Fine Japanese art and tea implements
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1357134 (stock #TRC1666)
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When the founder of the Urasenke style of tea ceremony, Sen-So Soshitsu (1622 -1697) was invited to Kanazawa as the lord of the tea ceremony for the powerful Kaga lords in 1666, the first Chozaemon came with him and established Ohi-yaki ware in Kanazawa. Chozaemon had been the chief apprentice for the Raku family in Kyoto and took with him many of the principles and ideas associated with Raku-ware...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1330043 (stock #TRC1665)
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Based on a classical tale adapted into a popular Kabuki performance in late Edo, the story of the Fuji Musume or “Wisteria Maiden” is an often employed motif in Japanese art. In the story, the Wisteria Maiden is depicted in a painting holding a wisteria branch, until one day she becomes smitten with a young man passing by and steps out of the painting in an effort to capture his attention. Unfortunately, her attempts are futile...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1356782 (stock #TRC1663)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,375.00
This Hirado-yaki brush-rest—fashioned for the scholars desk of a bygone era—features meticulously sculpted plum blossoms set in a porcelain reproduction of a knotted plum branch. Hirado wares—alternately known as Mikawachi wares in some contexts—are known throughout Japan and also abroad for their high quality and fine craftsmanship and date back at least as far as the mid-18th century when they were produced exclusively for powerful lords and their families...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1356331 (stock #TRC1662)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$895.00
This piece features a warm golden crackled glaze with several patches of lighter pigmentation and a number of gold and silver repairs. The inside of the bowl is especially inviting, showing a magnificent patina developed over many decades of use...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1356259 (stock #TRC1661)
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The jet-black glaze of this cha-ire (tea caddy) nicely highlights the Chrysanthemum flowers (Kiku) adorning the upper surface—long considered auspicious symbols of longevity and rejuvenation in Japan. When first introduced to the island nation during the Nara period (710 – 793 AC), the Japanese Royal Family was fascinated with the Chrysanthemum. Over time, it became the Imperial Family Emblem and during certain eras was generally forbidden to be used by the general public...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1353629 (stock #TRC1660)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,750.00
Signed by the 13th Iemoto (tea master) of Omotesenke, Sokuchusai (1901-1979) this exceptional tea bowl bears the poetic name Asahi or “Morning Sun.” Brilliant ochre and ash hues highlight molten swirls and dynamic features. This bowl has exceptional keshiki, or “ceramic landscape.“

Bizen’s distinctive and easily recognizable style originated in Okayama (south-western Japan) and has a long history...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1356081 (stock #TRC16589)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$735.00
This remarkable hira tea bowl displays a subtle grace and refined elegance grounded in classic form, masterfully applied glazing, and a delightful rustic feel bestowed by the hand of time. Though the glazing is described as shiro-yu, or white glazing, it appears more of a creamy shade of beige...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301259 (stock #TRC1656)
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This playful image of a Japanese raccoon dog (tanuki) enjoying a flask of saké was done by one of the most renowned and loved waka poets of the 19th century, Ōtagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875).

Born into a Samurai family but soon after adopted by the Ōtagaki family, from the age of seven to sixteen Rengetsu was a lady in waiting at Kameoka castle where she was trained in the arts and courtly graces...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1355987 (stock #TRC1655)
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Surely an extraordinary confluence of circumstances must have come into alignment in order to bring this remarkable composition into existence. Done in the Korai style—referring to the heavy influence from Korean forms and glazing—this exquisite Edo period Karatsu-ware tea bowl features a white stripe running horizontally along the outer surface of the bowl known as Hakeme...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1700 item #1355916 (stock #TRC1653)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,350.00
A very interesting chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Korean Joseon period (Richo in Japanese; 1392-1897). This particular piece appears to date from the 15th/ 16th century and comes with what may be the original box and a quite old silk pouch. The light creamy crackled glaze is smooth in the hand and fine hairline fractures radiating along the walls of the bowl show remnants of gold repairs from previous centuries...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1355808 (stock #TRC1651)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,875.00
Here in Kyoto our gallery is located along the Kamo River in a district known as Shobu-en Machi, which roughly translates as “Iris Town.” As you can imagine, the scene depicted in this painting of irises and cranes is one that can be commonly witnessed in our neighborhood in the spring (May) when these flowers are in full bloom...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1800 item #1355594 (stock #TRC1649)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$525.00
This antique Seto piece features a warm matte ash glaze with several patches of darker and lighter pigmentation. The molded clay shows striations that resemble textured wood grains—highlighted by a soft patina developed over many decades of use.

Seto is a pottery tradition established in the 12th century with the aim of reproducing fine Chinese porcelain and tenmoku-style chawan—which were hard to come by in Japan at the time...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1355519 (stock #TRC1647)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$685.00
An excellent example of Japanese rustic charm that transcends its humble origins to embody a refined artistic work, this mizusashi, or fresh water pot used in tea ceremony, displays a beautiful natural ash glaze that includes dazzling ochres, browns, grays, and yellows splashed across the intentionally rough and contoured ceramic landscape.

Iga-ware pottery dates back to 7th and 8th century and—like so many other pottery styles in Japan—takes its name from the region where it wa...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1353636 (stock #TRC1646)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$675.00
Named for a place of stunning natural beauty in Oita Prefecture—from which this potting tradition arose—Yabakei-wares are the creation of Yoshimura Saraku, a famed tea master of the Urasenke school.

This lovely hira tea bowl is fashioned of rough clay which is exposed at the kodai (foot). A dazzling splash of blue covers one edge of the inside of the bowl, contrasting nicely with the tan background...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1492 item #1353242 (stock #TRC1645)
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The gray-blue celadon displays finely crackled glazing with areas slightly darkened by time. A faint pattern made of white inlay can be seen along the upper rim, complimented in several areas by antique kintsugi repairs. The maki-e gold repair at the base—with its design of half waves and half flowering vines—though quite old, seem not quite so old as the repairs along the rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1352391 (stock #TRC1642)
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This generously proportioned chawan (13.5cm in diameter) shows nice age, especially around the kodai, and likely dates from early Edo (several hundred years old). The base is unglazed showing the molded clay, contrasting nicely with the jet black glaze which displays a slight purplish hue when held to the light. The soft sheen of the Raku glaze overlying rippled and shaved clay gives this bowl a distinct presence.

A tradition dating from the mid-16th century, Raku teabowls are made...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1351399 (stock #TRC1640)
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A pottery tradition that harkens from the Mino region of Japan, Shino-yaki dates from the Azuchi Momoyama period. It came into fashion when first commissioned by renowned Muromachi cha-jin (tea masters) Shino Soushin. This is thought to be the first type of pottery in Japan to feature drawn paintings on the ceramic surface.

This attractive e-Shino bowl (“e” meaning picture) bears an abstract motif on a background of white feldspar. The exquisite shape, glaze, and painting of the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1800 item #1351398 (stock #TRC1639)
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A beautiful and delicate white porcelain composition with low-relief molded seashell design lining the inside. The overall condition of the bowl and several oxidation marks on the bottom suggest considerable age—at least several hundred years. The box lid bears the character “定” which can be translated as “truth” or “certainty.” The origin of this piece is unknown, though the previous owner regarded it as Chinese (Northern Song). Skillfully applied gold repairs give this sub...