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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 : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1174564 (stock #563)
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A Sueki style tiered vase by Koinuma Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The cement like body exemplifies what we expect from Michio, crisp lines and geometric forms. It measures 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall and is in excellent condition.
Michio is a compelling figure unique among contemporary artists. He seems to have no limit to his imagination and creativity, still dazzling us with new concepts after four decades. Born in the hectic war years in 1936, he is incredibly int...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #1174403 (stock #562)
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How to describe the texture on this very unusual vase? It is porous, like a thick coat of lichen on the surface. This is one of the many unusual pieces we have come to expect from the artist Koinuma Michio, ever a surprise! The body is sculpted with thick undulating lines in relief, and covered with this earth-toned porous glaze. It is 10 inches (26 cm) tall, 12 x 5-1/2 inches (31 x 14 cm) and is in excellent condition. It is stamped on the base by the artist and signed Koinuma Michio, S. 50...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1171746 (stock #558)
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Feldspathic inclusions burst from the red terracotta of this round Shigaraki mizusashi by important artist Furutani Michio enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-1/2 inches (18 cm) diameter, 6 inches (15 cm) tall 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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1170402 (stock #554)
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A striking large and deep basin by Yamamoto Noriyuki decorated with rich gold and iron designs enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The pattern is reminiscent of Ainu texties from the indigenous Northern Peoples of Japan. The dish is 13-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (34 x 27 x 9 cm) and in fine condition.
Born in Tottori Northern Japan in 1948, Noriyuki came under the influence of Mingei adherent Yoshida Shoya (1898-1972) at the age of 16, and this formed the basic principles of hi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1170254 (stock #553)
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Three lobes spiral toward the pinched mouth of this large vessel by important modern Hagi artist Yoshiga Hatao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The white hagi glaze is tinged with lavender and lightly crackled. THe vessel is 12-1/2 inches (32 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Hatao was born into the Hagi pottery family of Yoshiga Taibi in 1943. He graduated the prestigious Tokyo University of Art, and the University bought his graduation piece. From 1968 he went on sabba...
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...
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 : 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 : Contemporary item #1166557 (stock #392)
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Fissured white supplants the sand textured earth of this voluminous work by Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box and displayed at the 28th Nihon Dento Kogeiten Traditional Crafts Exhibition and published on page 11 of the catalog for that year (1999, catalog included). A crescent of iron speckled earth spins out from the mouth, punctuated by a Kikko flower, the thick white feldspathic glaze sagging down toward the center, where a belt of raw clay peers out over the ice-co...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1166391 (stock #386)
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Frost covered flowers twist up through the snow covered surface of this voluminous work by Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Variations in depth and the light absorbing textured white add a tactile dimension lost to more refined pottery. The thickly potted vessel is 11 inches (27.5 cm) tall, roughly 9 inches (23 cm) square and in fine condition.
Yasutaka was born into the pottery household of future Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi in 1947. Although alwa...
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : Vases : Pre 1990 item #1161888 (stock #535)
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Rich red underscores the feldspathic glaze running wispy tendrils across this vase in a style the artist calls Flowing Clouds by important avant-garde Yasuda Zenko. The pot is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall 10 x 4-1/2 inches (25 x 11.5 cm) and in overall fine condition.
Yasuda Zenko (Tomohiko) B. 1926, Studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI. First displayed nationally at the Nitten in 1950. He was awarded the prestigious Japan Ceramic Society award in 1958, and was subsequently collected by the Met...
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 : Contemporary item #1152553 (stock #529)
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Cranes lined in gold cover the inner surface of this large bowl by Matsuzaki Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 40 cm (16 inches) diameter, 7 cm (3 inches) tall and in excellent 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 (to be) Living National Treasure Shim...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1152535 (stock #528)
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A fantastic purple tinged shino bucket vase with unusual handle by Matsuzaki Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel is created in a series of steps, steps up the face of the sides with cut away segments, steps up and around the rim leading to the peaks and juxtaposed by a natural almost flame-shaped handle intimating a branch thrust through the sides. All is covered in a thick crawling shino glaze highlighted throughout with purple tinged red. It is over 10 inches (26 cm) ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1152534 (stock #373)
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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 #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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1147575 (stock #522)
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One of the most expertly created Shino bowl I have seen enclosed in the original signed wooden box from Noji Gama. Reminiscent of the famous Momoyama period bowl called Momiji, it is incredibly easy to hold and use, and yet has the presence of contemporary ceramic sculptural art. The bowl is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in perfect condition, marked on the base with a slash by the artist.
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 : Bowls : Contemporary item #1147571 (stock #286)
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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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1146276 (stock #519)
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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,
Shiro-yu Kokusu Bonshi
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Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1145961 (stock #518)
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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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1145693 (stock #516)
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1145153 (stock #514)
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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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1144267 (stock #512)
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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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #1144246 (stock #511)
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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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 1990 item #1144056 (stock #510)
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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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 2000 item #1143875 (stock #350)
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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....
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1143836 (stock #508)
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A pair of yunomi cups in pale glaze, the side gashed out of which peak a red bodied crab by Sasaki Niroku enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The larger is 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and both are in fine condition. Niroku Yaki was established in Ehime by the son of a tile maker in the late 1800s. Struck by the beauty of Iki-ningyo from Kumamoto, Niroku I (1857-1935) began a journey around Japan studying sculpting and pottery before returning to Ehime to establish his kiln. Niroku w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1143672 (stock #507)
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An igneous natural Iga piece by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed box. In excellent condition, roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall, the same diameter.
Kennin has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Shino, 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 moving on to the next challenge when his appetite and personal genius has been satiated. He was e...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1143669 (stock #506)
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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...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #1142201 (stock #366)
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A Kinsai guinomi sake cup with gold filigree applied over rich green by important 20th century female artist Ono Hakuko (1925-1996) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in perfect 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, an...
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 : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1141469 (stock #503)
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A white porcelain box decorated with red and green filigree by Suzuki Takuji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The box lid is titled Aka-e Hakkaku To-bako (8 Sided Ceramic Box with Red Design). It is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) across all sides, 5 inches (13 cm) tall and in fine condition.
This is from the Matsui family collection of Fushimi, an extensive collection of art objects encompassing many aspects of crafts, including sculpture, Pottery and Metalwork, largely from Kyoto area...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1141370 (stock #502)
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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 : Vases : Contemporary item #1140911 (stock #501)
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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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1140767 (stock #248)
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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 ...
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...
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 : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1140211 (stock #349)
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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 #1139982 (stock #497)
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A celadon figure of a dragon by Suzukio Osamu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Very unusual, the box form creature stands on two four flat feet, tail popping up out of the top on one side. A brilliant example of the work of this important Avant-garde artist. It is 4 x 3 x 4 inches (10 x 7 x 9 cm) and in fine condition.
Osamu was, along with Kumakura Junkichi, Hikaru Yamada and Yagi Kazuo, one of the founding members of the influential Sodeisha (Crawling Through Mud Associatio...
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Slashes of feldspathic glaze run over rich iron, in a style the artist calls Flowing Clouds, a large work by important avant-garde artist Yasuda Zenko. This is larger than a nearly identical piece held by the Museum of Modern Art, Shiga (titled Ryuun, 1976, one of 20 by this artist in the museum collection). Due to size and weight this will likely require shipping by private air freight, to be assessed separately.
All pieces currently being listed from the Yasuda line are from the Matsu...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1139668 (stock #362)
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A large flat bottomed basin by Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The pot is 19 inches (48 cm) diameter, 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. It is likely no collector of Hagi will need an introduction to this innovative artist. Yamato Yasuo was born in 1933 to a long line of Hagi potters. He learned under his father Harunobu and grandfather Shoroku. One of the first to challenge many traditions associated with Hagi Yaki. He was displayed with Sodeisha, Kofu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1139496 (stock #490)
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Two burnt red suns flair in the center of this rectangular slab by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It measures 9 x 5 inches (23 x 11.5 cm) and in excellent 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 Cultural Property for Okayama (the prefectural version of a living National Treasure, likely more important as it is truly based on...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Contemporary item #1139492 (stock #489)
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Hidasuki lines of burnt straw run like veins through the leaf shaped body of this Happa-zara by Isezaki Mitsuru enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dish is 14 x 8 inches (35 x 21 cm) and in excellent 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 Cultural Property for Okayama (the prefectural version of a living National Treasure, likely more importa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1138723 (stock #487)
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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...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1138414 (stock #484)
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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 : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1136970 (stock #373)
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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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1136667 (stock #483)
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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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1135255 (stock #482)
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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...
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...
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...