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All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1208010 (stock #C026)
Chanoyu Gallery
$6000.00
Yasuhara Kimei (Yoshiaki-1906-1980) was one of most avant-garde Japanese ceramic artists of the 20th century. Since being noticed in 1930s by Teshigahara Sofu (1900-1979), founder of Sogetsu School of Ikebana, majority of his production were Ikebana vessels. This piece was made for 5th Nitten (held in 1949), and is published in 16th Volume of History of Nitten (Nittenshi), p. 390, piece number 284 (book is not included- but photocopies or relevant pages are included). This piece is one of few ceramic pieces illustrated (out of few hundred exhibited)! Box is inscribed by Kimei that it was made for and exhibited at 1949 Nitten. Yasuhara Kimei work is in the Tokyo National Museum of Art, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo National Museum of Contemporary art and many works in the Sogetsu Museum of Art, Art Gallery of NSW, Australia and Auckland Art Gallery among others. Yasuhara was based in Tokyo and he was a major contributor to Nitten. This piece is made for use in Ikebana. Piece is in perfect condition, one tiny kiln flaw on the design; piece is 8 3/8” (21.2 cm) tall and 10 7/8” (27 cm) in diameter, stamped on base, original signed box (aging to the box).
All Items : Artists : Prints : Pre 1990 item #1198212 (stock #P005)
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$325.00
Kogo made of lacquered wood, made by workshop of Nakamura Sōtetsu (not the person itself). Well known craftsmen in Japan would have a whole studio, and this would be a part of a large order, workshop production made it possible, and not prohibitively expensive. Kogo was most likely made for one of Omotesenke Conventions, most likely in 1980s or 1990s. Made of light weight wood. Character for Jyu (longevity 寿) is on top, kakihan (handwritten cipher) of Omotesenke 14th Iemoto Sōsa Jimyōsai on the inside of lid. Perfect condition, workshop signed box, workshop seal on the bottom of the kogo. Size: 1 1/16” (2.6 cm) high, 2 5/8” (6.7 cm) wide, 3” (7.6 cm) long. If you need more information, please contact me.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1198210 (stock #C025)
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$525.00
Rare 13th Omotesenke Iemoto Mujin Sōsa (1901-1979) Sokuchūsai Signed Box Thai Benni Annan Kogo This is an extremely rare Thai (Benni Annan) kogo in a box signed by 13th Iemoto of Omotesenke, Mujin Sōsa (1901-1979) [Sokuchūsai]. Kogo is probably 18th century, box was signed in 1960s or 1970s. The custom of writing on the boxes of important tea utensils is an old one, and such utensils are highly treasured. Kogo is made of porcelain like glazed clay with an enamel decoration depicting a red lion. Using Southeast Asian ceramics in tea ceremonies was always desired, and this is a perfect example. My guess is that this piece was brought to Japan in the 20th century, after which the box was authenticated/signed by Mujin Sōsa. Condition: Minor loss of enamel, few hairline cracks, two places of possible chips (places are smooth, it may have been sanded to perfection, or it was an imperfection from firing- I am really not sure). Small damage on the inside of the lid- at the Sokuchūsai’s kakihan (kogo was not packed properly, and enamel rubbed against the box). Size: 7/8” (2.3 cm) high, 2 3/16” (5.5 cm) wide, 1 5/8” (4.1 cm) long. Box is tied with yellow ribbon, which is the choice color for Omotesenke School of tea. If you need more information, please contact me.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1190729 (stock #C024)
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$695.00
Extremely rare porcelain Chinese style porcelain vase made by Katō Minoru (b. 1932), well known Kyoto potter, often associated with Zen priests. The vase is inscribed Yūshin (遊心  Desire to Have a Good Time). Probably not an obvious choice by a Zen priest, but Inaba was well know for his good natured humor. Inaba Shinden (1906-1986) entered priesthood in 1920 and had studied Zen under Taiko Yamazaki and Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945). He was the abbot of Jisai-in, sub-temple of Tenryu-ji in Kyoto from 1940 until he was elected to be the abbot of Kokutai-ji and head of Kokutai-ji sect of Rinzai Buddhism in 1968. He held the position for the rest of his life. Piece dates from early 1970s and is 9 1/8” (23.2cm) tall, 3 3/8” (8.6 cm) wide and 3 1/2” (9 cm) long. It is enclosed in original box signed by Inaba Shinden. Piece is in perfect condition. For more information on Inaba Shinden and Kato Minoru, see Dujin, Veljko: Zenmi – A Taste of Zen: Paintings Calligraphy and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection, Morikami Museum, 2011.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1190728 (stock #P003)
Chanoyu Gallery
$55.00
6 issues of Tōsetsu (12, 13, 15 from 1954; 240, 242 from 1973 and 260 from 1974). Great scholarly resource, early issues are very hard to find in Japan. B/W photos, articles on Japanese, Chinese, Korean and world ceramics. If interested, please email me for more detailed content. Water damage to older issues, some with foxing, all with minor damage to spine and age discoloration.
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Writing Instruments : Desk Articles : Pre 2000 item #1190727 (stock #M001)
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$175.00
Ikeda Masuo (1934-1997) was one of the best known Japanese print makers in the world. He also produced ceramics, bronzes, and was the author of many best selling and award winning books. This piece was made after his design, box is silkscreened with his signature, not handwritten. His pieces are increasingly more difficult to obtain. Dates to early 1990s. Dimensions:1” (2.6cm) tall,3 1/4” (8.3 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #1190726 (stock #C023)
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$95.00
Unusual summer (Hira Jawan) tea bowl painted by Gyokuzen, depicting a painitng of a Horse. Appears to be from the Meiji Period, c. 1900. Good condition, few chips on the rim, deposits of tea on the inside. Low fired earthenware, probably made in the Raku style in Kyoto. Dimensions:2 1/4” (5.6 cm) tall, 6 1/8” (15.5 cm) in diameter. Enclosed in wooden box.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #1190725 (stock #C022)
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$120.00
Teiichi Oketani (b. 1935) is one of the most productive Seto potters. Bunrin Chaire, perfect condition, enclosed in original signed box and with silk shifuku. Piece is from early 1990s. Lid is resin, with gold leaf on the underside. Dimensions: 2” (5.3cm) tall,3 1/4” (8.6 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1970 item #1190724 (stock #C021)
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$85.00
Raku tea bowl by Yoshimura Rakunyu I or II (second was born in 1929 and passed away in 1989). Good two toned glazed bowl, few small chips on the rim. Probably from 1950s. Enclosed in annotated (not artist signed) paulownia box. Dimensions: 2 7/8” (7.3cm) tall, 4 5/8” (11.5 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1190723 (stock #C020)
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$225.00
Suzuki Seiji (1946 - 1999) was the younger son of Suzuki Seisei (1914-1990), famous Nitten winning potter who revolutionized Seto. Seiji, like his brother Norifumi, studied under his father, and was a frequent exhibitor at Nitten and other ceramic exhibitions. Pot (Tsubo) could be used as a vase in a tea ceremony. This piece dates from mid 1970s. Dimensions: 7 1/4” (20.4cm) tall,3 3/4” (9.9 cm) in diameter. It is enclosed in the original signed box with artist’s biography (in Japanese). For more information on Seto, see Finest Ceramics in Seto, Seto City Museum, 2005.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 2000 item #1190722 (stock #C019)
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$145.00
Suzuki Norifumi (1940 - 2007) was the elder son of Suzuki Seisei (1914-1990), famous Nitten winning potter who revolutionized Seto. Norifumi studied under his father, and was a frequent exhibitor at Nitten and other ceramic exhibitions. Pot (Tsubo) could be used as a small vase in a tea ceremony. This piece dates from the early 1990s. Dimensions: 5 1/2” (14.4cm) tall,3 1/4” (8.5 cm) wide and 2 1/2” (6.3 cm) long. It is enclosed in the original signed box with artist’s biography (in Japanese) and potter sealed cloth. Perfect condition, tape residue on the box (seen in the photos). For more information on Seto, see Finest Ceramics in Seto, Seto City Museum, 2005.
All Items : Fine Art : Prints : Pre 1970 item #1185558 (stock #P002)
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Kusaka Kenji (b. 1936) is one of the greatest Sosaku Hanga Artists. Abstract minimalist, he established his career at all major print biennale exhibits (Ljubljana, Tokyo, Sao Paola, and winning awards). A regular at CWAJ. The print is very large, paper is 35 1/8” x 24 7/16”, image 30 ¾” x 21 3/8”. Proponent of small editions, his prints are very scarce! 18/35, minor handling creases, rounded corners, abrasions, all should not be visible, once matted and framed.
All Items : Fine Art : Prints : Pre 1990 item #1185556 (stock #P001)
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Beautiful minimalistic print by Sosaku Hanga great Inoue Kozo (b. 1937) who built his career in Paris (title is in French). Large silkscreen is from 1984, 24/150, in perfect condition, miniscule handling creases and abrasions. Paper (22” x 29 ¾”) image (17 ½” x 25 1/8”). Regular exhibitor at CWAJ and Japan Print Association exhibits, in numerous public collections throughout the world.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pre 1980 item #1185555 (stock #C017)
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$395.00
Murakami Jikai (1901-1985) was a long-term abbot of the large temple complex Rokuon-ji (Temple of the Deer Garden), most commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). Jikai was the abbot of the complex when a mentally ill acolyte burnt the temple to the ground on July 2, 1950. Jikai spearheaded the rebuilding process which was completed in the autumn of 1955. The events of this tragedy were recounted by Yukio Mishima in his acclaimed tale, Kinkaku-ji (The Temple of Golden Pavilion), published in 1956. The lid of this stoneware incense container (kogo), inscribed Rokuon (鹿苑), is a tribute to the famous temple complex. The container was made by Mashimizu Zoroku IV (b. 1933), sealed Zoroku on the bottom. Zoroku is an artist that hails from a family of potters in Kyoto that specialize in tea ceremony utensils. Sadly, Jikai died before the final firing of this piece. The lid of the box is inscribed by Kajitani Sōnin (1914-1995), head of Shōkoku-ji, the temple that oversees Rokuon-ji. Kogo dates from 1985, and is in perfect condition, in potter and Kajitani signed box. Photocopy of explanation in Japanese is included. Height 1” (3 cm), diameter 2 7/16” (6.5 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1185553 (stock #C016)
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Unusual tea caddy (chaire) dates to late Edo or early Meiji Period (c. 1850-1880), enclosed in plain old box (box has damages). This is probably Seto, but I am not certain. Bone lid with golden leaf on the inside. No potters seal present. Perfect condition, unglazed foot soiled. 3 1/8” (8.7 cm) high, 2 7/8” (7.4 cm) in diameter.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1970 item #1182771 (stock #C015)
Chanoyu Gallery
$550.00
Yamamoto Genpō (1866-1961), was one of the most interesting Zen monks of the 20th century. He ended his career at an illustrious post as 632 Myōshin-ji, and 21st head of Myōshin-ji sect of Rinzai Buddhism. Even though he was legally blind for the most of his life, he is considered one of the best Zen calligraphers. Ceramic pieces by him are extremely rare. This one even more, for it has an unusually high foot, which is a sign that it was made for use with very distinguished guest. It is inscribed with a single character Okina (Old man), which becomes visible only after the tea had been drunk. Signed Hannya, an art name of his. Potter seal of Ozeki Sakajūrō V, a potter he sometimes collaborated with. Enclosed in plain period wooden box. 3 3/8” (8.6 cm) high, 4 ¾” (11.9 cm) in diameter. For more about Genpō see Seo, Audrey: The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Masters, Shambhala, 1998 and Dujin, Veljko: Zenmi – A Taste of Zen: Paintings Calligraphy and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection, Morikami Museum, 2011.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1970 item #1182769 (stock #C014)
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$550.00
Kasumi Bunshō (1905-1998) was a long term abbot of Kaisei-ji in Nishinomiya (south of Kyoto) and was elected to be the 642th abbot of Myōshin-ji, and 29th head of Myōshin-ji sect of Rinzai Buddhism. He was a student of Nantenbō and Deiryū. This tea bowl, named “Mushin” (No Mind), is a rare piece. He brushed the single character for moon on the surface of kyo-yaki bowl in red enamel. His kakihan (handwritten seal) is on the bottom of the bowl. There is no potters seal or mark, possibly meaning he himself made it. Box is signed Nanten with his kakihan. This is an early piece, he used Nanten as his signature in the early 1960s. 2 5/8” (6 cm) high, 4 7/8” (12.1 cm) in diameter. For more about Bunshō see Seo, Audrey: The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Masters, Shambhala, 1998 and Dujin, Veljko: Zenmi – A Taste of Zen: Paintings Calligraphy and Ceramics from the Riva Lee Asbell Collection, Morikami Museum, 2011.
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Contemporary item #1182766 (stock #C013)
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$325.00
Yamane Seigan (1952- present) is one of the more interesting Hagi potters.Amongst other things he is a martial arts practitioner,and he is a self taught potter. He is famous for his blue hagi, and various avant-garde forms of hagi. This purse shaped vase was made in 2004, and is part of a small series of purse shaped vases. This piece comes in it's original artist signed box, and with artist biography (in Japanese). 6 ¼” (16.5 cm) high, 4 ¾: (11.9 cm) wide, 4” (10 cm) deep. In perfect condition.