â€˜Hoju' (Buddhist precious orb)-fomed â€˜Yakishimeâ€™ (high-fired unglazed stoneware) lidded container, signed with an unidentified potterâ€™s name (â€˜Toboâ€™?) and date of July in Meiji 24 (1891).
approx. H 21cm (8.26in), D 25cm (9.84in)
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A spectacular Naeshirogawa Mimitsuku Tsubo dating from the Edo period, the rich red clay covered in thick splatters of dark glaze. This is one of the pots we picked up in a recent trip through the kiln sites of Kyushu, Japans Southernmost Main Island. The tsubo has been built up with coils of clay, and smoothed with a slightly textured paddle. The olive glaze has then been applied over a resistant surface preparation, causing it to peel back creating the unusual affect...
An exquisite sake cup from the Asakiri kiln of Akashi decorated with a verse and spray of bamboo enclosed in a period wooden box signed by Yamada Takeshi (descendant of Yamada Kikutaro, Edo period founder of the kiln). It is 5 cm (2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition, likely dating from the Meiji period.
Late Meiji Japanese good size ceramic suiteki (water dropper for diluting ink used in painting and calligraphy) that can also serve as a brushrest, modeled as a large and a small pine cones growing together. Clever design, holes on top of cones for filling and dispensing water, very nice depiction of cone texture, brown glaze with gold enamel over it, in excellent condition. Marked with potterâ€™s stamp on the bottom, appears to read SHUNZAN, but I am not entirely sure...
EARLIEST KO-IGA CHAWAN
Considered as a very rare and unusual reference piece of what the earliest tea ceremonial Iga ware (Ko-Iga) was, though still not getting at the root of this matter today,
- as this piece would be an earliest Iga chawan made during the transitional time from everyday ware to tea ceremonial ware in Momoyama period,
which is an unusually experimental hybrid work based on the make of supernatural biscuit firing ware as 'Yamajawan' (Yama-Chawa...
A Pottery Mizusashi by Suwa Sozan I decorated with iris by Zen Priest Hashimoto Dokuzan and enclosed in a wooden box signed by both Sozan and Zen Priest Takeda Mokurai. It comes complete with the original fired lid as well as a black lacquered Kae-buta lid for other occasions. It is 7-1/2 inches (18.5 cm) tall, 5-1/2 inches (14.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition...
GREEN-GLAZED LARGE INCENSE BURNER
Considered as a work of Kenzan The 2nd by analyzing the handwriting of signature at the bottom, though no attached wood box (tomobako) unfortunately.
Simple and sophisticated Kyoto ware (Kyoyaki) incense burner of Edo period. Repair at the edge. approx...
A black-eyed shrimp scoots along the sandy body of this large vase by Miyagawa Kozan capped with a crystalline green fissured glaze cascading from the rim. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) tall 9-1/2inches (24 cm) diameter and is in fine condition. It is stamped on the base Makuzu. For a nearly identical piece see the book Makuzu Kozan Ten (1986) figure 61...
'Muji-Karatsu' (Plain-Karatsu) type with 'makie' gold restoration (kin-naoshi, kintsugi), and vibrant and lively 'Hakeme' (Brush-stroke glazed) type. Edo period in 17-18th century.
Restorations at each. Muji-Karatsu - approx. D 11-9.3cm (4.33-3.66in), H 7cm (2.75in) / Hakeme - approx...
A large dark-glazed Boat-shaped flower vessel with a black lacquered insert made for Ikebana flower arranging enclosed in an old custom wooden box titled Oki-bune. It is 48 x 20 x 9 cm and is in fine condition, likely dating from the Meiji period.
Initial Tokoname-made biscuit firing ware bowl called 'Yamajawan' (Yama-Chawan / lit. 'Mountain tea bowl') ...
Iris in dark iron decorate the crackled pale glaze of this Edo period platter featuring striking gold repairs and enclosed in a custom made period wooden box of thick kiri wood titled E-Seto Sara. The quality of the gold and repairs is singular in execution. That of a very skilled craftsman. The gold shimmers softly in tiny chips and dings around the rim, and in one corner a dollop of Oribe Green grows like moss on the rim, a hint of spring in the air. The dish is 9-1/4 (23.5 cm) square.
TOKONAME BOWL (LID OF BURIED JAR)
Once the Japanese aristocracy despaired of the turbulent times of Late Heian - Kamakura period in 12-13th century, then buried Buddhist scriptures into ground with wishing the blessing of Buddha.
This piece was originally made as a lid of such 'Kyozuka-tsubo' (Buried jar containing Buddhist scriptures) of Kamakura period as used for...
JAR WITH AVANT-GARDE GLAZING
Old pottery jar from Kyushu region where some unique pottery wares were made by Korean potters living in. Edo period, circa 18-19th century.
Unprecedentedly a unique and dynamic piece, though somehow similar to the glazing of Shodai ware or Agano ware. Attached with wooden box. approx...
Japanese high-fired Bizen ware mizusashi water jar, Edo-Meiji period in 19th century.
Simple and modest, with dignity as the one made for use of tea ceremony.
In fine antique condition as is, with chips at mouth-edge and inborn kiln-flaws as seen.
Japanese high-fired Bizen stoneware jar with impressive unglazed reddish texture. Momoyama - Early Edo period, 17th century.
Simple and modest jar, but quite a wild presence as itself. In fine antique condition as is, with expected "scenic" inborn kiln-flaws as seen...
Japanese Shigaraki ware jar splashed with plentiful glaze, Momoyama - Early Edo period, 17th century.
Dramatic dripped-down dark green glaze as another highlight. In fine antique condition as is, with inborn kiln-flaws (and stuck pottery-fragment).
approx. H 33.5cm (13.18in), D 25.5cm (10.03in)
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Brushpot made of stone ware with decoration in green, brown and cream colored glazes and engraving of lotus flowers and leaves and the character fuku (good fortune). White glaze with beautiful fine crackle. Impressed seal in bottom: Yutoku. Kyoto ware, Kyo-yaki. Japan, Edo period, 19th century.
H 4-5/8 x Diam 3Â¼ inches
Tiny glaze chip on rim, firing flaw inside, from which springs a hair crack. All within the acceptable minor traces of usage