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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 : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #756027 (stock #223)
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A true work of art by the most sought after of all Japanese potters, Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966), enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box dating from the 1940s. It is covered in an unusual green glaze with swirling deco design on the shoulder, spinning flowers in the center like an iron dragon. The depth of the soft swirls around the neck is phenomenal. That contrasted with the crisp clarity of the iron design on the unusual green field make this vase very desirable. It is exper...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #749158 (stock #222)
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Enigmatic figures rise from concave discs on the front of this massive Tenmoku Vase by modern sculptural artist Ohi Toshiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The gourd shaped form is covered in a mottled red Kaki-yu spotted with flashes of black. The smooth evenly graduated sides contrast with the sharp rough edge of the opening, both surprising and pleasing. Signed clearly on the base, the vase is 14 inches (36 cm) tall, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Tosh...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #747389 (stock #218)
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An unusual square Iga Mizusashi signed Rakuzan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Charred shadows under score the deep green glass pools on the surface, raw earth studded with inclusions burnt red. It is 8-1/2 inches (21 cm) square and roughly the same height; of course in excellent condition.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #745837 (stock #217)
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A squat vase by Bizen master Kakurezaki Ryuichi (b. 1950) enclosed in th original signed wooden box. A crisp line divides the upper pale ash coating and lower raw vitrified red clay. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) wide, 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in perfect condition. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with the ability to see the clays pot...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #744712 (stock #216)
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A perfect example of why Shigaraki is one of Japans most popular ceramic styles; a large tsubo urn covered in Hai-yu ash glaze by Yamamoto Ryuzan, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Thick glaze covers the shoulder and runs in glassy rivulets down the charred front, while the back of the Tsubo, positioned away from the flame, remains pale white. Bidoro, flying ash all over with a dark kutsuki on front and brittle molten ash-charring at the base. On a small base, the piece leans slight...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 1990 item #741056 (stock #212)
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A radical Iga Koro incense burner by unconventional artist Kishimoto Kennin (b. 1934) enclosed in the original signed and stamped wooden box. Red clay studded with shiseki feldspathic stone is worked into a globular form with three triangular windows, the sides fissured by deep folds in the clay. The piece is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Possibly better known today for celadon, Kennin went through a radical period some 15 years ago working on pieces like this unusually ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #739706 (stock #208)
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This is a splendid example of 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-kinsai Hanaike. The work surpasses the simplicity of the title, covered in rich blue glaze with silver clouding and gold highlights on the looping waves about the rim, the piece exemplifies the unusual forms favored by the artist in the late 80s and early 90s, leading up to his being given the most coveted tit...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 2000 item #739571 (stock #207)
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A thick coating of green glass covers the burnt terracotta clay of this misshapen Teapot by Iga representative Atarashi Kanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The form is scraped and gashed and pushed and contorted, very pleasing to the touch and eye. It is 9-1/2 inches (24.5 cm) tall, roughly 6 inches (15.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition, as is the wooden box. Kanji was born in Osaka in 1944, and graduated the Osaka College of Craft design. After 3 years in Kobe, and 4 in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #739548 (stock #206)
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Black green and silver bands like a core sample of crustal layers from some fantastic planet decorate the brushed and impressed clay of this large piece by Kyoto Artist Morino Taimei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 10-1/2 inches (26.5 cm) tall, 9-1/2 by 5 inches (24 x 12.5 cm) and is in perfect condition. The box as well is like new. 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 be...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #738539 (stock #205)
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Each uniquely carved row of frets on this large textured vase is a variegated shade of raw clay by Mihara Ken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 10 inches (25.5 cm) tall, 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches (22 x 14.5 cm) and dates circa 1994. Ken was born in Shimane prefecture in 1958, and apprenticed under Funaki Kenji at the age of 23. He has been exhibited and or prized at the All Japan Ceramic Exhibition (Nihon Togei Ten), Asahi Ceramic Exhibition, the National Traditional Crafts ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #737055 (stock #204)
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A large playful vase performed in Persian influenced style by Seto artist Kato Kinzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Bold, joyful dials surround the banded sides in black on glossy blue-green. The vase is 11 inches (28 cm) tall, 10 inches (25.5 cm) diameter and in prefect condition. Kinzo was born in 1929, and specialized in Oribe and Seto-Guro ceramics for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. This is an unusually large and eccentric piece for the normally more subdued artist. His ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #735110 (stock #203)
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Here is an amazing vase by the most sought after of all Japanese potters, Kawai Kanjiro dating from the 1940s, enclosed in a fine kiri box endorsed by the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. The box is signed Kanjiro Saku, Gosu Hana-ire Hentsubo, Kawai Koha (Made by Kawai Kanjiro, a Gosu blue flower vase of altered urn shape, endorsed by Kawai Koha. Koha is Kanjiros daughter, and the current head of the Kawai Kanjiro Museum. The stately composure of its dramatic silhouette is surpassed only by the striking ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #730361 (stock #197)
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A phoenix flairs majestically out in minute detail on this large sometsuke vase by Nakamoto Chikuzan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Written with an exacting hand, the bird is made up of hundreds of tiny strokes of the masters brush. Ordinarily we do not work with sometsuke however this is a powerful piece deserving exception. The vase is 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Nakamoto Chikuzan I (1911-2000) cultivated his roots at the Tobe Industrial School before emba...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #727167 (stock #194)
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Birds flit playfully in the rich foliage of a fiery maple on the front of this flattened ovoid vase by Nakamura Toshito enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The odd triangular opening is perfect for flower arrangement, offering place for larger branches to rest in the corners. The ovoid form appears to be hand formed, the clay raked and covered in white with hand-painted scenery in enamel over. The vase is roughly 8 inches (20 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Toshito was simultaneou...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #724989 (stock #193)
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Red burns through the dramatically pin-holed white glaze clinging viciously to the sides of this large Shino Chawan by representative Mino artist Kato Takeshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enigmatic dark iron cuts through the clouds of tinged white, lending a brash sense of the primitive power of fire. It has great Hada, the texture so good it would certainly add flavor to your cup of tea. The chawan is 5 inches (12.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) tall and of course in excel...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #721519 (stock #192)
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Lavish charring on two sides contrasts with sliding Hai-yu glaze opposite on this thick and bold vase by Masamune Kengo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vase is 16 by 13 inches (40 by 33 cm) across, 11 inches (28 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The artist has been largely exhibited and prized, including the Chunichi Kokusai Togei Ten, Nihon Dento Kogei Ten, Nihon Togei ten, Issui Kai Ten, and Okayama Ken Ten.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #720444 (stock #190)
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A large Kashiki sweets dish decorated with white blossoming plum on iron shaded with blue-gray by Shino Legend Hayashi Shotaro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The thick blue clings to the iron, seemingly anchored into the su-ana pinholes so characteristic of Shino ware. The vessel is roughly 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) square, over 3 inches (8.5 cm) tall and in perfect condition. The original exhibition price was over 1,500 dollars. Shotaro (b. 1947) is one of the biggest names in conte...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Cups : Pre 1980 item #713058 (stock #187)
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A rat in clear glaze applied over gold, blue outside by Matsumoto Saiichi in the original signed wooden box. The cup is 3 inches (7.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Saichi comes from a distinguished line of potters, his Father being Sahei and grandfather Sataro. Both were prominent figures in Kutani. Upon graduation from the Kanazawa Institute of Fine Art, he followed in the footsteps of so many greats like Hamada Shoji and Kawai Kanjiro by studying in Kyoto at the National Ceramic Res...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #712581 (stock #186)
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Gorgeous blue clouded mottle lies over oribes vibrant green crackled glaze on this thick slab of clay by world famous artist Kato Shuntei (b. 1927-1995) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The upturned edges create a border where none exists allowing the dish to blend with other table elements and yet setting it apart as an individual work (asif the size alone were not enough!). The piece is literally supported on beaded drips of glassy green glaze. Roughly 14 by 15 inches (35 x 37 cm...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #711448 (stock #184)
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A large bottle form vase covered in glassy green over dark swirling lines, a powerful presentation by Takemoto Genhichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12-1/2 inches (34 cm) tall 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter and in perfect condition. Genhichi (Also Genshichi) studied at the osaka Municipal Art University then apprenticed to the 9th generation Shirai Hanshichi before branching out on his own. He has consistently stayed in the intimate world of private exhibitions, avoiding...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #709632 (stock #182)
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A gourd shaped porcelain vase by Tokuda Yasokichi III enclosed in the original signed wooden box covered in his signature modern gosai colors of yellow, purple blue white and green. The vase is 7 inches (18 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Designated Living National Treasure in 1997 for his supremacy in the use of Kutani glazes, Yasokichi, born Masahiko, has gone a step further than many National Treasures by broadening his spectrum with a new style of Kutani ware. Masahiko graduated from th...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #709128 (stock #180)
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Purple glaze slides down over mustard sliding down over crackled cream, a startling combination from Uno Ninmatsu enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Running down freely in front, it is channeled through deep crosshatched scores in the sides. It is unclear which of the Ninmatsu brothers made the piece, but likely is the work of the fourth son, Uno Sango (1902-1988). The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 7-1/2 (19 cm) inches wide and 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) thick. Sango was exhibited at the ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #702580 (stock #179)
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Scorched earth rises phoenix like from a fluted irregular base; a huge sculptural vase by Kakurezaki Ryuichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Ishihaze pockmark the surface with a light dusting of blown ash glaze. The piece is a whopping 22-1/2 inches (57 cm) tall, 15 inches (38 cm) wide and in fine condition, dating circa 1990. There is an artist repair to a firing crack in the base (likely re-fired, a common practice, see close-ups), otherwise is in excellent condition. It is like...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #699017 (stock #178)
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Pale clay baked red with a dusting of natural ash glaze and small streaming rivulets complimenting the undulating ribbons billowing pell-mell from the top of this odd shaped sculptural vase by Kiyomizu Rokubei VII (1922-2006) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece is 9 inches (23.5 cm) tall, 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) wide and in excellent condition. The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district from the second half of the Edo ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #697132 (stock #175)
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A squat and belted Hagi Mizusashi covered in thick pale blue-tinted glaze by representative artist Yamato Yasuo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. An early work by the artist, the glaze is softly crackled, lying thick in the grooves left by the artists fingers. Pinched handles barely escape the sides. The piece is 10 inches (25 cm) diameter, 4-1/4 inches (11 cm) tall and in excellent condition. Outside the box is signed Shoroku, inside Yasuo-saku. Yamato Yasuo was born in 1933 to a...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #696953 (stock #174)
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A tall stem-footed Hagi flower vessel enclosed in the original wooden box by Yamato Yasuo. It was created in that postwar age when once again expression was finding a voice in Japan, and the early avant-garde potters such as Yamato Yasuo and Kumakura Junkichi were reaching beyond tradition as a means of verbalizing their interpretation of Japan in a new age. Here enigmatic shapes rise from the slightly striated Hagi clay, the entire covered in pale blue tinged glaze with outlines of iron and s...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #690733 (stock #172)
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A sizeable seihakuji vase by celadon master Fukami Sueharu (b. 1947) enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating circa 1985. Graceful lines drape from 8 points evenly distributed about the rim, creating a sense of geometry on the simple orb. The vase is roughly 8-1/2 inches tall, 9-3/4 inches diameter and in excellent condition. The name of Kyotos Sueharu is synonymous with seihakuji celadon. He has been displayed numerous times at the prestigious Nitten, Nihon Togei Ten (National Japa...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #689783 (stock #171)
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A heavily potted Ash-glaze vase by Seto potter Kato Shinya enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The geometric patterns collide and dance off each other, gray on white, a piece well representing the artistic endeavors of the era in which it was created. The vase is quite large, 13 inches tall, 8-1/4 inches diameter and in excellent condition. Shinya was born into the family of Seto potter Kato Sakusuke in 1940, and graduated the Tokyo University of Art sculpture division in 1964, follow...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #686513 (stock #169)
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A fantastic Mimitsuki fresh water container with rolling, sculptural corners very much in the style of the highly sought Bizen master Kakurezaki Ruichi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 9 inches (23 cm) wide and in excellent condition, dating circa 1998. It is likely that Ryuichi needs no introduction, one of the most well known of Bizen potters, he is interestingly originally not from Bizen but far off Nagasaki, which seems to have gifted him with t...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #686251 (stock #167)
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Coral like texture seems to have settled on the shoulders of this sculpted Bizen vessel by artist Wakimoto Hiroyuki enclosed in the Original signed wooden box. The form is very natural, all curves and no glaze (it would make a great motto). Wakimoto is strongly influenced by the natural world and the shapes of ancient civilizations. From his native Japan to ancient China and Native American cultures, he assimilates and produces, all bending to his tools and wedges. This piece is roughly 8 in...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #685251 (stock #165)
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An unusual bit of Seto ware by important artist Kato Sho enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Enigmatic windows in the smooth black coating reveal icy-pale glaze and one streak of raw sandy earth baked red. The bowl 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. It is 4 inches (10 cm) tall, roughly 5 inches (13 cm) diameter and in perfect condition, dating...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #684975 (stock #164)
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A mysterious mottle of color drifts like smoke around the surface of this Bizen Tsubo shaded with clouds of natural pale green ash by Hibata Koken enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is roughly 14 inches (35.5 cm) diameter, 13 inches (33 cm) tall and in fine condition. It is a hefty piece weighing in at about 12 kilograms including the box. Koken (b. 1921) has been displayed on a National level at the Nihon Dento Kogei Ten (Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibition), Nihon Togei Ten (Jap...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #682921 (stock #163)
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A large color splashed charger by one of Kyotos more original artists Tsuboi Asuka enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The vessel has a narrow foot with steadily rising sides creating a light airy feel; sheet white clay covered in green glass interspersed with runs of opaque shadow. Perfect for a service of summer fruits, or as a shallow basin for an arrangement of summer flowers. It is just less than 16 inches (40 cm) diameter and in excellent condition. Asuka, originally of Osaka, ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #682667 (stock #162)
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Soft lavender and blue meld on the surface of this fine koro by Yamazaki Koyo (1890-1979) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The piece features a rosewood lid inlayed with a polished agate pull. The shade of glaze is so unusual, thick as one might expect of Mingei, yet incredibly delicate like the robins egg colors produced by China. It is 4-1/2 inches (11 cm) wide, 4 inches (10 cm) tall and in perfect condition. Koyo studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei VI, and was displayed consistently...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #681849 (stock #161)
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A red earthen cylinder inlayed about the rim with dragonflies by JCS award winner Imai Masayuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The dragonflies (also called Katsumushi, or insect of victory) are inlayed into the red clay with white and buff clay, covered with resist, and a thin iron slip applied over the remainder of the vase. The slip color is so closely matched to the underlying brick-red clay one cannot see the difference. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall, 4 inches (10 cm) dia...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #680176 (stock #158)
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A mischievous bowl covered in dense ash by the late master Furutani Michio (1946-2000) enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The ash is so thick as to almost pacify the ragged clay surface; its resonant peaks still visible underneath where the clay is roughest. Inside dark charring scars the back of the bowl where flame licked the surface, and rivulets of crusty green vein the gray skin. The bowl is almost 9 inches (22 cm) diameter, over 3 inches (8 cm) to the rim. Three crispy spurs a...