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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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A charred Shino Tsubo by important artists Ando Hidetake enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The feldspathic glaze has been burnt and changed by contact with the flame, the crystallized surface varying in shades from yellow to pale green. Quite large, the Tsubo is 14 inches (35.5 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) diameter and in perfect condition.
Hidetake was born third generation into a Mino pottery family in Gifu prefecture in 1938. He began an apprenticeship under Kato Tokuro in ...
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A striking series of concise patterns underlie the deep purple and green glaze on this large ichirin-sashi vase by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi III enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box is signed Masahiko, dating it pre 1993 when he succeeded the family name. The body of the vase has been brought up to a very narrow neck, just wide enough to receive one flower before it flares out at the top. The vase is 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) diameter, 9 inches (13 cm) tall and in ex...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1134480 (stock #477)
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A large and rare work by Sueoka Nobuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is decorated with huge magnolia flowers (in Japanese mokuren,the tree lotus) growing up one side, and hanging down the other like the traditional opposing dragons. The piece is 16 inches (40 cm) tall and in excellent condition
Nobuhiko was born in Fukuoka on Japans Main Sothern Island in 1948, and apprenticed under future Living National Treasure Fujimoto Yoshimichi in 1973. He stayed working with Yo...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1135076 (stock #481)
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Blown ash clings to the terracotta surface of this large Tsubo vase by Takahashi Shunsai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) diameter, roughly the same height and weighs 18.7 pounds (8.5 kg) not including the box. It is in excellent condition. Due to size and weight this will likely require shipping by private air freight, to be assessed separately.
Born in 1927, the second son of renowned potter Takahashi Rakusai III in Shigaraki, Shunsai le...
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If you wanted a fine Bizen sake flask this is the one, by Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It seems to encompass all the great characteristics of Bizen all wrapped in one small package. The vessel is 13 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Born in Bizen City, Okayama in 1899, Kei did not enter the ceramic world until he was already 40 years old. In his youth he studied art and literature in Tokyo. Intent upon becoming a noveli...
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Flying goma ash dusts the ribbon scalloped sides of this large Bizen vase by Matsumoto Katsuya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 12 inches (31 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) wide and in excellent condition. Born in neighboring Hyogo prefecture in 1942, at the age of 29 Katsuya apprenticed under Fujiwara Yu. He opened his own kiln in 1976. In 1982 he debuted at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition) and has consistently been exhibited there sinc...
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A draping curtain of dark torn Bizen clay folds over the enigmatic form of this vase by Kaneshige Kosuke enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Texture varies from chattered extrusion to long, combed lines. Soft shades of color glow on the sides of the dark clay. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 13 inches (33 cm) wide and in excellent condition, dating circa 1990.
Kaneshige Kosuke was born in 1943, third son of Bizen pillar Kaneshige Toyo. He studied from an early age with his ...
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The edges burn dark brown on this large Bizen vase by Kawabata Fumio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Green ash clings to the upper surface, peeling away from the superheated corners, the bottom rich dark raw clay. The vase is (‘29 x 21 x 36 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Fumio was born in Yokohama city in 1948, far from the traditional kilns of Bizen hundreds of kilometers to the west in Okayama. After studying graphic design he was captivated by the natural landscap...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1138545 (stock #485)
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This thickly potted wheel thrown plate is everything one would hope for in Bizen, rich raw clay, weight, and the scrawling marks of Hidasuki straw burnt into the dark surface. It is by important 20th century artist Fujiwara Ken, and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 26 cm (10-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. The box is darkened with age.
One of the 20th centuries true genius potters, Ken (1924-1977) was born in Okayama, and studied under Living...
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A stellar finish like burnished metal on this Bizen Ichirin Sashi by Isezaki Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 9-1/2 inches (23.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Jun was born the second son to the prominent Bizen family of Isezaki Yozan. With his older brother Mitsuru he studied the plastic arts under the fierce tutelage of his father. He has displayed consistently at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (National Japanese Crafts Exhibition) since 1961 and was recipien...
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Pale glaze fades to fawn dappled lavender on the snow drift surface of this fine pottery box by Miwa Eizo (b. 1946-1999) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze blankets the draped form, leaving raw edges of sunburnt clay exposed. It measures 6-1/2 x 9 x 3-1/2 inches (17 x 22 x 9 cm) and is in perfect condition. Eizo was born the second son of Living National Treasure Miwa Kyusetsu XI. He graduated the Private Musashino Art University and was a member of Japanese Traditioanl Cr...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1140213 (stock #498)
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A celadon Rabbit by Suzuki Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. One of two recent acquisitions of this artists work. It is 10 x 7 x 13.5 cm (4 x 3 x 6-1/2 inches) and in excellent condition.
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 group of revolutionary post war ceramic artists whose influence remains strong today. Works by him are in too many collec...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1140575 (stock #499)
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A large sculptural vase by Eiraku Zengoro XVI (Sokuzen, 1917-1998) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1950s, an era when Japan was redefining its own views on art. This is an excellent example of work from that time. Born into traditional tea ware, Zengoro XVI was with the rest of his compatriots, experimenting with new ideas and new forms, unafraid of a dawning new era. This piece is 35.5 cm (14.5 inches) tall, 17 cm (7 inches) square and in fine condition. Born in...
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A tall bottle vase deeply dragged and scratched by Yamada Kazu (Wasaku, b. 1954) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 10 inches (25 cm) tall, 4 inches (10.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kazu was born in Tokoname city , one of Japans ancient kiln areas, into a line of potters. He would have been influenced early on by his father, Yamada Kenkichi and uncle living National Treasure Yamada Jozan. He graduated the Osaka Art University before moving to Echizen ...
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A family of Stonefish (Okoze), the deadliest fish in the world, swim across the pure white surface of this large Tsubo by Uchida Tadashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12 inches (30 cm) diameter, 13 inches (34 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The box is titled Tetsu-e Okoze-Mon Tsubo (Tsubo decorated with Okoze fish in Iron) and includes a thank you card from the artist to the collector. A label tied to the box chord states it was purchased from an exhibition at Takashi...
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Namako glaze runs down, creating rivers flowing around the horns on the sides of this massive pot by Suzuki Kenji (1935-2010). Looking within one sees the volcanic explosions where the glaze pooled, bubbled and burst in the center. The vessel is 18 inches (45.5 cm) tall, roughly 13 inches (33 cm) square and weighs 20.5 kg (45 pounds). It is in fine condition. By size and structure it would be acceptable for display either inside or out.
This is from the Matsui family collection of Fush...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1142199 (stock #252)
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An outrageous and playful teapot of flower petal design by Matsuda Yuriko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Bursting with vitality and joy, each petal is shaped in the clay and uniquely colored. The pot is capped with a large red handle reminiscent of cocks comb with a large golden handle. It is 11 inches (26 cm) from handle to spout, the body 9 inches (18cm) Diameter, and 8 inches (17 cm) to the top of the lid handle. In perfect condition. Yuriko is an avid exhibitor, it is a won...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1143210 (stock #505)
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Gold invites the cool drink covered in a yellow glaze on this fine tokkuri by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (13 cm) tall, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she...
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Encrusted in blue glass, this Iga Tokkuri by Furutani Kazuya is a pleasure to see and hold. It is 5 inches (12. Cm) tall, 3 inches (8.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
Kazuya (b. 1976) is one of Japan’s most promising young stars. He graduated the Yamaguchi College of Art in 1997, and spent a year at the ceramics research facility in Kyoto before returning to work under his father, Furutani Michio, in Shigaraki. His Father’s sudden...
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A large Kohiki Tokuri sake flask and two guinomi sake cups by Kondo Seiko enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. So much play in the color, the Tokuri is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall, the cups roughly 3 inches (8 cm) diameter. One of my personal favorites in our collection, and a wonderful cold summer sake set for two!
Born in 1945 in Nigata prefecture, a cold industrial city on the West coast of Northern Japan, Seiko would have been surrounded with utilitarian pottery as a child....
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The mouth of this Tetsu-yu Tokkuri by Ningen-kokuho Tamura Koichi (1918-1987) has been perfectly formed to pour from the best side, a very slight draw to the lip above the dashes of iron and black. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) tall and in excellent condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
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. He established his own ...
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Lavender clouds form on the surface of this superb pale kurinuki Hagi bowl like rain threatening on a foggy morning by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. In excellent condition, roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall, slightly larger in diameter.
Masano likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagis most well known names, he has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. His pieces are in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum of Modern...
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A rare Hagi Shiro-yu Hakeme Sara (white glazed and brushed dish) by Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The slab has been formed and footed, then scraped leaving deep lines in the top, then glazed with the artists signature white. It is 16 x 10-1/2 x 2 inches (40 x 27 x 5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Masano likely needs no introduction, certainly one of Hagis most well known names, he has been displayed both nationally and internationally innumerable times. His ...
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A stunning Globular Bizen vase like burnished bronze covered by a dusting of ash by living National Treasure Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in an artist signed wooden box. The style is called Sangiri, and Toshu has pulled it off to perfection here, the keen characteristic suiting this artists work. It is likely an older (pre-war) work boxed later. The vase is 7 inches (17 cm) diameter, roughly the same height. There is a mark on the base, roughly 2 inches long. Toshu, (1906-1994) began working in ...
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Who says the work of a woman potter is feminine? This is a powerful Iga work by Watanabe Aiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. There is nothing sedate about this work, charred and dripping with glassy green glaze, freckled with flying ash; the heavy lug handles jutting from the side slightly off kilter. The vessel is 7 inches (17 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and in excellent condition.
Aiko established her first Anagama kiln in Shigaraki in 1994, and moved to Iga in 2...
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A fine rectangular box by one of Japans most sought ceramic artists Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) enclosed in a box endorsed by the head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum, Kawai Koha. The slipware piece is engraved in the top with a circular crest of flower petals laid on a lattice-work field. The base is dark reddish clay covered in a rich brown, the design in dark ochre. It measures 5-1/2 by 4-1/4 by 3 inches tall (14 x 11 x 8 cm). There are several small nicks to the edges of the lid where it meets...
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A fantastic circular box by one of Japans most sought ceramic artists Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) enclosed in a box endorsed by his successor Kawai Takeichi. Stripes of black like the flying white streaks of a zen painting rip through the white glaze. It measures 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) diameter, by 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and is in excellent condition. The box reads
Kan-saku,
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A striking Bizen Chawan of mixed clay by young artist Yokoyama Naoki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The mixed earth is pulled and twisted out of shape; one can sense the plasticity with your eyes. The stretched earth is burnt red where it has been licked by flame, yet remains pale from the shadows of the kiln. The bowl is just less than 5 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Naoki has been displayed at the Chanoyu Zokei Ten at the Tana...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1147574 (stock #265)
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A striking large Han-zutsu Shino bowl by Kato Kageaki (Keishu) 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 l...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1149315 (stock #524)
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This piece is almost identical to the work submitted by the artist to the 7th Nihon Dento Kogei Ten in 1983 (featured as item number 116 in the catalog for that year) and indeed, shares the title Hi-iro In-mon Tsubo (Flame-Colored Stamp-Patterned Tsubo). It measures 34 cm (13-1/2 inches) diameter, 29.5 cm (12 inches) tall and is in excellent condition.
Kanzaki Muneaki (b 1949) is the fourth generation head of the traditional Mokusen Kiln in Koga, Shigaraki. His works have been exhibited...
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Dark iron forms like Rimpa-stylized flowers float to the surface of the crystalline white glaze on this large shino bowl by Hayashi Kotaro (1940-1981) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The deeply folded and pitted feldspar glaze clings thick to the pourous clay, the dark iron rings haunting like stones frozen on the shore of a river. The bowl is roughly 9 inches (22.5 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Kotaro was born in Gifu prefecture, and graduated th...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1161590 (stock #533)
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A large Oshimon Kaki Vase by Ota Itaru enclosed in the original signed wooden box exhibited at the 9th Nihon Togei Ten National Exhibition. The entire surface is impressed with inverse pyramids, and patterned with dark and light triangles. An incredibly exacting design perfectly executed. The vase measures 16 inches (40 cm) tall, 11 inches (28 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It comes with the original placard from the exhibition, as well as a copy of the exhibition catalog, and a clip...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 1990 item #1161962 (stock #303)
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A massive Bizen Charger with a large central spot like a sunflare by Kengo Masamune (b. 1954) enclosed in the original wooden box displayed at the 1987 Nihon Togei Ten IX (The Ninth Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition) and can be viewed as item number 169 in the catalog. It is huge at 21 inches (53 cm) in diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall. The exhibition label remains on the back of the dish and it comes with the exhibition catalog.
Kengo has been largely exhibited, including the Chunichi Kokusai T...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #1163529 (stock #536)
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An exquisite Nerikomi basin by Shiobara Yoshio enclosed in the original signed wooden box exhibited at the 9th Nihon Togeiten National Exhibition. Nerikomi is the technique of working with layers of variously colored clays. This basin measures 17 inches (43 cm) diameter, 6 inches (16 cm) tall and is in fine condition. The original exhibition tag remains on the base with a note stating it was purchased for 400,000 yen (currently about 5,000 dollars) at that time. The original exhibition catalo...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1163560 (stock #538)
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Yuteki black slips down over the pourous, crackled white of this bold work by Taniguchi Ryozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The box is darkened with age.
Ryozo (1926-1996) studied initially under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI. He was first accepted into the Japan Academy of Arts exhibition in 1948, and subsequently into the Nitten National exhibition in 1951 and exhibited there often after, receiving many prizes inclu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1164504 (stock #545)
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I have long wanted to offer a significant piece by this artist, and here is a spectacular Nezumi Shino pair of vases by Wakao Toshisada enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Red tinged white waves boil over the Nezumi-gray arc of the base, a white waxing moon floating above. They measure 9 x 3-1/2 x 12-1/2 and 8-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 10-1/2 inches (23 x 9 x 32 cm and 21.5 x 9 x 27 cm) respectively and are in perfect condition.
Toshisada was born in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, home of Mino pot...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1164723 (stock #324)
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A bold set of six contemporary White Bizen Beer Mugs, each entirely unique with slightly different hada by Kitano Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Over the pale, sheer clay deposits of ash glaze, goma kasu and hi-iro scorching combine with smoky black staining for a very unique experience. Each cup is roughly 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall, 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and all are in perfect condition.
After graduating Nihon Daigaku (University of Japan) Katsuhiko worked...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1166097 (stock #297)
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A deep Choho-zara rectangular dish decorated with morning glories in dark rust and red over yellow with a black rim, a striking combination by Kyoto female artist Takagi Hoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Created from a heavy slab, the sides were raised and carved with wave patterns covered in white with a raw base chiseled out in long horizontal strokes. On the base is a worn piece of paper which gives the artists address and names the work, leading one to believe this was exhib...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1166191 (stock #544)
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A striking Tetsu-yu Kakiwake Kabin by Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box and accompanied by the original autographed exhibition catalog from 2007. The vessel is featured as item number 1 in the catalog, the star of the show and obviously very important to the artist to have earned such placement. It stands 16 inches (42 cm) tall, 11 inches (29 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition.
Yasutaka was born into the pottery household of future Living National Trea...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1167433 (stock #545)
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Enigmatic forms in black populate the oil spotted rust-colored body of this voluminous work by Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box displayed at the 35th Nihon Kogei Kai Shinsaku Togei Ten (Japan Crafts Association Exhibition of New Ceramic Works) and published on page 8 of the catalog for that year (2007, catalog included). The vessel is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall, roughly 1 foot (29 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Yasutaka was born into the pottery household ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1167434 (stock #546)
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This is a splendid example of the Persian work by one of Japans true ceramic masters, Kato Takuo (1917-2005), signed on the base and enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box titled Aoyu-kokusai Hanaike. The work surpasses the simplicity of the title, enigmatic black forms covered in rich blue glaze and clouds of gold highlights on the base and neck. The piece exemplifies the work favored by the artist leading up to his being given the most coveted title in Japan of living Nationa...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1168946 (stock #550)
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A beautifully shaped green vessel by Miyashita Zenju enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It stands 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in fine condition.
Zenju (1901-1968) studied pottery in Japan, Korea and China, and is held in the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art as well as the Kyoto National Museum. Work by the artist was exhibited pre-war at the Bunten and Nitten National Exhibitions as well as the 1939 and 1940 World Exposition. Post war he put his...