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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 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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1103670 (stock #449)
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A pair of men-tori gourd shaped sake flasks by Living National Treasure Kondo Yuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. One flask is decorated in blue with bamboo and the characters Sei-Fu (pure wind). The second is dated in blue and pink with pomegranates with the inscription “For the use of Yuzo, October 27, 1976”. Both are signed on the base. It is likely these came from the artists own personal collection. Each stands roughly 5 inches (13 cm) tall...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #661513 (stock #120)
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Vase by Wada Morihiro (b. 1944) enclosed in the original wooden box. The vase is 9 inches (23 cm) tall and in perfect condition, Circa 1980. Wada was born in Hyogo prefecture and apprenticed under Kyotos Tomimoto Kenkichi before moving to his current location in 1976...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #769056 (stock #241)
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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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1337807 (stock #998)
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Red and green crystallize in torrents on the sides of this bottle vase by Sakuchi Ensen enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall 5-1/2 inches (14.5 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Sakuchi Ensen (B. 1922) began on the path of the potter in 1946, searching to create something unusual in the hills of Okayama. His research led him to create this highly decorative yet wildly natural glaze he came to call Hishhoku Nanban Yaki.
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...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1065395 (stock #430)
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A large bottle-necked Mashiko vase impressed with rope patterns by Ningen Kokuho Shimaoka Tatsuzo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The glaze and design typifies the work of this Living National Treasure; circular crests on the sides decorated with a splash of iron, the rest impressed with rope designs under pale glaze. It is 11 inches (27 cm) tall, roughly 5 inches (12 cm) square at the shoulder and in excellent condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1399710 (stock #1305)
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A menagerie of 12 comic creatures grin back at us as we pour another cup of sake from this Tokkuri decorated by world renowned woodblock artist and painter Clifton Karhu enclosed in the original wooden box also decorated on all facets with the same humorous creatures as well as a self portrait on the lid captioned EVERY DAY IS A GOOD DAY. It is 17.5 cm (7 inches) tall and in excellent condition...
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...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1233088 (stock #703)
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A thin roughly textured plate by avant garde Yagi Kazuo titled cryptically Nanbanzara (The Southern Barbarians Plate) and enclosed in a fine Shiho Kiri-wood box endorsed by his son Yagi Akira. It is 10 inches (26 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Volumes have been written about pioneering artist Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) and I am sure he needs no introduction. His birth on Independence Day seems to have been a portent of things to come. He was the son of the ceramicist Yagi Isso, and gr...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #659555 (stock #115)
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A stunning silver glazed Tokkuri by artist Kozuru Gen (b. 1938) in the original signed kiri wood box. The vase is completely covered in silver or platinum glaze with sansai like yellow and green in spontaneous crystalline dabs set in extra drippings of thick silver about the circumference. Countering this strength of character is faded orange, adding a subtle suggestion inside the mouth of the bulbous Tokkuri form. The vase, which dates circa 1980, is 7 inches (18 cm) tall. Gen has operated ...
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 1980 item #1374705 (stock #1191)
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One of three vessels by avant garde potter Kumakura Junkichi enclosed respectively in their original signed wooden boxes. First an industrial shaped box in green measuring 7 x 5-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches. Second a bowl in namako glaze, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter. Last a Tsubo in green measuring 6-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches (16 x 11 x 21 cm). All are in excellent condition.
Junkichi (1920-1985) began working in ceramics in the 1940s, his works submitted to innumerable National and Internationa...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1234464 (stock #710)
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Running up to the end of our 60s and 70s ceramics, here is a great piece by a student of Yagi Kazuo, Yoshitake Hiromu (Hiroshi) enclosed in the original signed wooden box and dating from the late 60s or early 70s encapsulating the feeling of rage against conformity then rupturing the Japanese ceramic world. It is 6 x 14 x 16 inches (15 x 35 x 40 cm) and is in fine condition. Due to size and weight the cost of shipping will be accrued separately for this piece.
Born in Kyoto in 1938, Hir...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1204800 (stock #638)
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Thick ash colors the surface of this superb six sided dish by Kawamoto Goro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Like encrustations on some Roman glass bottle dredged up from two thousand years of slumber, the glaze is porous and thick. It is roughly 8 inches (19 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Goro (1919-1986) was born in Seto to a family of potters. He studied in Kyoto at the same institution as Kawai Kanjiro and Hamada Shoji. Returning to work at the family kiln, he was l...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1416401 (stock #1444)
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A recumbent form of grungy urban themes by Kato Kiyoyuki enclosed in the original signed wooden box dating from the 1960s. It is 42 x 7 x 13.5 cm (16-1/2 x 3 x 5 inches) and is in excellent condition. The box has oxidized with age.
Kato Kiyoyuki was born in 1931, the heir to a long-established tile-making business in Seto. He studied ceramics at high school however his main interest lay in painting and sculpture, and it was only when he was in his late twenties that he began to work in ...