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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 1940 item #1402159 (stock #1327)
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Combs teeth have been dragged through the glaze of this stately bowl by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Kanjiro Kawai. A fine example of this artists work circa 1938 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kushime-wan. Two similar works are held in the Katsukawa collection and published in the biblical tome by the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art. This is 11 cm diameter, 8.5 cm tall and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by natur...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1414152 (stock #1406)
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Dark glaze covers this beautifully crafted Koro from Kawai Kanjiro dating circa 1936 enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11.5 x 9 x 8.5 cm (4-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches) excluding the lid and is in excellent condition. The lid is of exotic hardwood with an agate finial, and is a later addition (Kanjiro did not make lids for his koro). For similar examples see the Katsukawa collection published in the biblical tome by the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art.
Kawai Kanjiro wa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1356824 (stock #1110)
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Gold bubbles out from the scraffito marked white surface of this kogo incense box with accompanying black and opaque glass incense burner by Kondo Takahiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glass box is 9.5 x 11.3 x 10 cm. The pottery box is 6 x 5 x 4 cm and both are in excellent condition.
Takahiro (b. 1958) was born the grandson of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo. However he graduated Hosei University not with a degree in sculpture or crafts, but in Literature. From ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 1970 item #1426423 (stock #1512)
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A wonderful early work by Hara Kiyoshi awarded at the 1962 Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhibition enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ume-mon Hachi (Plum Patterned Basin). It is covered in a foamy blue-white glaze, the body sculpted like the five petals of a plum blossom. The dish is 43.5 cm (17 inches) diameter and is in excellent condition. It comes with the original catalog (published on page 1) as well as the original gold award label. This is a very rare opport...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1403725 (stock #1342)
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A breathtaking work by Miyake Yoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nuki-e Kinsai Sakura-mon Kaki. The unabashed use of gold on this piece is extraordinary. Quite large, it is 39 cm (15-1/2 inches) tall, 27 cm (11 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. This is a step beyond even for an artist known for his bold patterns and designs; this would make a powerful centerpiece for a collection of contemporary Japanese pottery.
Miyake Yoji was born in Shimane in 1950, H...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #1405617 (stock #1350)
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A four sided vase in Aka-e design by important 20th century potter Kawamoto Goro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka-e Kamon Hanaike exhibited in 2001 and published in the book Kawamoto Rekitei, Goro, Taro, San-Dai-Ten (Three Generations of Kawamoto Family). It is 27.5 cm (11 inches) tall, 16 cm (6 inches) square and in excellent condition. The Book is included.
Kawamoto Goro (1919-1986) was born in Seto to a family of potters. He studied in Kyoto at the same instituti...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1415364 (stock #1428)
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A rare sake set by Kamoda Shoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Haiyu Tokkuri-Hai Hitokumi (Ash Glazed Flask and Cups, 1 set). The Tokkuri is 13.5 cm (5 inches) tall, the cups are 6 cm (2-1/4 inches) diameter and all are in excellent condition dating circa 1965.
Kamoda Shoji is without a doubt one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of the 20th century. Born in Osaka in 1933, he studied initially at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art under to be Li...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1431381 (stock #1572)
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One of the best I have ever seen by him. A metallic Shino Chawan by Tsukigata Nahiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Shino Yohen O-Chawan and named inside Rokugo (also read Rikugo) which is something to do with the ancient concept of the tertiary levels of heaven and earth. Rokugo is outside the Human realm, the universe, the heavens. It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition complete with silk pouch and double wood black lacque...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1351647 (stock #1077)
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A very large celadon platter by Yoshikawa Masamichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is made to either sit or hang suspended from wire on the back. The platter is 75 x 20 x 5 cm (29-1/2 x 8 x 2 inches) and is in excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Yoshikawa Masamichi was born in Kanagawa in 1946, and graduated the Japanese Design Academy in 1968. He first garnered attention in Japan being awarded at the 1971 Asahi Togeiten Cer...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1376854 (stock #798)
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An unusual long inverted pottery cone on a silver plated base by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Gengama Senmon Kabin. It is 15 inches (38 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Rokubei began experimenting with these fluted froms in the 50s, and what he called “Gengama” glazes around 1960. My guess is that this piece dates circa the early 60s. I have never seen another example like this with a metal base.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1441428 (stock #1678)
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An iconic Bizen sake set by legendary artist and Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the pre-war era titled Inbe yaki Tokuri. The bottle is delicately rendered and features the play of colors and textures for which he would be known, with a dark gray rim, while the cup is thinly made in a warm orange tinge. Both bear his fundo stamp on the bottom. The bottle is 11 cm (roughy 4-1/2 inches) tall and both are in perfect condition, with an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1372578 (stock #1184)
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A lidded ceramic box in olive splashed with color by Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a custom made wooden box signed by his daughter Kawai Koha. It measures 11 x 11 x 9.2 cm (4-1/4 x 4-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches) and is in fine condition.
Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966) was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1389950 (stock #1272)
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An original boxed set of three dishes by 20th century legend Kitaoji Rosanjin enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Hira-Mukozuke 3. Each has been brushed with two wide swatches forming a cross in iron under the thick red tinged shino glaze. They are 13 cm (5-1/2 inches9 diameter each, and in excellent condition.
Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) They say adversity is the mother of invention, and Rosanjin can be said to epitomize that expression. Born during the tumultuous...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1368110 (stock #1148)
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Mottled clay in lively matt colors blends on this square bottle by Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Fuhakuji Henko. It is 12 x 15 x 13 cm (4-3/4 x 6 x 5-1/4 inches) and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1418810 (stock #1457)
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Sunrise colors grow gradually lighter toward the top of this odd shaped vessel culminating in brilliant pink by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saidei Kaki. It is 31 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and graduated the Kyoto Municipal University of Art under Kiyomizu Kyubei and Kusube Yaichi. Starting with the most difficult, he worked from Celadon, which relies ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1425111 (stock #1506)
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An ovaloid hemisphere in deep rust colors by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled, like all his work, “Untitled”. It is 26 cm diameter, 27 cm tall and in perfect condition, directly from the artist this winter. After forming and sculpting the shapes, they are bisque fired, then glazed and fired again at a relatively low temperature (Between 1000 and 1100 degrees, like Raku ware). Then he builds a brick oven around each piece and brings the temperature up to 50...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1429253 (stock #1543)
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Raised designs in slip decorate the yellow glaze of this deep bowl by Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a kiriwood box titled O-yu Tsutsugaki-mon Wan annotated by Kawai Toshitaka, current head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. This piece dates from later in the artists illustrious career, 1950s-1960s. It is 4 inches (10 cm) diameter, 3-1/4 inches (5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potter...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1430144 (stock #1555)
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A signature work by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Golden light shines through the silhouette of iron colored trees on the tapering cylinder. It was a design technique developed by this generation. The original rosewood stand is included. The vase is 31 cm (12 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district throughout the second half of the Edo period. From ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1410987 (stock #1373)
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A spectacular square vase of undulating misty mountain forms in colored clay by important ceramic artist Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The colors break from rich dark blue through the green spectrum to yellow and black. It is signed on bottom. The vase measures 29 x 22 x 28 cm tall (11-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 11 inches) and is in excellent condition. Included is the original box cover written by Zenji.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Mi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1970 item #1375807 (stock #1199)
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A rare set of Sake Service Vessels (Tokkuri) by important artist Yagi Kazuo stamped near the base the white slip and engraved with butterflies and a poem. Emblazoned is the verse
URAURANI
TERERU HARUBINI HIBARI AGARI
KOKORO KANASHIMO
HITORISHI OMOEBA
The lark takes flight on a spring day
Inadvertently I am taken with sadness
Left thinking alone…
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1380005 (stock #1224)
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A very rare early sculpture by Imaizumi Masato (now Living National Treasure Imaizumi Imaemon XIV) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shizen to no Kakawari Kata (In Relation to Nature) Plate III. Paper thin shards are embedded in the un-glazed disc of raw white Kaolin clay, a powerful expression indeed on our relationship with the natural world. It is 11 inches diameter and in excellent condition.
Imaizumi Masato succeeded as Imaemon XIV in 2002, heir to a century’s lon...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1426511 (stock #1513)
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A sculpture of unglazed white porcelain and wood by Yagi Akira enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Jiki CLOD 92-13 (Porcelain Mass CLOD 92-13) exhibited at Gallery Koyanagi in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district in 1992. The original exhibition invitation card, featuring this piece, is included. The stand is 18 inches (46 cm) long an all is in excellent condition.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in Kyoto in 1955, son o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1416978 (stock #1445)
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Floral motifs decorate the pale glazed panels on this Oblong bottle by LNT Hamada Shoji covered otherwise in Kaki-yu brick colored glaze and enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki-yu Tetsu-e Henko. A signature example of the works he performed in the 1930s and 40s. It is slightly larger than normal, 22 cm (8-3/4 inches) tall 8 x 15.5 cm (3-1/4 x 6 inches) square and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was born in Tokyo, and enrolled in the Tokyo Technical Univ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1410615 (stock #1376)
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A signature Kaki-yu vase with resist designs on the patchwork rust-colored sides by Hamada Shoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kaki-yu Yubi-e Kakubin dating from the 1970s. An excellent example of his mature style, it is 4 inches (10 cm) square, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) was born in Tokyo, and enrolled in the Tokyo Technical University at the age of 19. In 1918 he met the important British potter Bernard Leach, and t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1429026 (stock #1542)
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A simple cylindrical for with fluted rim decorated with sagging drapes of red, creating a deceptive impression of shape by Suzuki Osamu (Kura) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shino Kabin. It is 20.5 cm (8 inches) tall, 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Included is a custom made black lacquered lid, allowing it to double as a narrow Mizusashi for the Japanese tea ceremony.
Osamu was born in Gifu prefecture in 1934, and graduated the Tajimi Technica...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1377672 (stock #1210)
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An urban landscape split by a drooping plane by Kiyomizu Masahiro (Rokubei VIII). It is 19-1/2 x 11-1/2 x 11 inches (49.5 x 29 x 28 cm). Firing flaws in the corners of the towers accent the work, the degradation of from a characteristic of the artists work, often purposefully introduced to create tension. Although the first heads of the Kiyomizu family concentrated on traditional, popular objects and designs, Rokubei VII and VIII "took a radical turn" to produce abstract, geometric three-dimen...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1380934 (stock #1230)
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A squat form quintessentially Kishi Eiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated 1997. Purchased from the artist, it is 21 x 14 x 19.5 cm (8-1/4 x 5-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Kishi Eiko was born in Nara in 1948, and largely trained in the Ceramic Institute of Tekisui Museum. She was first exhibited in 1981 at the Women’s Association of Ceramic Art and was awarded that year. She took the grand prize at the 1985 Asahi Ceramic Art Exhibition, and from the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1403878 (stock #1344)
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We have stood in line for years to acquire some work by this popular artist! This is a gold lined Natsume tea urn decorated with genuine platinum by Yamamoto Ichiyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Jun-Platinum-sai Gingawa. The detail is breathtaking、like holding porcelain jewels. It is 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in perfect condition.
Yamamoto Ichiyo was born in Nagasaki in 1944. He began his career at an Arita Porcelain ceramic facility in 1969. In 1974 he would spe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1424479 (stock #1499)
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A large celadon bowl by highly sought artist Fukami Sueharu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled humorously “8” (Hachi in Japanese, the number a homonym for the word bowl). The bowl flares from a small base creating a dramatic silhouette, as if it is about to soar. About the small foot ring the glaze bunches like drapery. This sense of lightness is a fixture of the artists work, and he is well known for his wing like sculptures. It is 21.5 cm (8-1/2 inches) diameter and in exc...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1441202 (stock #1673)
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A fabulous vase in the form of a rice pestle by Bizen Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen Kine-gata Hanaire (Vase in the Shape of a Pestle). A fabulous range of colors plays across the surface, all natural kiln effects resulting from heat, cold, clay content and placement. The vase is 26 cm (10 inches) tall and in excellent condition. It comes with a custom made black lacquered wooden outer box to protect the original box.
Kan...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #1378038 (stock #1215)
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Bursting with life, this vessel by avant-garde Shinkai Kanzan was exhibited at the Nitten National Art Exhibition in 1982. Titled Kitsune to Minori no Monogatari, Kabin (Vase, The Tale of Fox and Fruition), the sly creature slinks through fruit laden vines in a path of dark through the light gray glaze covering the simple open form. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden. It is quite large, measuring 30 cm (12 inches) diameter, roughly the same height and is in excellent condition. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #1428698 (stock #1534)
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A set of colorful Tokkuri in the shape of squared gourds by Living National Treasure Kato Hajime enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka-e Hohyo Tokkuri (red glazed Tokkuri in squared gourd form). About the white bottom are fortuitous characters in green with a belt of blue, yellow and green in the center. They are 15.5 cm (6 inches) tall. There is slight rubbing of the red glaze typical of handling. Enclosed with them is a photocopy from an art book (unknown publication) with ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1437774 (stock #1623)
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An artist whose bold creations work well in a Western setting, here is a seminal piece decorated with huge white peony blossoms by Miyake Yoji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nuki-e Kinsai Botan Mon Henko. Here the artist has set the luscious white flowers and leaves outlined in gold on a ground of rusty yellow, an intriguing combination. It is 27 x 15 x 34 cm (10-1/2 x 6 x 13-1/2 inches) and is in excellent condition. It was exhibited at the 6th Japan Kogei Association Cera...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1367250 (stock #1137)
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The playful form of this pottery work by the ever lively Yangaihara Mutsuo seems to be overfull with joy, weeping out from the bottom to form a puddle below. It is enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro Oribe Choko and dated 1992. The vessel is 39 cm (16 inches) tall, 19 x 17 cm (7-1/2 x 7 inches) across the base and in excellent condition. This is a rare opportunity for one of the more greatly collected artists of recent years.
Yanigahara Mutsuo (b.1934) was raised in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1367812 (stock #1144)
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A delightful small tea bowl by one of the greatest potters of the 20th century, Kamoda Shoji, enclosed in a wooden box signed by his wife. Brown glaze is draped quietly across the rough dark clay, the contrast between simplicity and texture a pleasure to hold. It is 4 inches (10 cm) Diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kamoda Shoji is without a doubt one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of the 20th century. Born in Osaka in 1933, he stud...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1368569 (stock #1155)
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There is no doubt about the superlative nature of the deep celadon glazes used by Living National Treasure Nakajima Hiroshi, and this vessel is no let down. A creamy blue crackling glaze covers this artful form which comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Seiji Tsubo. It is 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition.
Nakajima Hiroshi was born in Hiroshima in 1941. He became an independent potter in 1969 in Yano, Sag...