A bakumatsu era (mid 19th century) Shishi Koro of dark red clay covered in a rich green glaze from the Banko kilns in Mie. It is 14 x 24 x 8 cm (9 x 5-1/2 x 3 inches) and is in fine condition but for one clawed toe which has been chipped. This squat style of facial expression was popular from the declining years of the Edo period into the early Meiji, and fits the date of this piece perfectly.
KO KARATSU YOBITSUGI CHAWAN
'Yobitsugi' as Japanese traditional restoration technique using gold-lacquer (kintsugi) for the regeneration of broken object,
applied to compose of the fragments of similar or exactly same type of broken potteries,
proceeded from the creativity of collectors (connoisseurs) who can't afford to get highly valuable completed pieces of initial Karatsu stoneware tea bowls (Ko Karatsu chawan) or etc from the old days until today,
Dating from early-to-mid Edo the shape of this unique Karatsu piece is referred to as a “takadai-zara” in Japanese, or high-footed serving platter. Modeled on similar Korean pieces from the early Joseon Dynasty, the platter was made using coarse, unrefined clay with high iron oxide content. The clay which forms the bowl shows impurities, intentional pitting, and small stones peeking through the clay making for an interesting ceramic landscape...
Drinking ceramic 'tokkuri' flask (specially for‘shochu'Japanese spirits) made from local kiln in Tanegashima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, which produced folksy livingware called Yokino ware and was closed in late Meiji period.
Massive and profound form with impressive simplicity as another scarce mingei folk art piece. Edo-Meiji period. In fine antique condition, with a small chip at spout. approx...
A pair of Chatsubo Tea Jars gifted by the Emperor Meiji to Nakagawa Kenjiro. Each Tsubo is unique, one slightly smaller than the other, both of light clay covered in perfect dark glaze with iron inside and enclosed in individual silk bags in a two compartment Kiri box...
An old Tsutsu-Chawan titled Romatsu (Ancient Pine) covered in dark glaze with swirls of pale green on the front enclosed in a fine old kiri-wood box. Inside the lid is a poem which reads:
Ame kaze ni ikuyo
He nuramu Romatsu no
Arashi wa Tae ni
Koke no hana ha
The Pine stands firm against the wind and the rain, years of storms pass, and the moss flowers blossom… It is signed Kayoko...
Unique and impressive poured white glaze ('kakenagashi') as the highlight.
Originally a container for miso soybean paste or tsukemono pickles, though missing lid.
Essentially a very "Mingei" folk art piece. In fine antique condition, with sign of use as seen.
Blue/Green Karatsu tea bowl called Aogaratsu chawan as an excavation from old kiln-site, which was thrown away by its potter at the time as it's a failure with pottery fragments stuck on in firing. Early Edo period.
But, actually valued its "unique aesthetic" from such failures by the Japanese intellects and connoisseurs from old days, then revalued such excavation as "unintentional beauty" today.
A tri-lobed plate in Gohon glaze decorated with iron clouds and a poem over a tumbling river scratched into the clay enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Clouds and Valleys by potter Eiraku Zengoro and Painter Yamamoto Shunkyo, and likely fired at the pottery of Iwasaki Kenzo. The dish is 11 inches (28 cm) diameter and in excellent condition...
Shigaraki is the famous tea producing area in Japan, so this type of tea storage jar (chatsubo) had been often made and used.
Tasteful expression with wild glaze-dripping in profound presence, with "usual" damage at mouth part for the Shigaraki chatsubo, with uncertain reason, though very often seen such phenomenon in fact.
In fine antique condition, with such scenic damage and a crack (30cm) from the mouth as seen...
Simple type water jar (kame) used by the ordinary people as mingei folk Bizen stoneware piece.
In very fine used condition for this type, with expected minor flaws, chips, glaze-exfoliations, and etc.
KO TAMBA TSUBO
Primitive and impressive Ko Tamba (Old Tamba stoneware) jar, ca 16th century.
Match well with wildflowers as is. In fine antique condition, with resin-repair at bottom.
Floral motifs and a crane decorate this set of five shallow bowls by Kiyomizu Rokubei IV enclosed in a fine wooden box representing seasonal images. Each is unique, with chrysanthemum, falling maple leaves, Daffodil, azalea, and Peony. Each is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter. The sharp, convex sides rolling into a soft edge at the rim is striking. There is a tiny chip in the rim of the daffodil and crane bowls, and a hairline crack in the maples...
Traces of the artist’s fingers decorate the body of this vase by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi...
A wide hira-jawan decorated with inlaid white slip in the pattern of flowers and rope. The Mishima style of pottery is modeled after much earlier Korean forms—most notably Punch'ŏng. The gold repairs are extensive and skillfully applied, nicely complimenting the pale ash glaze and adding an extra dimension to this lovely work.
This piece is 5.6 inches in diameter (14.3 cm) and stands 2.3 inches tall (5.9 cm)...
An old Nanban hanging flower vase, kakéhana, in its original inscribed box. The vase is in fine undamaged condition and has a good old patina. The inscription literally translates as “Nanban hanging flower vase”. The applied decoration is perhaps a depiction of a Buddhist rosary. 19th century.
Approximately 12.8 cm high.
Please study the photographs.
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GREEN-GLAZED SOMA TOKKURI
Green-glazed Soma ware sake flask (tokkuri) with relief of carp climbing up a waterfall. Edo-Meiji period.
Rare green-glazed Soma piece of representative quality mingei pottery of Tohoku region, which was once highly valued by Soetsu Yanagi,
and some similar pieces are owned by The Japan Folk Crafts Museum in fact.
In fine antique condition as is, with inborn hole by kiln-firing as seen. approx. H 22 cm (8.66in), D 11.5 cm (4....
Exceptionally large size of antique mingei Hirashimizu ware bowl in unique impressive wabi landscape with laudable taste of inborn-flaws and signs of use.
Particularly, the highlight of discolored permeation like "bank of clouds" of monochrome landscape painting (sumi-e).
Magnificent white aesthetic as an object. Again, large, heavy, and calm. approx. D 38 cm (14.96in), H 19 cm (7.48in)
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