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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 : Pre 2000 item #1449640 (stock #1773)
A beautifully brushed calligraphy work by Living National Treasure Fujiwara Kei enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The three simple characters are direct, without pretense. Ten Mu Shi: Nature is selfless and equal to all living things (juxtaposed to humans who are selfish and egocentric). Perhaps an important message this year, with viruses and abnormal weather running rampant. The artist has confronted each character directly with the brush, clear and selfless, from a state of Mushin...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1449491 (stock #1770)
A set of five Yo-hen Cups by Iga artist Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Exquisitely formed, with a wide stable base featuring four slight arches rising slightly from the table, creating a sense of light weight despite the wide bottom. There are small cuts of clay taken from the sides and the entire is covered in white slip revealing highlights of the underlying clay at the ridges. Each is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, roughly 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) tall and all are in exc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1449261 (stock #1768)
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I have been searching for years, and finally have one to offer, a koro in white engraved with pomegranates by the most rare Itaya Hazan. Although celadon koro are more common, this is very simple white with a Zakuro (pomegranate) motif carved into the clay under the glaze. The lid is rosewood with a stone finial. It is 8 cm diameter, 6.5 cm tall and in excellent condition. It comes in an unsigned double wood box with a certificate of authenticity from the Tokyo Bijutsu Kurabu. This is the ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1960 item #1449258 (stock #1767)
An image in pure white of the Goddess of Mercy Kannon seated in mediation by the most rare of all artists Itaya Hazan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in perfect condition. A similar figure is published in the book Botsugo Gojunen Itaya Hazan Ten(Jap. Yamagata Art Museum, 2013) figure 158.
Itaya Hazan (1872-1963) was born in Ibaraki, given name Kashichi, 8th son of a wealthy merchant. He entered the Tokyo Art School in 1889 where he studied s...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1449074 (stock #1763)
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The sensitive eye for beauty is embodied in this bamboo form of ash blasted clay by Kitaoji Rosanjin enclosed in the original signed wooden box. To be honest very little need be said about this piece, it is a quintessential work by one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, and the photographs speak for themselves. The vessel is 26.5 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall, 10.5 cm (4 inches) diameter and in perfect condition.
Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) They say adversity ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1448955 (stock #1761)
Not to save the best for last, but this piece by Nagae Shigekazu is simply breathtaking. The pattern of light and dark squares which drives direct lines across the distended quadrilateral form hails images of the Ichimatsu-moyo pattern at the Katsura Rikyu imperial palace. The lyrical curves of the vessel itself are in sharp contrast to the extreme precision of the patterns, creating a unique dialog between viewer and viewed. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Chokutai...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1448696 (stock #1760)
A striking work covered in granulated geometric patterns by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shikakkei no Katachi (Quadrilateral Form). The form is elastic, warped as if it is stretching after a deep sleep. This contrasts with the concise lines of the decorating pattern, creating an interesting dialog between man’s strive for perfection and order verses the freedom of the natural world. As they say, there are no straight lines in nature. The vessel is 35 c...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1448554 (stock #1759)
There is something ancient about the trumpeting rim reminiscent of pre medieval or even continental forms on this voluminous bottle by Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Tsubo. The austere terracotta clay is decorated only by the flames and ash blowing past it in the inferno. Fine granules of feldspar burst from the sunburned surface. The vase is 37.5 cm (15 inches) tall, 24.5 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Otani Shiro was born in ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1448439 (stock #1758)
A rustic bottle form ichirin-sashi vase covered in ash glaze by Otani Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Hanaire. Front and back are quite apparent, with the fire side blasted by ash, while a distinct line can be drawn between it and the raw terracotta clay of the back shadows like ghotst of the pots around it burnt into the sides. It is 26.8 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall, 10 cm (4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Otani Shiro was born in Shigaraki in...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1448366 (stock #1756)
A glazed cylinder with everted rim on three scrolling legs reminiscent of archaic forms by Kawai Kanjiro with an expertly crafted heavy solid-silver lid pierced with flowers and bamboo enclosed in a double wood box annotated by his wife Kawai Tsune. The pot, with its ritualistic flavor and clear finger marks swirling up the side exerting a powerful sense of the hands that made it, contrasts distinctly with the precision and delicacy of the thick silver lid creating an interesting dialog between...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1449598 (stock #1772)
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An Amazing Shigaraki flattened form with offset neck covered in pools of liquid green crystal and dark encrustations of ash by Furutani Hirofumi, head of the Churoku-en. This piece truly shows the best of what Shigaraki has to offer, in the exposed raw terracotta clay, the molten ash glaze, the Hi-iro color of flame, and the build up of dark ash deposits. Every viewing angle is unique. This flattened form has been made by separating two slabs with a band of clay which has had feet and a wheel...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1449540 (stock #1771)
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Wow I need that! is all I could say the first time I saw this piece by Furutani Taketoshi while visiting the Churokuen Kiln early this year. The tendrils of natural ash glaze wrap around the simplified form like the roots of some ancient Shinboku (God Tree). It is unpretentious, but stands out clearly as a masterpiece by this very talented young potter. It comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shigaraki Shizen Yu Yohen Hanaire (Shigaraki Natural Ash Glazed Kiln Altered Vase)...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1449432 (stock #1769)
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Large Leafed Vines are silhouetted against age darkened silver on this striking covered basin by Banura Shiro enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A segment of vine serves as a handle on the lid and it appears to float above the table on three ribbon feet. It is 25 cm (10 inches) diameter, 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Banura Shiro (1941-2001) was born the fourth son of influential Lacquer Artist Banura Shogo. His sensitivity to textures may stem from that exa...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1449222 (stock #1766)
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Iridescent red and a burst of gaseous gold cloud like some fantastical deep space event unfolds on the dark surface of this wan-gata (bowl shaped) black Raku guinomi by Hashimoto Tomonari enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Raku-yaki Yohen Guinomi (Kiln Altered Raku sake cup. This completes the phrase: The Universe in the palm of your hand. I have had several bowls by Tomonari, known for his colored effects and this is unparalleled. It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 10.5 cm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1449179 (stock #1764)
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A blue whirlpool spirals in the bowl of this perfectly formed celadon cup by Yagi Akira enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 2-3/4 inches (7 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in Kyoto in 1955, son of Avant-garde Yagi Kazuo (1918-1979) one of the founding members of Sodeisha. Akira was voted one of the 20 most important living artists by Honoho, Japans premier printed ceramic forum. W...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1449178 (stock #1765)
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A stylish celadon funnel for filling Tokkuri or making cocktails by Yagi Akira enclosed in the original compartmentalized signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Roto (Celadon Funnel). It comes with the original artist made notched wood stand. Functional of course, it also makes for a beautiful object on the stand. It is 19 cm long (7-1/2 inches), 12.7 cm (5 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
This name is a must have in any collection of modern Japanese Pottery. Akira was born in K...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1448881 (stock #1442)
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A breathtaking white form of draped porcelain by Nagae Shigekazu enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled: Kieta Katachi (The Form Dissapeared). From a distance light patterns are almost indiscernible on the surface, however appear incredibly detailed and crisp when viewed close-up. What is surprising about this work is the weight, incredibly light. The piece measures 16 x 16 x 5 inches (41 x 41 x 12 cm) and is in excellent condition. Due to fragility this it will require special shippi...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1448397 (stock #1757)
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A tall covered box of coiled clay by Kyoto Legend Miyashita Zenji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ransaihako. The box has been created with spaghetti like strands of pure white clay compressed together and splashed with a waterfall of blue glaze. A rare and interesting work by this artist, it is 12.5 x 12.5 x 27 cm (5 x 5 x 11 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Miyashita Zenji (1939-2012) was born into the family of potter Miyashita Zenju, and graduated the Kyoto ...