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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 1970 item #777631 (stock #250)
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An animated work by one of Japans most interesting 20th century ceramic artists Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box endorsed by the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. The heavy piece dates from later in this artists distinguished career. It is in a style known as Doro-e, or slip design, and the design is actually raised quite off the surface. All is covered in a gosu cobalt glaze. The plaque is 8 by 11-1/4 by 2 inches (20 x 28.5 x 5 cm) and in perfect condition. Dish plaques like this are ver...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #780257 (stock #255)
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Here are an assortment of three sake cups by both Kaneta Masanao and Kishimoto Kennin. The first is the Masanao, a superb pale kurinuki Hagi bowl covered in lavender tinged glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The second is an igneous natural Iga piece by Kishimoto Kennin, also excellent condition in the original signed box. Last is a thick feldspar crusted Shino bowl also by Kennin, enclosed in an unsigned wooden box. All are in excellent condition, roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #791009 (stock #258)
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A Nezumi-Shino tea bowl by Shino Artist Nakajima Masao (1922-present); the daring lines and rugged texture, in addition to the bold geometric patterns visible through the thick, pitted red glaze make this bowl quite outstanding. The artists’ stamp is impressed beside the Kodai, and it comes in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The large bowl measures 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, just over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim and is in perfect condition, reminiscent of the famous Momoyama pe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #791234 (stock #259)
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A stylish faceted piece by Toita Takatsugu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A milk white glaze thinly veils the rough dark clay, windows of dark brown showing through about the base and side. It appears to have been formed on a wheel, then shaped, with standing flanges where the sides were cut away. The chunky piece is just less than 8 inches (20 cm) tall, and is in perfect condition. Takatsugu was born in Toyama in 1943, and began his training at the age of 23 under Yoshida Kozo,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #793057 (stock #264)
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The fire side of this traditional form mimitsuki Shigaraki cylinder has been flattened with a deep swath of the paddle, creating a valley through which ran molten glass to which clings a thick range of crisp ash embers, a spectacular piece by Shigaraki representative Honiwa Rakunyu (d. 1963) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Opposite Tombo-no-me (dragonfly eyes) speckle the raw red surface; the result of feldspathic inclusions in the clay body. The vase is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #794234 (stock #265)
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A striking large Han-zutsu Shino bowl by Kato Kageaki with cotton buffer and silk bag enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Linear forms lie shadowlike below the thick pitted shino glaze burnt red on the edges, the body torn and cut creating a vivacious landscape for the senses. The bowl is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in perfect condition. It comes wrapped in a custom fitted silk bag with a central cotton tuft, showing the high esteem and value lavished o...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #797598 (stock #270)
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A fine deeply fissured Seiji Bakuhen Tenmoku bowl by contemporary artist Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze appears to be multiple layered transparent green, shattered like jade, a startling effect actually. The bowl is in the traditional Chinese form called Tenmoku, with a small delicate foot of dark clay. It is signed inside the wari-kodai. The Shifuku wrapping cloth is actually embroidered with the artists name. The bowl is nearly 6 inches (15.5 cm) dia...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #812233 (stock #277)
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A large and lovely platter by Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The wavelike surface traps the thick crystalline ash glaze in deep green pools, the edges left raw and exposed.  The excessive amount of glaze is typical of this artists work, and she is known for firing her kiln for up to 14 days straight.  The dish is roughly 1 foot (30 cm) square and in excellent condition.  Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #813330 (stock #278)
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A large trumpeting vase by Iwasaka Tadashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box and exhibited at the 1992 Shinsaku TogeiTen (20th Exhibition of New Ceramic Works) pictured on page 276; catalog included.  It is titled simply Purple-Red Wide Mouth Vessel, but the combination of colors over the unpretentious form is nothing less than striking.  Vivid red underscores the rich lavender spray speckling the body.  The vase is 12-1/2 inches (32.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter at the mou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #818380 (stock #282)
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An unusually large piece by Upcoming Bizen artist Wakimoto hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Made as two slabs pushed together slightly ‚
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #822068 (stock #285)
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A voluminous Tsubo of blistered dark clay by Furutani Michio enclosed in the original singed wooden box. The Tsubo is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition. Furutani Michio is one of the Gods of Shigaraki, an artist who wrote the book on Anagama kilns, and one of the more influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. He was born in Shigaraki; graduating the Konan High School of industrial Arts, he moved to further his studies (like so many ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #831532 (stock #287)
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Icy-blue meanders like a waterfall through the crags and crevices forming the sides of this elongated Oribe wall vase by young artist Ito Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition, with a metal ring on back for hanging. Katsuhiko was born in Tsushima, Aichi prefecture in 1964, and raised in the heart of Mino ceramics. He apprenticed under Kato Shuntei in 1985. He has been displayed publicly at the Nihon Dento Togeiten (Nati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #835558 (stock #290)
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Hi-dasuki lines of red charring streak across the surface of this large Tokkuri Vase by Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A smooth even profusion of bubbles welter about the clay, adding a tactile texture to the elongated body. The vase is over 20 inches (51.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Mitsuru was born to a family of potters, his father Yozan and brother Jun both very important in Bizen pottery. In 1998 Mitsuru was named a Prefectural Intangible C...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #837253 (stock #291)
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A heavily glazed early square pottery dish by Kimura Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The sandy clay appears to have been twice fired, the first firing unglazed with a simple ash burn later a very thick feldspathick glaze wiped on and re-fired. It is roughly 11 by 11-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (28 x 29 x 6 cm) and is in good condition, no chips or cracks but some color has soaked into the crackled white glaze. Originally from Mashiko, Kimura Ichiro (1915-1988) went to study ceramics...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #838264 (stock #293)
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Various designs rise from the surface of this bulb shaped vase by Kawai Toru decorated in the dore-e style of slip design. Gosu blue outside with tinges of rusty iron, accentuated inside with iron red. The vase is 9 inches (22.5 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and in perfect condition. There is no box. Toru was born in 1941, the son of Kawai Takeichi. He apprenticed jointly under his father and Grandfather in 1964, making him the last disciple of Kanjiro Kawai, and it is he who seems to ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #851428 (stock #298)
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A large white-rimmed Tenmoku bowl by Pottery Master Kato Kohei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dispersion of oil spots is perfect, with a crisp division between white and black. The bowl is 14-1/2 (27 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes with a Takashimaya Department Store Exhibition pamphlet from 1971. The box has a cracked (repaired) lid and has darkened with age, but still protects the bowl fine. Kato Kohei (also Kobei, 1893-1982) was b...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #852075 (stock #299)
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Lavender cools on the sculpted natural form of this expressive White Hagi chawan by important Hagi artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 7 sides have been cut away, the last three violently torn leaving a grippingly scarred landscape behind. The style is Kurinuki, not formed on a wheel but cut and worked from a block of clay, work the artist is famous for. It is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, the same height and in perfect condition. Masano likely needs no intro...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #853402 (stock #300)
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A huge museum quality pottery vase by Konishi Yohei (b.1941) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tokoname Sen-Jomon Tsubo. The vase is 17-1/2 inches (45 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and weighs 14 kg (30 lbs). It is in excellent condition, dating circa 1990. Yohei was born the son of Konishi Yusen in Tokoname city, graduating the Tokoname Ceramics institute in 1959. He was first accepted into the Modern Japan Ceramics Exhibition (Gendai Togeiten) in 1960 and has since rac...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #855333 (stock #305)
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A truly Massive chozara Oribe Platter by important potter Ando Hidetake (b. 1938) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Relying entirely on sculptural presentation, the interior is devoid of any decoration, the heavily sculpted basin simply coated with glassy-green oribe glaze. Deep grooves have been cut from the slab of clay, the edges torn and ragged with dollops of green dripping from the base. On the underside in dark iron is the large character Hi (the first character in the artist...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #867017 (stock #310)
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Splashes of earthen color decorate the deep sides of this large open dish by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The bowl is 15-1/2 (39 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.5 cm) tall. The box is worn but still sturdy, and the bowl is in perfect condition. Koichi graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine arts Where he later taught), and took up an apprenticeship under (later) Living National Treasure Tomimoto Kenkichi. With a very impressive career, Koi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #867953 (stock #311)
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Enigmatic green and red florals capped by ascending butterflies alternate with bird images in the cathedral-like windows on the side of this large vessel by Kyoto artist Yamazaki Koyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) tall and in fine condition, dating circa 1950. Koyo (1890-1979) studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI, and was displayed consistently in many National and Local Exhibitions. He has been awarded four times at the Nitten, twice at the Nihon S...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #872691 (stock #312)
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A white carp floats effortlessly, ghost-like on the limpid green surface of this large receptacle covered in pale green by Yonezawa Hisashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Vase is 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall and in fine condition and weighs five kilograms. Hisashi (b. 1931) was schooled as a painter at the Kyoto University of Art (Tech) before studying under both his own father (Yonezawa Soho) and Kusube Yaichi. He has been exhibited nationall...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #879132 (stock #313)
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A large sculpted image of the goddess of mercy Kannon cut from a solid slab of Iga clay by artist Kishimoto Kennin. The image is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. The artists mark is engraved into the base of the back; there is no box. This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very different approaches which he masters one at a time, extending his unique view of the arts to new realms, and mov...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #881063 (stock #316)
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Crystallized feldspar bursts out from the terracotta sides of this early mentori vase by Koyama Yasuhisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is stamped on the base Koyama and measures 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall, 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. The box lid is dated inside Showa 44 (1969), the same year Koyama Yasuhisa opened the first half submerged Anagama kiln in Shigaraki. Born in Shigaraki, Yasuhisa began at the prefectural industrial research facility before ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #882708 (stock #318)
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Cranes and gold filigree decorate the incandescent blue of this meticulously formed tall dish enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kawase Junichi (Kawase Chikushun II, 1923-2007), father of Kawase Shinobu. The dish is 11-3/4 inches (30 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Junichi was born eldest son into the Kyoto pottery family of Kawase Chikuo. He graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Art as well as apprenticing under his father. In 1949 he moved to ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 1990 item #888099 (stock #323)
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rta A bold work by 20th century potter Shimizu Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Red Rocet. The platter is 16 inches (40.5 cm) diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Jun was born in Osaka in 1951, graduating the Osaka City Industrial Institute (Metalworking) in 1969, upon which time he moved to the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility. Avoiding the political world of National competition, Jun concentrated on Local events as a forum for exposure, beginnin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #896580 (stock #326)
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Unusual in its use of a base pattern beneath the color, here is a large Kutani receptacle by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi (Masahiko) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The tinge of yellow circling inside the rim is also a rare and highly sought feature in the artists work. The basin curves up, rising from a small foot with a steady graduation of both color and form inside and out, striking as it is perfect. The box is signed Masahiko, dating the piece prior to his succee...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #905219 (stock #329)
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The thickly potted blue sides are splashed with silver on this large sculptural vessel by important Kyoto artist Morino (aki) Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Taimei was born in Kyoto in 1934, and was first accepted into the Nitten National Exhibition at a relatively young age in 1957 (a year before graduating the Kyoto Municipal University of Fine Art!). In 1960 he received the prestigious Hokutosho prize at ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #914996 (stock #337)
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Haunting shapes are scraped into the raw clay like some ancient Nazcan riddle on this huge ball vase by Sato Kazuhiko. The vase is 15-1/2 inches (40 cm) tall, 17 inches (43 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. There is no box. Kazuhiko (b. 1947) is a widely displayed artist and author of many books on the ceramic arts. For more information on this artist see Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections (1993). Due to size this piece will require special shipping consideration.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #915271 (stock #338)
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A proud striated egg shaped orb floats above the square block forming the base of this sculpture by Matsumoto Hideo covered with enigmatic graffito. The object is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall, 4 x 7 inches (11 x 18 cm) at the base, and is in excellent condition. This piece was purchased from an exhibition held in October, 1993, and a copy of a Newspaper article introducing the exhibition is enclosed with the piece. Hideo has been widely represented in Museum exhibitions throughout Japan. He w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #915480 (stock #339)
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Maple leaves swirl in a vortex on this large rectangular platter by Ando Hidetake enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Rich iron leaves seem to float on or just below the surface as if floating in a pond, the suction from a surfacing carp drawing down, pulling the leaves around it. Excellent for display or use, it is 17 x 10-1/2 inches (43 x 26 cm) and is in excellent condition. Hidetake was born third generation into a Mino pottery family in Gifu prefecture in 1938. He began an appren...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #915551 (stock #340)
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The bodacious designs dominating the bold forms of Miyake Yojis work have drawn him many fans, one of which is this gallery owner, and this is a fine example enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 12 x 6 x 9 inches tall (30 x 15 x 23 cm). Born in Shimane in 1950, He studied from 1974 under Ito Kosho, establishing himself as an independent artist three years later in Mashiko. In 1979 his work was accepted into the Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten (New Exhibition of Traditional Crafts) ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #921362 (stock #351)
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Sitg White crystalline glaze clings to the purple pitted sides of this fantastic set of 3 Mentori Shu-hai sake cups made especially for an exhibition in 2004 by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enclosed is the original exhibition invitation showing a similar set. 1 cup is 5 inches (12 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter; the others are roughly 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter. Toyohisa was born in 1962. His work is both original and fresh and h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #932645 (stock #350)
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Lavender clouds form on the surface of this cool White Hagi chawan by important artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A deep scar istorn from one side, the white frosted with pale color like rain threatening on a foggy landscape. The style is Kurinuki, not formed on a wheel but cut and worked from a block of clay, an approach the artist is famous for. It is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Masano likely needs no intr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #932834 (stock #351)
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A fine Nerikomi work by Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei (1927-2003) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The surface has a soft sheen, like the effect of being carved from gray marble. It measures 17 x 12 x 3 inches (43 x 30.6 x 7 cm), in perfect condition. Matsui was born in 1927, beginning his ceramic studies in 1946. In 1957, he became a priest at the Getsusoji Temple, where in 1960 he built a kiln so he could research traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceram...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #933257 (stock #352)
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Spectacular Hi-iro defines this sake set by Konishi Toko II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Various shades of color scorch the undecorated flame licked raw earth. A pleasure to drink from in every aspect, every cup offering a new facet. The tokkuri is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, cups 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) diameter and all is in perfect condition. Toko, of course, learned from his father Toko I (1899-1954) and was succeeded by his own son Toko III.