his first kilns, a noborigama climbing ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1111626 (stock #229)
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A flamboyant vase by Kawai Toru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Gosu Mentori Ashitsuki Tsubo. Outside the vase is covered in Gosu blue, inside contrasted with iron red. The shape is all Toru, an artist who took the work of Kanjiro and moved beyond, as represented in this large tri-legged tsubo. The vase is 14 inches (35 cm) tall, roughly 12 inches (30 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.
Toru was born in 1941, the son of Kawai Takeichi. He apprenticed jointly unde...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1113468 (stock #465)
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Oni Shino Vase by Tsukigata Nahiko (1923-2006) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze tinge blends from green to yellow to red, the colors blending as the entire surface slides liquid down the sides. Super-high-firing technique allows the various ash and fledspar glazes to melt and combine into a glass surface unseen in other potters. This is a masterpiece of that style. The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Nahiko was not only an accomplishe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1113687 (stock #466)
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A large Shinshoku Ware-tsubo eroded through natural processes during firing with a shattered rim attached to the body at the shoulder. This piece is a virtual textbook on Yohen firing effects. Tamadare, Shinshoku, koge and other effects are supplanted by a large white kutsuki on the front, all under the shadow of the shattered rim fused to the shoulder. It is roughly 10 inches (25 cm) tall, the same diameter enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box. To quote from Japanese Wood fired Ceramics, Cerami...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1114704 (stock #468)
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Each uniquely carved row of frets on this large textured koro is a variegated shade of raw clay by Matsuzaki Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece measures7 inches (17 cm) square, 9 inches (22 cm) tall and is in fine condition.
Matsuzaki Ken was born in Tokyo in 1950, and grew up in that dynamic post war era where tradition and modernity were at constant loggerheads. He graduated Tamagawa University in 1972, and moved to Mashiko to take up an apprenticeship under (t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1114860 (stock #469)
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A very cool Ginsai covered dish by Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Bright silver swirls to the center alternated by wrinkled lead colored glaze. It is 8 inches (20.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Shiro was born the fourth son of Living National Treasure for Lacquerware. His sensitivity to textures may stem from that exacting influence. Although his older brother succeeded the family tradition (another branching into paper arts), Shiro, after gradua...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1115068 (stock #470)
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Silver gleams among the Tenmoku spots of this fine ceramic charger by Sasaki Yuzuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 18-1/2 inches (47 cm) diameter, 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Yuzuru (b. 1949) has been dazzling Japan with his unique Tenmoku wares for more than a quarter century. He was born in Okayama, and apprenticed under Kimura Morikazu (a god of Tenmoku himself) for 8 years while attending the Kyoto Ceramic Research Institute, establ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1115151 (stock #471)
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Burnt yellow glaze streaks down the body to form encrustations of glazz on the base of this organic looking vessel by Hori Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Hori Ichiro (b. 1952) graduated the Tajimi School of Industrial Design and apprenticed under Kato Kozo. He has been awarded the Governors prize at the Asahi Ceramics Exhibtion, and has been displayed at the Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten as well as Nihon Dento K...