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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 : 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1139957 (stock #496)
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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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1119021 (stock #391)
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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 #1118929 (stock #472)
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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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1115151 (stock #471)
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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...
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...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1114860 (stock #469)
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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...