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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 : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415491 (stock #1431)
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A deep oblong bowl decorated in abstract underglaze blue imagery with flashes of red by Shibata Ryozo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sometsuke Aka-e Hachi dating circa 1995. It is 17 x 19.5 x 6.5 cm (6-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 3 inches) an is in excellent condition.
Shibata Ryozo (b. 1952) completed advanced studies at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts in 1978 (his work was purchased by the university the previous year for its permanent collection). In 1993 he first exhibit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415415 (stock #1430)
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An elegant form in rich color by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall 16 cm (6 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1415374 (stock #1429)
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An elegant form in rich dark aubergine with a flash of color about the long spiraling neck by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Hanaire (vase). It is 20cm (8 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Tr...
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 : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1414922 (stock #1423)
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An elegant form in rich color by Living National Treasure Tokuda Masahiko (Yasokichi III) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 26 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Tokuda Masahiko (1933- 2009, Yasokichi III) was designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Sai-yu Kutani glazes. Yasokichi, born Masahiko, went a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani ware. Masahiko graduat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414871 (stock #1420)
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An unusual pattern of waves lap at the base of this elegant silver and blue vessel by Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Nami Jomon Kabin. It is 6 inches (16 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Morino 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 the same...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414840 (stock #1419)
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A Lovely form in Moai (Indigo Cloud) glaze by Morino Taimei (Hiroaki) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Moai Kaki. It is 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 x 6 inches (21.5 x 14 x 15.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
Morino 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 the same National Ex...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1414839 (stock #1418)
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An incense burner in Moai (Indigo Cloud) glaze by Morino Taimei (Hiroaki) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Moai Koro. It is capped with a woven silver lattice lid signed by the silver smith, and is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Koro by this artist are extremely rare.
Morino 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 graduat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1414672 (stock #1416)
Two semi crushed cylinders, of raw earth by Niisato Akio enclosed in the original compartmentalized and signed wooden box titled Can, Shigaraki. Usually presented singularly, this is the only paired group I am aware of. Each is roughly the size of a real can, the standing piece 13 cm (5 inches) tall, 10 cm (4 inches) diameter, the recumbent work 8 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter and both are in prefect condition. These were made during his sojourn at the Shigaraki Togei No Mori Ceramics Research f...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1414621 (stock #1414)
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Ethnic designs in brilliant crimson red decorate this ewer by Yoshikawa Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Aka-e no Binshi (Red Decorated Server). It is 15 x 12 x 15 cm (6 x 4-3/4 x 6 inches) and is in excellent condition. Together with the sake cups and sake pot, this would be a wonderful service set for two. Anyone wishing to purchase this group will receive a proper discount.
Yoshikawa Mitsuru was born in Kyoto in 1949, graduating the Kyoto Municipal Universit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414577 (stock #1412)
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A black pipe reminiscent of both an ancient Japanese court cap and a industrial burner chimney by Shibata Shigeru dating circa 1978 enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kuro-yu Kaki, Okoru (Black Glazed Vase Titled Rise-up or Occurrence). This piece strongly shows the convention of the second generation Sodeisha members interest in form over decoration. It is quite large at 15 inches (38 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Shibata Shigeru was born in Tokyo in 1950, graduati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414544 (stock #1411)
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A stack of fused Bowls hollowed out as a vase by Satonaka Hideto enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Utsuwa dating circa 1976. During the post war era a great amount of research was done in reviving ancient firing techniques, many potters and scholars working on medieval kiln excavations would unearth stacks of bowls and mounds of fused pots where kilns had collapsed during firing dating from the Heian period on to the age of the climbing kiln. These were well known to cer...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1414487 (stock #1410)
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A life-size feminine image of a toilet slipper by Satonaka Hideto in light colored clay covered with Irabo glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled simply Sakuhin and dating circa 1975. It is just over 9 inches (23.5 cm) long and in excellent condition. From the 1950s to the 1970s there was a deep interest in an earthy convention by young ceramic artists called Tsuchi no Aji (Taste of the earth), and this Irabo glaze may have been one of the most popular extensions of that aesth...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #1414455 (stock #1409)
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A sculpture in black glaze by Yoshitake Hiroshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Sakuhin B and dating circa 1980. Very much in the vein of this important avant-garde organization, it has a great deal of presence compacted into a small space. A nearly identical work is published in the book: Sodeisha, 35th Anniversary (Sodeisha, Sanjugoshunen Kinenhan, 1983) which is titled Suikan (Inebriated). Interestingly, Suikan is also a homonym for water pipes. The sculpture is roughly ...
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 : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1414119 (stock #1405)
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Fresh out of the oven, here is a delicious treat to start the new year right, a crusty dancing form by Murakoshi Takuma enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Mimitsuki Hana-ire. Not only does the vase itself feel alive with movement, but the encrustations of ash and glossy molten ash glaze seem to be still in formation, as if it is still settling in the kiln. It is 26 cm (10 inches) tall and in perfect condition.
Murakoshi Takuma is one of those enigmas who simply ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1414078 (stock #1404)
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the silhouette of birds flit through the branches of the forest which rises up in white trunks on the verdant green of this flower receptacle by Yamaguchi Yoshihiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kasai Ju-in Mon Hanaike. The pebble textured surface is very unusual for Kutani ware, and bridges the glitzy world of porcelain and the more matte world of ceramics. The soft palette allows the vase to work in any decor, the abstract lines seeming to grow up randomly, without intent...
All Items : Artists : Glass : Pre 2000 item #1414077 (stock #1403)
An extraordinary and monumental glass platter by Nakashima Yasushi exhibited at the 18th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition in 1989, enclosed in the original signed and dated wooden box titled Kurogyoku Moyo Garasu O-zara (Black Jade Style Glass Platter). It is 21 inches (53 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall. In excellent condition. Due to size the cost of shipping will be accrued separately.
Nakashima Yasushi (1938-2017) was born in Hyogo prefecture and gr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1412975 (stock #1401)
Here is a masterpiece by Wakao Toshisada, one of the great artists of the post-war era who helped to save Shino (now one of the most popular Japanese forms) from extinction. This bowl was selected for the cover of the exhibition invitation card in 1973 (card included). It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) diameter, 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Wakao Toshisada was born in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, home of Mino pottery, in 1933. He was first recognized at the New Crafts exhi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1412898 (stock #1400)
Zen imagery of the in iron of the motif Triangle, circle and square decorate the frothy white glaze on this Shino Chawan by important artist Wakao Toshisada enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A superb example of his tea bowls, it is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter,9.5 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. The tri-part symbol is famous from the Sengai Gibon Zen scroll of the 18th century. DT Suzuki in his interpretation of Sengai says: Sengai was familiar with Shingon, the mantra...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1412764 (stock #1399)
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A very unusual covered urn made to hold fresh water for the tea ceremony of pristine white clay splashed with rivulets of emerald Seihakuji glaze by Tokuda Junko (Yasokichi IV) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seihakuji-yu Mizusashi dating from 2003. More commonly we see the pieces made in the vein of her father’s style, and I am proud to be able to offer this piece which is both feminine and quite unique to her. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1412659 (stock #1398)
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A rare small cup in his iconic colored clays by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Desai Yunomi. It is 10.5 cm (4 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 on shape and extreme control of firing. He began exhibiting in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1412617 (stock #1397)
An earing clings to the “mimi” on this fabulous ash glazed vessel by one of our favorite hidden treasures, Tamura Roppo, enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koshu Iga Mimitsuki Hanaire. The traditional form is affixed with two “ears”, from one of which clings one tremulous drip of ash, seeming to slightly weigh down that side. Happenstance occurring at just the right place at just the right time during the firing process that it survived without falling or breaking off. I...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1412517 (stock #1396)
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This burnished finish is one of the signature effects of Living National Treasure Yamamoto Toshu seen on this fluted gourd enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Bizen-yaki Hyotan Hanaike. Here the blue-gray clay is covered in charred red mottles, like the natural patterns on a dried gourd, the smooth sangiri surface intentionally marred with occasional rough patches. A masterpiece and true evidence of the mastery of Toshu, one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after t...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1411989 (stock #1395)
A fabulous Bizen tea set by important 20th century artist Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The austerity of Bizen, said to be closest of all potteries to the Japanese heart, is legendary. This is a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after the devastation and neglect of the industrial revolution in Japan. The coloring is simply the work of flame against the raw clay. Although one may attempt control, this is cause...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1411987 (stock #1395)
A fabulous Bizen tea set by important 20th century artist Yamamoto Toshu enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The austerity of Bizen, said to be closest of all potteries to the Japanese heart, is legendary. This is a masterpiece by one of the greatest artists to revive the tradition after the devastation and neglect of the industrial revolution in Japan. The coloring is simply the work of flame against the raw clay. Although one may attempt control, this is cause...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1411800 (stock #1393)
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Enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Roku-yu Sara. Each is roughly 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and is in excellent condition.
Suzuki Tetsu (b. 1964) was born and raised in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture, home of Shino and Oribe wares. He attended the Kyoto Prefectural Ceramics Research facility, finishing his apprenticeship in 1988 and moving to study under his Father, Suzuki Osamu. Three short years later he was accepted into the 38th Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhib...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1411799 (stock #1392)
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A rare hanging vase in iconic colored clays by Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 20 cm (8inches) 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. Starting with the most difficult, he worked from Celadon, which relies on shape and extreme control of firing. He is held in the British Museum, Metropolitan New York, and Brooklyn Museum among a h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1411536 (stock #1389)
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A serving dish in the rare Utsutsukawa-yaki tradition by Yokoishi Gagyu (b. 1975) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The ovoid is covered in November shades over which has been applied in white slip a field of dried grasses blowing in the wind. It is 278 cm (10-1/2 inches) diameter and in perfect condition.
Gagyu’s first exhibited piece at the age of 30 in 1955 took the governors prize at the Nagasaki Kenten Prefectural Art Exhibition. That was the beginning of a prestigious car...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1411535 (stock #1388)
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A delicate sake cup by the elusive Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shirafu mon hai. It is 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) was born into a traditional pottery family in Kyoto. He studied under Living National Treasures Kondo Yuzo and Tomimoto Kenkichi at the Kyoto Municipal University of Art, graduating in 1957. That same year his work was accepted into the New Masters of Crafts Exhibition (Shin-takumi Kogeikai...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #1411390 (stock #1387)
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A cascade of flowers descends from a branch hanging into the dark matt night of this large pate by Kondo Yutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Funka-sara. In the upper right a white intrusion on the dark surface, is that a crook in the tree…or perhaps the corner of the rising moon? It is 32 cm (12-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition dating circa 1980.
Kondo Yutaka (1932-1983) was born into a traditional pottery family in Kyoto. He studied under Living Na...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1411358 (stock #1386)
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Reminiscent of an excavated Haniwa figure of a house, this museum quality vase is by Koinuma Michio and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled very simply Tsubo. It is an iconic work by this eclectic artist, whose work is entirely unique and easily discernible. It is 27.5 cm (11 inches) square, 37 cm (14-3/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. Due to size this will require special shipping consideration.
Koinuma Michio is a compelling figure unique among contempora...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1411190 (stock #1385)
Gold nuggets gleam on the deep lavender and black surface of this natural-formation by Inayoshi Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Kurinuki Kinsai Kaki. Kinsai is literally gold color, and here the artist has embedded gold into the surface, allowing it to expand and bubble out in the heat of the firing process. The effect of this on the dark matt surface is both striking and original. Kurinuki is the technique of digging a form out of a block of clay. It is 18-1/2 inches...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1411171 (stock #1384)
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A slightly more austere work completing this tea set by Kanzaki Shiho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Chawan and named inside the lid Amidha-Do (Hall of Amitabha). Here the artist has refrained from over-decoration, allowing the natural color and texture of the terracotta clay to dominate. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.3 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in excellent condition, dating circa 1990.
Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018) preferred firing his kiln for ten d...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #1411155 (stock #1383)
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The second of three pieces by Kanzaki Shiho we are offering. This is enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Mizusashi dating circa 1990. Again, this artist has outdone himself. Known for radical kiln effects, this does not disappoint, with a plethora of textures and colors to impress both the eye and the sense of touch. It is 7-/2 inches (19 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018) preferred firing his kiln for ten ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1411113 (stock #1382)
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A spectacular ash encrusted work by the legendary Kanzaki Shiho enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Iga Hanaire dating circa 1990. The colors are phenomenal, ranging from rich purple to green to gray and black. A heavy encrustation of goma clings to one side, making it extremely tactile. It is 9-1/2 inches (24.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Without a doubt museum quality! One of three pieces we have by him, this is a rare opportunity, since he passed away last year it ...