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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 : 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) ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #915480 (stock #339)
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Maple leaves swirl in a vortex on this large rectangular platter by Ando Hidetake enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Rich iron leaves seem to float on or just below the surface as if floating in a pond, the suction from a surfacing carp drawing down, pulling the leaves around it. Excellent for display or use, it is 17 x 10-1/2 inches (43 x 26 cm) and is in excellent condition. Hidetake was born third generation into a Mino pottery family in Gifu prefecture in 1938. He began an appren...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #915271 (stock #338)
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A proud striated egg shaped orb floats above the square block forming the base of this sculpture by Matsumoto Hideo covered with enigmatic graffito. The object is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall, 4 x 7 inches (11 x 18 cm) at the base, and is in excellent condition. This piece was purchased from an exhibition held in October, 1993, and a copy of a Newspaper article introducing the exhibition is enclosed with the piece. Hideo has been widely represented in Museum exhibitions throughout Japan. He w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #914996 (stock #337)
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Haunting shapes are scraped into the raw clay like some ancient Nazcan riddle on this huge ball vase by Sato Kazuhiko. The vase is 15-1/2 inches (40 cm) tall, 17 inches (43 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. There is no box. Kazuhiko (b. 1947) is a widely displayed artist and author of many books on the ceramic arts. For more information on this artist see Modern Japanese Ceramics in American Collections (1993). Due to size this piece will require special shipping consideration.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #905219 (stock #329)
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The thickly potted blue sides are splashed with silver on this large sculptural vessel by important Kyoto artist Morino (aki) Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 11-1/2 inches (29.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. 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 ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #896580 (stock #326)
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Unusual in its use of a base pattern beneath the color, here is a large Kutani receptacle by Living National Treasure Tokuda Yasokichi (Masahiko) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The tinge of yellow circling inside the rim is also a rare and highly sought feature in the artists work. The basin curves up, rising from a small foot with a steady graduation of both color and form inside and out, striking as it is perfect. The box is signed Masahiko, dating the piece prior to his succee...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 1990 item #888099 (stock #323)
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rta A bold work by 20th century potter Shimizu Jun enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Red Rocet. The platter is 16 inches (40.5 cm) diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Jun was born in Osaka in 1951, graduating the Osaka City Industrial Institute (Metalworking) in 1969, upon which time he moved to the Kyoto Ceramics Research Facility. Avoiding the political world of National competition, Jun concentrated on Local events as a forum for exposure, beginnin...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #882708 (stock #318)
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Cranes and gold filigree decorate the incandescent blue of this meticulously formed tall dish enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Kawase Junichi (Kawase Chikushun II, 1923-2007), father of Kawase Shinobu. The dish is 11-3/4 inches (30 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Junichi was born eldest son into the Kyoto pottery family of Kawase Chikuo. He graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Art as well as apprenticing under his father. In 1949 he moved to ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #881063 (stock #316)
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Crystallized feldspar bursts out from the terracotta sides of this early mentori vase by Koyama Yasuhisa enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is stamped on the base Koyama and measures 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall, 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. The box lid is dated inside Showa 44 (1969), the same year Koyama Yasuhisa opened the first half submerged Anagama kiln in Shigaraki. Born in Shigaraki, Yasuhisa began at the prefectural industrial research facility before ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Pre 2000 item #879132 (stock #313)
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A large sculpted image of the goddess of mercy Kannon cut from a solid slab of Iga clay by artist Kishimoto Kennin. The image is 12-1/2 inches (31.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. The artists mark is engraved into the base of the back; there is no box. This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. 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 mov...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #872691 (stock #312)
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A white carp floats effortlessly, ghost-like on the limpid green surface of this large receptacle covered in pale green by Yonezawa Hisashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The Vase is 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) diameter, 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall and in fine condition and weighs five kilograms. Hisashi (b. 1931) was schooled as a painter at the Kyoto University of Art (Tech) before studying under both his own father (Yonezawa Soho) and Kusube Yaichi. He has been exhibited nationall...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #867953 (stock #311)
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Enigmatic green and red florals capped by ascending butterflies alternate with bird images in the cathedral-like windows on the side of this large vessel by Kyoto artist Yamazaki Koyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) tall and in fine condition, dating circa 1950. Koyo (1890-1979) studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI, and was displayed consistently in many National and Local Exhibitions. He has been awarded four times at the Nitten, twice at the Nihon S...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #867017 (stock #310)
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Splashes of earthen color decorate the deep sides of this large open dish by Living National Treasure Tamura Koichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The bowl is 15-1/2 (39 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10.5 cm) tall. The box is worn but still sturdy, and the bowl is in perfect condition. 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. With a very impressive career, Koi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #858707 (stock #308)
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An Aka-ji Kinsai vase by Suzuki Kiyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1965. The Koma-form vase (in the shape of a spinning top) is decorated largely I a swatch of red, with gold florals and alternating blue and red stripes at the top and bottom. Signed on the base, the vase is roughly 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Born into a long line of Kyoto potters, Kiyoshi (1903-1967) studied under Tomimoto Kenkichi and was a foun...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 2000 item #855333 (stock #305)
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A truly Massive chozara Oribe Platter by important potter Ando Hidetake (b. 1938) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Relying entirely on sculptural presentation, the interior is devoid of any decoration, the heavily sculpted basin simply coated with glassy-green oribe glaze. Deep grooves have been cut from the slab of clay, the edges torn and ragged with dollops of green dripping from the base. On the underside in dark iron is the large character Hi (the first character in the artist...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #853402 (stock #300)
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A huge museum quality pottery vase by Konishi Yohei (b.1941) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Tokoname Sen-Jomon Tsubo. The vase is 17-1/2 inches (45 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and weighs 14 kg (30 lbs). It is in excellent condition, dating circa 1990. Yohei was born the son of Konishi Yusen in Tokoname city, graduating the Tokoname Ceramics institute in 1959. He was first accepted into the Modern Japan Ceramics Exhibition (Gendai Togeiten) in 1960 and has since rac...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #852075 (stock #299)
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Lavender cools on the sculpted natural form of this expressive White Hagi chawan by important Hagi artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. 7 sides have been cut away, the last three violently torn leaving a grippingly scarred landscape behind. The style is Kurinuki, not formed on a wheel but cut and worked from a block of clay, work the artist is famous for. It is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter, the same height and in perfect condition. Masano likely needs no intro...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #851428 (stock #298)
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A large white-rimmed Tenmoku bowl by Pottery Master Kato Kohei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dispersion of oil spots is perfect, with a crisp division between white and black. The bowl is 14-1/2 (27 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It comes with a Takashimaya Department Store Exhibition pamphlet from 1971. The box has a cracked (repaired) lid and has darkened with age, but still protects the bowl fine. Kato Kohei (also Kobei, 1893-1982) was b...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #838264 (stock #293)
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Various designs rise from the surface of this bulb shaped vase by Kawai Toru decorated in the dore-e style of slip design. Gosu blue outside with tinges of rusty iron, accentuated inside with iron red. The vase is 9 inches (22.5 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter and in perfect condition. There is no box. Toru was born in 1941, the son of Kawai Takeichi. He apprenticed jointly under his father and Grandfather in 1964, making him the last disciple of Kanjiro Kawai, and it is he who seems to ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #837253 (stock #291)
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A heavily glazed early square pottery dish by Kimura Ichiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The sandy clay appears to have been twice fired, the first firing unglazed with a simple ash burn later a very thick feldspathick glaze wiped on and re-fired. It is roughly 11 by 11-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches (28 x 29 x 6 cm) and is in good condition, no chips or cracks but some color has soaked into the crackled white glaze. Originally from Mashiko, Kimura Ichiro (1915-1988) went to study ceramics...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #835558 (stock #290)
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Hi-dasuki lines of red charring streak across the surface of this large Tokkuri Vase by Isezaki Mitsuru (b. 1934) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A smooth even profusion of bubbles welter about the clay, adding a tactile texture to the elongated body. The vase is over 20 inches (51.5 cm) tall and in perfect 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 C...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #831532 (stock #287)
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Icy-blue meanders like a waterfall through the crags and crevices forming the sides of this elongated Oribe wall vase by young artist Ito Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 17 inches (43 cm) long and in fine condition, with a metal ring on back for hanging. Katsuhiko was born in Tsushima, Aichi prefecture in 1964, and raised in the heart of Mino ceramics. He apprenticed under Kato Shuntei in 1985. He has been displayed publicly at the Nihon Dento Togeiten (Nati...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #822068 (stock #285)
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A voluminous Tsubo of blistered dark clay by Furutani Michio enclosed in the original singed wooden box. The Tsubo is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter 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 industrial Arts, he moved to further his studies (like so many ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #818380 (stock #282)
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An unusually large piece by Upcoming Bizen artist Wakimoto hiroyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Made as two slabs pushed together slightly ‚
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 1990 item #817948 (stock #281 )
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A small Tsubo by Kato Sho (1927-2001) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dark earth is covered in a metallic blue glaze, running in rivulets over the scarred surface and washing onto the roughend clay of the base like the tide pulling back from the beach at night. The Tsubo is roughly 6 inches (15 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 branching out on his own. He made his National D...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #817601 (stock #280)
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Genuine gold filigree decorates the rich Spring-green body of this kogo incense container by highly sought modern female artist Ono Hakuko (1915-1996) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The small piece is decorated with florals outside, white porcelain inside. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 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 K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #814198 (stock #279)
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Mercuric silver slides silently down the mottle silver black of this bottle form Oil Spot vase by Unokawa Kazumasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The drainage of silver in precise ribs down the side is quite striking, with the rich black separating slowly into crisply defined spots.  The vessel shows a mastery of the Tenmoku-Yuteki technique, one of the most difficult to control.  It is over 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and in excellent condition.  According to Kazumasa, The clay w...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #813330 (stock #278)
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A large trumpeting vase by Iwasaka Tadashi enclosed in the original signed wooden box and exhibited at the 1992 Shinsaku TogeiTen (20th Exhibition of New Ceramic Works) pictured on page 276; catalog included.  It is titled simply Purple-Red Wide Mouth Vessel, but the combination of colors over the unpretentious form is nothing less than striking.  Vivid red underscores the rich lavender spray speckling the body.  The vase is 12-1/2 inches (32.5 cm) tall, 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter at the mou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Contemporary item #812233 (stock #277)
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A large and lovely platter by Koyama Kiyoko enclosed in the original signed wooden box.  The wavelike surface traps the thick crystalline ash glaze in deep green pools, the edges left raw and exposed.  The excessive amount of glaze is typical of this artists work, and she is known for firing her kiln for up to 14 days straight.  The dish is roughly 1 foot (30 cm) square and in excellent condition.  Kiyoko was the subject of the film Hi-Bi (2005) and is the pioneering female wood firing artis...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #799593 (stock #272)
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A fine shino box by pottey master Kishimoto Kennin covered in thick deeply fissured feldspathic glaze. The sides are torn and cut typical of this artists work. Smooth inside, the glaze is rough and extremely textured without. The box is roughly 5 inches (13 cm) square, 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) tall and in perfect condition, signed no the base. The box is not signed. This artist has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all very dif...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #797598 (stock #270)
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A fine deeply fissured Seiji Bakuhen Tenmoku bowl by contemporary artist Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze appears to be multiple layered transparent green, shattered like jade, a startling effect actually. The bowl is in the traditional Chinese form called Tenmoku, with a small delicate foot of dark clay. It is signed inside the wari-kodai. The Shifuku wrapping cloth is actually embroidered with the artists name. The bowl is nearly 6 inches (15.5 cm) dia...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #794234 (stock #265)
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A striking large Han-zutsu Shino bowl by Kato Kageaki 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 lavished o...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #793057 (stock #264)
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The fire side of this traditional form mimitsuki Shigaraki cylinder has been flattened with a deep swath of the paddle, creating a valley through which ran molten glass to which clings a thick range of crisp ash embers, a spectacular piece by Shigaraki representative Honiwa Rakunyu (d. 1963) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Opposite Tombo-no-me (dragonfly eyes) speckle the raw red surface; the result of feldspathic inclusions in the clay body. The vase is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #792753 (stock #263)
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An unusual and experimental slab form vase by Kato Shigetaka enclosed in the original signed wooden box, judging by form likely from the 1960s. The slab has been wrapped around and pinched together, one end folded and flattened to from the base, the other torn off and left jagged. Opposite the pinched joint is a deep gorge torn from the lay where ash has clung and melted, and the corners have fissured during the firing process, creating a unique silhouette. From the outside the vase may appea...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #791234 (stock #259)
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A stylish faceted piece by Toita Takatsugu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A milk white glaze thinly veils the rough dark clay, windows of dark brown showing through about the base and side. It appears to have been formed on a wheel, then shaped, with standing flanges where the sides were cut away. The chunky piece is just less than 8 inches (20 cm) tall, and is in perfect condition. Takatsugu was born in Toyama in 1943, and began his training at the age of 23 under Yoshida Kozo,...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #791009 (stock #258)
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A Nezumi-Shino tea bowl by Shino Artist Nakajima Masao (1922-present); the daring lines and rugged texture, in addition to the bold geometric patterns visible through the thick, pitted red glaze make this bowl quite outstanding. The artists’ stamp is impressed beside the Kodai, and it comes in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The large bowl measures 5 inches (13 cm) in diameter, just over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim and is in perfect condition, reminiscent of the famous Momoyama pe...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #780257 (stock #255)
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Here are an assortment of three sake cups by both Kaneta Masanao and Kishimoto Kennin. The first is the Masanao, a superb pale kurinuki Hagi bowl covered in lavender tinged glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The second is an igneous natural Iga piece by Kishimoto Kennin, also excellent condition in the original signed box. Last is a thick feldspar crusted Shino bowl also by Kennin, enclosed in an unsigned wooden box. All are in excellent condition, roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall,...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1970 item #777631 (stock #250)
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An animated work by one of Japans most interesting 20th century ceramic artists Kawai Kanjiro enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box endorsed by the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. The heavy piece dates from later in this artists distinguished career. It is in a style known as Doro-e, or slip design, and the design is actually raised quite off the surface. All is covered in a gosu cobalt glaze. The plaque is 8 by 11-1/4 by 2 inches (20 x 28.5 x 5 cm) and in perfect condition. Dish plaques like this are ver...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Plates : Pre 1990 item #777349 (stock #249)
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A large Oribe platter by Kishimoto Kennin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The rough edge is sculpted as if half dry when formed, deeply abraded along the outside edge, and signed underneath. The plate is 16 inches (40 cm) diameter and in perfect condition but for a thin scratch in the glaze extending from the center (see photos). An artist who has tried many styles, he has been working with clay since the 1950s, devouring styles along the way. Seto, Oribe, Iga and Celadon, all ver...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #775158 (stock #246)
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A trumpeting form vase by celadon master Suwa Sozan III (1932-2005) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. This vase is a break from the more traditional works often associated with this artist in the west, and shows very well the more contemporary side for which he is known domestically. Three paddle marks gyrate around a dark bead, providing depth to the engraved vortex swirling on the side. The vase is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter, 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in excellent condition. S...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #770320 (stock #244)
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Raw dark earth is surmounted by metallic color on vase by Uke Kensaku enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The five uneven sides seem to be forced together at random, the lack of uniformity contrasting with the precise design and bringing a sense of freshness to the piece. The vase is 13 inches (33 cm) tall, 8 x 9 inches (20 x 23 cm) across the base. Kensaku was born in Osaka in 1940, and first graduated the Tama University of Art Painting department before embarking on the ceramic pat...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #770040 (stock #243)
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A very personal work by celebrated porcelain master Kato Iwao (1930-1987) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A peony (botan) has been engraved in the side, blue leaves on pale blue porcelain forming a crisp, yet soft atmosphere, like morning snow. The vase is 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) tall, 6 inches (15 cm) diameter. Iwao was born in 1930, son of a Kyoto potter and studied under his father and later under Kusube Yaichi until 1953, the year he was first accepted into the prestigious Nation...
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A rare opportunity to revisit the earlier years of modern Mashiko with this pottery box (tobako) by Kimura Ichiro (1915-1988) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The simple square from has a tooled top and is covered in woven strokes of pale slip. It is roughly 11 by 6 x 5 inches (28 x 15 x 12.5 cm) and is in perfect condition. Originally from Mashiko, Kimura Ichiro went to study ceramics at the Kyoto ceramic research institute, as had his forbearer Hamada Shoji, to whom he later appr...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #769037 (stock #240)
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We have been long searching after a larger vessel by Morihiro, and at last we have found one to offer. This is a peculiarly shaped vessel decorated with swirling designs in a fractured circle layed over impressed clay and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The form is quite unique, the split circle motif actually falling from the center around the mouth to form the opposite side. Not apparent when viewing from the side but easily distinguished from above. It is signed on the base an...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #766419 (stock #239)
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A large urn shaped vessel by Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. The artists famous Jomon rope impressions are visible in filled slip about the center. A beautifully potted piece in deep iron color, the vase is 10 inches tall, 7-1/2 inches diameter an in perfect condition. After serving in World War II, Tatsuzo apprenticed under world famous Mashiko Mingei potter Hamada Shoji, establishing his own kiln in 1954. Working with rope patterns, Tatsuzo set out to c...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1980 item #766407 (stock #238)
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A massive sculptural vase by Kyotos Inoue Yoshihisa (b. 1947) in the form of a crowing cock. This piece was featured in the Nitten in 1973 and is visible in the catalog for that year. Yoshihisa studied ceramics under Kiyomizu Rokube VI, certainly one reason for his emphasis on sculptural concerns. His work has often been accepted to the Nitten National Exhibition, as well as the All Japan New Crafts Exhibition where he received the Members prize, and the Kofukai-ten. An excellent example of ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Contemporary item #764992 (stock #236)
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A Kuri-nuki mug and plate by important Hagi-yaki artist Kaneta Masanao enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The cup is roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, the same diameter. The saucer is roughly 7 inches (17.5 cm) diameter and both are in perfect condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #763572 (stock #233)
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A large basin decorated with magnolias by Kondo Takahiro (b. 1958) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A vibrant image perfectly executed from Takahiro who is a master of Tetsu-e. The bowl is 13-1/2 inches (34 cm) diameter, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in perfect condition, dating circa 1995. Kondo Takahiro was born the grandson of Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo. He has been displayed at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Modern Art, The Nitten National Exhibition, as well as various ex...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #762888 (stock #232)
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A deep, almost bulbous, Wan-gata Chawan by Ueda Tsuneji Titled Kikumon, or Chrysanthemum, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The large bowl is covered in speckled green glaze turning blue on the lower edges, with a bodacious mum in blue and black. It measures 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, the slightly tapered rim just over 3 inches (8cm) tall. Ueda Tsuneji (1914-1987) was born the second son of a Kimono maker in Kyoto, the designs seen in his youth having a lasting impression on his...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #762169 (stock #230)
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A striking bowl by pottery master Mukunoki Eizo (b. 1943) enclosed in the original signed wooden box, the dark surface spattered with blots of rich iron. The bowl is 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Born in Shimane, Eizo apprenticed under Kawai Kanjiro in 1958, continuing at his kiln until the masters death in 1966. To show respect and mourning for his sensei, Eizo quit potting for 1 year after this passing. He has since repeatedly exhibited at ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #761495 (stock #228)
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Vibrant tusty red splashes across the black glazed surface of this sculpted vase by Kawai Kanjiro dating from the 1950s enclosed in a wooden box annotated by his daughter Koha, the head of the Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan Museum. The vase is roughly 8 by 4 by 4-3/4 inches (20 cm x 12 x 10 cm) and is in perfect condition. Kanjiro 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 st...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #759747 (stock #227)
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Opulent colors mix on the lavishly glazed sides of this sensational decanter-like vase by Living National Treasure Shimizu Uichi enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. Faint greens slide and mingle with the rich turquoise and lavender, hints of rusty iron on the edges. Truly an extraordinary and unusual item by one of Japans most unconventional LNT artists. It stands 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall and is in perfect condition. Uichi was born in Kyoto the son of a ceramic dealer. Di...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #759099 (stock #225)
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A Shino bowl by modern pottery master Sato Katsuhiko enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Dark iron characters diffuse into the misty feldspar glaze, Mu (nothingness) on one side and a circle on the other. A bowl steeped in the tradition of Zen, it is slightly closed at the irregular rim to focus the aroma. The bowl is 4 inches (10 cm) tall, 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Katsuhiko is an eccentric artist, working aptly in not only pottery, but also painting ...