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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 : Bowls : Contemporary item #975600 (stock #383)
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Oil Spots shine a soft, mercuric silver on the black gloss ground of this expertly formed Tenmoku Chawan by contemporary artist Shimizu Yasutaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Bowl is 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and in fine condition. Yasutaka was born into the pottery household of future Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi in 1947. Although always involved in pottery, he began his official apprenticeship in the plastic arts under his fathers tu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #974831 (stock #379)
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A slight deviation from the norm, here is a scroll depicting the character Tsubo by Shigaraki artist Koie Ryoji in liquid strokes, the outer lines dissipating into the paper canvas. Ink on paper in a dark cloth border and unusual metal glazed ceramic rollers. It measures 19 1/2 by 42 inches (49, 5 x 107 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #974096 (stock #380)
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A spectacular Shigaraki vase by Tani Seiuemon (b. 1913) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Huge chunks of ash cling to the front of this Shigaraki vase, the broken and melted rim has fallen and lies embedded on the shoulder. Shinshoku wares like this Shigaraki piece, where the fire has eroded but not destroyed the work, are highly prized fortheir wabi-sabi. The blackened and charred clay is covered with rivulets of green glass ash glaze; a spectacular combination. The vase is 11 inc...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #973927 (stock #379)
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A charming baluster form vase decorated with a ring of drying fish by Katsuo Seiryudo (1907-1984) in the original signed wooden box. The hirame (flat fish) are unglazed except for an iron like underglaze used to draw the details, and shiny black dots for eyes. The contrast between the unglazed fish and white ceramic is unexpected and pleasing, in that ordinarily it would be opposite. The vase measures roughly 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) in diameter and height, and bears the artists cartouche-like sta...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #972549 (stock #376)
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Another venture into the roots of modern ceramics with this large Tsubo by Nakajima Kiyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1940. The crackled cram colored glaze is etched through with scrolling vines from which hang wide leaves and bunchesof small flowers. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in fine condition. Nakajima Kiyoshi (1907-1986) was born in Kyoto and graduated the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility in 1923. He was first exhibited nationally at the 1930 Kok...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #971884 (stock #375)
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Here is a quintessential piece by Master Mashiko Potter and Living National Treasure Hamada Shoji (1894-1978) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The subtlety of the wide faces is a pleasant contrast with the rich iron frame of the narrow sides and top. A cluster of leaves in a zen circle underscored or shaded by tapering rails under heavily crackled clear glaze, a snowy white belt running across the scene is what we see. However there is more to this vase, a subtle textur...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #970539 (stock #372)
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A large Hidasuki Bizen Table by Shibaoka Nobuyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Two large circles beyond the burnt-straw remains gives the effect of the moon reflecting off water viewed through a rush of bamboo. The table is 17-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 4 inches (44 x 24.5 x 10 cm) and is in excellent condition. Nobuyoshi was born in 1950, the son of Ikkai. He graduated the Bizen Industrial High School and went on to apprentice at the Bizen Ceramics Research Institute followed by traini...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #969989 (stock #369)
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A traditional open mouthed Tsubo by Living Prefectural Treasure Takahashi Rakusai enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece shows all the details of the middle ages, with a pattern of waves incised about the shoulder and a wide open mouth. Green glass shizen-yu glaze covers one side, raw earth opposite baked red with shiseki feldspar ships bubbling out from the surface. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall, roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and in fine condition. Born in Shigaraki i...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #957948 (stock #364)
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A very large Kutani Vase decorated by eccentric Zen Priest and painter Shimizu Kosho enclosed in the original sgned wooden box. The outer surfaceis covered in genuine gold, overwhich has been brushed the decorative calligraphy reading……Hana mushin Maneku chocho, mushin tazuneru shin. The box lid is attributed within to having been fired at the Kutani Shoryu kiln by Kosho himself, and the pot is signed on the base Ryu. The vase is over 12 inches (31 cm) tall, 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #947572 (stock #360)
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Hidashiki straw lines char deep red into the raw clay sides of this smooth Bizen vase by Yamamoto Soshu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Soshu is the wife of the eldest son of Yamamoto Toshu.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #946757 (stock #360)
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A large Oni-Hagi Enpaku Tsubu by important Hagi artist Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Oni Hagi Enpaku Tsubo. This large vessel was chosen by the artist to represent himself in one of the first important anthologies on modern Japanese Pottery, Gendai Nihon No Togei (volume 8, published 1984) and is visible on page 66 of the book. Obviously a defining work in the artists mind. The pot is 14-1/2 inches (36.3 cm) diameter, 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in perfect cond...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #944252 (stock #358)
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A massive pottery platter with dramatic slashes of color on pale glaze by Warren McKenzie purchased at an exhibition held in Tokyo in 1989 (photocopies of catalog accompany the sale). Potters from around the world come to work and study in Japan, and these offerings were very possibly fired here in Mashiko judging by glaze and style. This platter is 18 inches (46 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Warren McKenzie is one of American Pottery’s most influential figures. A proponent of the...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #933257 (stock #352)
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Spectacular Hi-iro defines this sake set by Konishi Toko II enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Various shades of color scorch the undecorated flame licked raw earth. A pleasure to drink from in every aspect, every cup offering a new facet. The tokkuri is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall, cups 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) diameter and all is in perfect condition. Toko, of course, learned from his father Toko I (1899-1954) and was succeeded by his own son Toko III.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #932834 (stock #351)
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A fine Nerikomi work by Living National Treasure Matsui Kosei (1927-2003) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The surface has a soft sheen, like the effect of being carved from gray marble. It measures 17 x 12 x 3 inches (43 x 30.6 x 7 cm), in perfect condition. Matsui was born in 1927, beginning his ceramic studies in 1946. In 1957, he became a priest at the Getsusoji Temple, where in 1960 he built a kiln so he could research traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean ceram...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #932645 (stock #350)
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Lavender clouds form on the surface of this cool White Hagi chawan by important artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A deep scar istorn from one side, the white frosted with pale color like rain threatening on a foggy landscape. The style is Kurinuki, not formed on a wheel but cut and worked from a block of clay, an approach the artist is famous for. It is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Masano likely needs no intr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #921362 (stock #351)
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Sitg White crystalline glaze clings to the purple pitted sides of this fantastic set of 3 Mentori Shu-hai sake cups made especially for an exhibition in 2004 by Kato Toyohisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enclosed is the original exhibition invitation showing a similar set. 1 cup is 5 inches (12 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) diameter; the others are roughly 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) diameter. Toyohisa was born in 1962. His work is both original and fresh and h...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #916777 (stock #345)
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Flashes of green fade to yellow on this deep Ki-Seto bole by Kato Sho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is quite large, and very pleasing to hold, slightly tapered so as to concentrate the aroma rising from the freshly whipped tea. The piece is signed alongside the kodai Sho-saku. The bowl is 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Sho (1927-2001) was born into the house of a potter, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art before branc...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #915551 (stock #340)
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The bodacious designs dominating the bold forms of Miyake Yojis work have drawn him many fans, one of which is this gallery owner, and this is a fine example enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 12 x 6 x 9 inches tall (30 x 15 x 23 cm). Born in Shimane in 1950, He studied from 1974 under Ito Kosho, establishing himself as an independent artist three years later in Mashiko. In 1979 his work was accepted into the Dento Kogei Shinsaku Ten (New Exhibition of Traditional Crafts) ...