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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 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...
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...
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...
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 #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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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. 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...