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Otani Shiro (1936-) - Sake Flask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1980   item# 1147409 (stock# 1774)

Otani Shiro (1936-) - Sake Flask
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$1350.00 incl shipping 

Otani Shiro (1936-) - Sake Flask
Glazed ceramic (Shigaraki)
H: 13.2 cm (5 1/4 in) / D: 9 cm (3 1/2 in)

Otani Shiro studied with the Hibachi decorator Morioka, as the last of the old man's students and then worked for five years as a decorator of Hibachi on his own. Through Kumakura Junkichi's (1920-1985) introduction he was accepted at the Kyoto Ceramic Research Institute. In 1957 Otani came back from Kyoto and settled in Shigaraki, where he studied under Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004) a Living National Treasure. In 1972 finally he bought land in Kinose and built a house and a workshop with a wood burning kiln. In 1977 elected a permanent member of the Japan Traditional Handcrafts Association (Nihon Dento Kogei Kai). Otani Shiro was a member of the organising committee of the Shigaraki World Pottery Festival in 1989. In 1990 designated as an intangible cultural asset of Shigaraki.
Up until the mid-1970s his efforts were completely focussed on producing classic Shigaraki style works. However, in the ensuing period he increasingly sensed the necissity to develop his own handwriting as a potter. Imoprtant in thes context was the year spent at the Arrowmont Shool for Arts and Crafts at the University of Tennessee in 1980/81, where he built and fired his own Japanese style one-chamber kiln (anagama). (Schulenburg 2005, p.169)
Otani has taught and worked as an artist-in-residence at institutions throughout the world, including Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts at the Univesity of Tennesee (see above), New York State University, West Georgia College, and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.

Collections:
Cleveland Museum of Art
Fogg Museum at Harvard University
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Museum of Art in Atlanta
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Original box with inscription: Shigaraki sake bottle (shigaraki tokkuri), signed and sealed by Otani Shiro



Wooden Sliding doors (Sugido), pair

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Wood: Pre 1960   item# 1095595 (stock# 832)

Wooden Sliding doors (Sugido), pair
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$800 

Sliding doors, pair of
Origin: Japan
Period: 20th century
Material: Color on wood
Size: H: 200.5cm; L: 92.5cm (each)



Lacquer Tray

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1970   item# 938106 (stock# 771)

Lacquer Tray
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$200, free shipping 

Tray
Japan, 20th century (c. 1960/70)
Lacquer (Wakasanuri)
H: 2.6 cm (1 inch), L: 35.5 cm (14 inch), D: 32.5 cm (12 4/5 inch)
This stunning Japanese tea tray displays the typical mottled orange, gold and black lacquer technique known as Wakasa-nuri.
The top and sides of the tray are beautifully decorated with wakasa-nuri lacquer. The base is finished with rich black roiro-nuri lacquer, a technique wherein the highest quality black urushi lacquer is applied and polished in several layers.
Wakasa was a provincial lacquer center which developed its own technique. In Wakasa-nuri, layers of different colored lacquers (predominantly brown, yellow-gold and orange) were applied to a ground deliberately rendered uneven by applying a paste, such as egg white or chalk, or by the addition of small pieces of egg shell, rice chaff, etc. Very thin gold or silver foil was then pressed so firmly into this “relief” that it fit the uneven surface like a skin. Then a coating of transparent lacquer was applied and, after it had hardened, everything was polished down to form a smooth surface. As a result, a mottled effect was created as the layers of colored lacquer under the gold foil reappeared in places to produce rather unusual patterns. The underlying gold leaf is responsible for the overall brown-gold nashiji-like effect.

Condition is perfect, minor wear.



Fan Painting, Persimmon Branch

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Paintings: Pre 1960   item# 937813 (stock# 956)

Fan Painting, Persimmon Branch
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$590, free shipping 

Fan Painting - Persimmon Branch - matted
Japan, 20th century
Ink and color on paper
With archival quality, acid-free mat
H: 23 cm (8 3/4 inch), W: 51.5 cm (19 1/3 inch)



Fan Painting "Grapes and Bird" by Actor Cheng Yanqiu

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Paintings: Pre 1950   item# 937811 (stock# 950)

Fan Painting "Grapes and Bird" by Actor Cheng Yanqiu
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$230, free shipping 

Fan Painting "Grapes and Bird" by Actor Cheng Yanqiu
China, 20th century - dated 1948
Color on paper
With archival quality, acid-free mat
H: 24.3 cm (9 3/5 inch), W: 53.8 cm (21 1/8 inch)
With inscription, signed and sealed (Actor Cheng Yanqiu, 1904-1958).



Two panel screen, by Yamauchi Issei, born 1929

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Furniture: Pre 1980   item# 892904 (stock# 1510)

Two panel screen, by Yamauchi Issei, born 1929
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$790, free shipping 

Yamauchi Issei, born 1929
Japan, Showa period, 20th century
Folding screen, two panels, Furosaki Byobu
Paper on paper
H: 28 1/3 inch, W: 70 4/5 inch (total width)

Yamauchi Issei, Living National Treasure (Obara dyied paper work) born in Aichi. Issei excels in paper art. Was first aprentice with Fujii Tatsukichi (1881-1964) in 1948. From 1953 on he exhibited repeatedly at the Nitten, for which he was also invited to serve as a juror several times. Among Yamauchi Issei's commissions: 1958 gift to Douglas MacArthur (1957-1997), Ambassador to Japan 1957-1961, commissioned by the government of Aichi prefecture. 1962 gift to Edwin O.Reischauer (1910-1990), US-Ambassador to Japan 1961-1966; commissioned by the government of Aichi prefecture. 1970 gift to Armin H. Meyer (born 1914), US Ambassador to Japan 1969-72; commissioned by Toyota Motor Corporation. 1979 Gift to the Emperor of Japan; commissioned by the government of Aichi prefecture. Among the prizes awarded to Issei Yamauchi: the Gold Prize at the 1965 Nitten, the Ministry of Education New Crafts Prize in 1984, and in 1997 the Prime Minister's Prize.



Black Raku, lid stand, Futaoki, by Ogawa Choraku

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Tea Articles: Pre 1980   item# 891212 (stock# 1844)

Black Raku, lid stand, Futaoki, by Ogawa Choraku
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$390, free shipping 

Ogawa Choraku (1912-1991)
Japan, Showa period, 20th century
Glazed ceramic, black Raku
H: 2 1/4 inch, D: 2 1/3 inch

Original box, Tomobako



Egoist, by Inui Tai, born 1929

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1980   item# 890440 (stock# 1442)

Egoist, by Inui Tai, born 1929
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$240, free shipping 

Inui Tai, born 1929
Japan, Showa period, 20th century
Wood block print on paper
H: 10 2/3 inch, W: 9 2/3 inch (print size)
H: 12 1/5 inch, W: 12 1/4 inch (paper size)

Sealed "Inui"

The poem by Kino Toyokawa reads:
You are not willing to see me,
and so, say "later" Egoist,
I know, you are. You might as well
flatly refuse my hoped-for tryst.

Manyoshu VIII, 1503
Translation by H.H.Honda



Fischerman's ship, by Inui Tai, born 1929

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1980   item# 890438 (stock# 1441)

Fischerman's ship, by Inui Tai, born 1929
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$240, free shipping 

Inui Tai, born 1929
Japan, Showa period, 20th century
Wood block print on paper
H: 10 2/3 inch, W: 9 2/3 inch (print size)
H: 12 2/3 inch, W: 12 inch (paper size)

Sealed "Inui"

The poem by Yamabe no Akahito reads:
From Nawa Cove we see the distant isle,
and rowing in the foreground is a ship.
Whose ship? Perhaps some fisherman's.

Manyoshu III, 357
Tanslation by H.H.Honda



Wood block print by Inui Tai, born 1929

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1980   item# 890436 (stock# 1440)

Wood block print by Inui Tai, born 1929
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Jim Knopf, Yokohama



$240, free shipping 

Inui Tai, born 1929
Rowing
Wood block print on paper
H: 10 2/3 inch, W: 9 1/2 inch (print size)
H: 13 inch, W: 12 1/3 inch (paper size)

Sealed "Inui"

The poem reads:
Rowing, rowing out into the raging sea,
I still retain before me
the lustre of her eyes.

Manyoshu VII, 1266


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