Fine Japanese art and tea implements
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1970 item #1347600 (stock #TRC1634)
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Wood fired Mino-ware with a deep and expressive iron glaze, this tea bowl is a delight to hold in the hand.

A native of Aichi Prefecture, the potter Kajiura Soshyu was born in 1916 and studied under Hayashi Sekko and Kimura Giichi. A multitalented artist, he is also rumored to have worked in painting and calligraphy...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1346756 (stock #TRC1633)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$375.00
Exquisite glazing featuring a gradation that seems a product of both firing conditions and careful nurture by the artist. This piece displays a wonderful balance and nice sense of three-dimensionality.

In fine condition, this tea bowl measures 4.7 inches in diameter (11.8cm) and stands 3.3 inches tall (8.2cm). The bowl comes with its own wood box with poetic name "朝日" (Asahi) inscribed on the inside cover.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1344413 (stock #TRC1630)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$575.00
The natural ash glaze gradates from a light-glossy grey on one side to a blueish grey on the other. The foot of the bowl is unglazed at the base and shows traces of ferrous-rich clay in the form of an orangish hue. The mouth of the piece is somewhat oblong giving it an attractive shape and the rough texture and ash deposits in places give this bowl a weighty presence...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1950 item #1341488 (stock #TRC1627)
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A lovely Shino tea bowl fashioned from coarse, iron-rich Mino clay and covered in feldspar glazing. The crackled glazing along with the elongated kutsugata shape (shoe shape) are very typical of this type of Shino-ware and these elements compliment each other nicely...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1337694 (stock #TRC1626)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$135.00
Representing the culmination of over 1,000 years of Shigaraki potting tradition, this bold guinomi with rough exterior and natural ash glazing was produced by well-known and admired potter Takahashi Rakusai

Born Mitsunosuke, the eldest son of Takahashi Rakusai III, the fourth Rakusai potter succeeded the family name in 1976 with his father’s passing...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1335430 (stock #TRC1624)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$375.00
A lovely Shino tea bowl fashioned from coarse Mino clay and covered in a crackled feldspar glazing. The front and sides of the bowl are decorated with paintings of abstract foliage resembling Iris leaves and the base of the bowl is unglazed, displaying rough clay...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1331906 (stock #TRC1611)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$875.00
A wonderful translucent blue celadon vase decorated with a low-relief vine and grape motif. This piece was made by one of the few great female Japanese potters of the 20th century—Suwa Sozan II, daughter of Meiji Imperial Court Artist Sozan I.

Suwa Sozan I (1852—1922) was born in an area of what is known today as Ishikawa prefecture. After a short stint in the military he took up pottery design and painting under Touda Tokuji in 1873...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1329629 (stock #TRC1604)
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The creator of this lovely Hagi chawan, Hirose Tanga (b. 1939) is the master-potter of Tenpozan kiln in the city of Hagi. When I acquired this piece I thought it reminded me of bowls produced by Yoshida Shuen (apprenticed under NLT Miwa Kyusetsu). As it turns out, Yoshida worked alongside Hirose in establishing Tenpozan and in training young potters in the art of “oni” Hagi which utilizes a rough textured clay and a milky translucent glaze (like the bowl shown here)...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1322548 (stock #TRC1602)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$375.00
Like many pottery traditions in Japan, Karatsu takes its name from the city where it originated. As early as the 15th century, Korean potters heavily influenced the development of this form—helping to endow it with the earthy, simple, and natural qualities it is so appreciated for...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1970 item #1316789 (stock #TRC1575)
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This striking chawan is a fine example of Oni Shino (carbon trap and natural ash glazing) that Tsukigata is so well-known for. Coining the term in the mid-50’s after countless failed experiments—which ultimately culminated in the discovery of this unique style of pottery—“Oni” translates roughly to demon or ogre...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1312576 (stock #TRC1567)
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This eye-catching porcelain composition covered in red-glaze and highlighted with sensational gold-leaf inlay is an iconic design often employed by Ono Hakuko.

Ono Hakuko (1915 -1996) is an important figure in the world of Japanese ceramics and one of the only women in the field to gain wide acclaim and recognition for her work...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1311374 (stock #TRC1558)
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This small vessel, similar in a shape to a tokkuri, is a fine example of Oni Shino (carbon trap and natural ash glazing) that Tsukigata is so well-known for. Coining the term in the mid-50’s after countless failed experiments—which ultimately culminated in the discovery of this unique style of pottery—“Oni” translates roughly to demon or ogre...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1309763 (stock #TRC1556)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$375.00
Fantastic execution of the Shino pottery style in the form of a bold and attractive Henko vase. The feldspar glazing and visually captivating red scorch marks serve as a backdrop for several attractive and well placed kiln effects—overall an exceptional piece by this artist.

Ando Hidetake was born the third generation of a Mino pottery family in Gifu prefecture in 1938. He began as an apprenticeship under Kato Tokuro in 1960...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1307972 (stock #TRC1522)
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Located at the foot of an active volcano, the Ougaku kiln specializes in a type of pottery know as Sakurajima-yaki. The kiln is headed by Hashino Midori and run entirely by female potters who strive to infuse each piece they produce with the “energy” of the surrounding environment. Pieces such as the one featured here are made from volcanic ash and mineral-rich onsen spring water giving them a unique luster that is difficult to reproduce...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1307748 (stock #TRC1547)
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This lovely white Hagi chawan rests firmly on a wari kodai or “split foot.” The crackled milky glaze varies in consistency across the curves and contours of the bowl with some areas tending towards a faint brown, adding an interesting dimension to the landscape.

The creator of this piece Matsuura Mugen (1944 - ) has spent his life in the pursuit of perfecting the art of Hagi...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1950 item #1307556 (stock #TRC1546)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$350.00
This simple and elegant green porcelain vase was made by a student of Kiyomizu Rokubei (VI) who was well-known for creating fine porcelain pieces modeled on ancient Chinese forms.

Kato Keizan I (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi, Gifu prefecture but later moved to Kyoto and opened a kiln in Gojozaka in 1912. He specialized in Longquan style celadon ceramics—often referred to as "tenryuji seiji”—and the bulk of Keizan's work closely approximated the style of the Chinese Yuan to Min...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1306784 (stock #TRC1545)
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Raised, undulating ridges on a field of cobalt blue highlighted with white slip and bronze flecks around the rim, this piece conjures images of the deep and stormy sea or possibly of the vast swirling cosmos. Conceived by 20th century master Kawai Kanjiro (1890 - 1966), the combination of “gosu” and “doro hakeme” used in the creation of this work is one of his most sought after motifs.

Like so many great artists throughout history, Kanjiro refused to confine himself to one g...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1304429 (stock #TRC1540)
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Looking as though it were cast from molten rock, this chawan has a very earthy and primal feel to it. The rich clay shows through in places hinting of ochre, yellow, and even a subtle metallic blue—cleverly mimicking the way mineral formations appear in nature. The uneven texture and pitting of the glaze serve to enhance this effect.

The artist, Asao Sosen (1897 - 1978), was known for making chagama furo (Japanese ornamental brazier used in tea ceremony) as well as “Unge” ston...