Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907)
Box Inscription by Tajika Chikuson(1864-1922) in 1918
Width 59.9cm Length 205.5cm or Width 23.5" Length 80.9"
Work painted in 1903
Inscription generally reads:In the distant and isolated valley, amidst the unmoveable mountains, evoking a line or two for a poem, time simply passes with the clouds and the sound of the waterfall.
Size: Diameter 22cm Height 5cm
A typical Japanese porcelain plate depicting a pair of birds perched on a dogwood branch with flowers blooming. The arts and crafts of Japan are heavily shaped by the new governmental policies implemented to show that Japan could produce fine works of art that could meet the taste of the western world.
Size: Length 7.5" Width 7.5" Height 12.5"
A standard tanuki sculpture with the tank holding the usual implements: a sake bottle and a notepad with the accounts written. The unusual elements would be the headband and the type of clay used in the sculpture. No signature or seal is found on the object.
Yamada Suiu (active 20th century)
Length 13" Height 19.2"
A group of 13 various landscapes from modern Japanese to traditional Chinese literati styles done by an artist named Yamada Suiu. According to the documentation, the artist was trained under Tanaka Raisho and Matsuoka Eigaku. Interestingly nothing further is known about this artist, but one can only speculate that he was active around the Meiji to Taisho periods.
Size: Diameter 8cm Height 4cm
A rather rare surviving Karatsu ware sake cup done in an interesting technique. The cup is glazed to reveal the brick-like color of the fired clay along with some of the glaze dripping on the bottom. The rim is decorated with a black or iron colored line. It is rare to find late Edo period sake wares especially outside the common pieces such as Imari, Kutani, and Kyoto wares.
Onishi Gorozaemon (Edo Onishi lineage)
Edo Period (c. 1716-1735)
Size: Diameter 12cm Height 17cm
An interesting iron sake container thought to be made by the artist of the Onishi Gorozaemon family. The sake container contains a whirlpool motif referred to as a lightning motif. The lid is decorated in lacquer of motif of pampas grass and a crescent moon...
Late 19th to early 20th century
Size: Diameter 18cm Height 22cm
A fine Japanese iron tea pot or tetsubin. The handle made of iron contains silver inlay of a plum branch motif. The lid is done in mottled copper or bronze. The underside of the lid contains the signature of the maker. The piece is in excellent condition for the age.
Attributed to Kano Sosen Akinobu (1765-1826)
Width 50.5cm Length 194.8cm
Width 19.8" Length 76.6"
A fine minimalistic painting of a view of a sage, possibly depicting Lao Tzu riding a donkey-like animal. Although donkey might not be the right species often found in China and used for transportation and transporting goods.
Meiji to Taisho Periods
Size: Diameter 2.8" Height 5.9"
A fine pair of Satsuma ware sake bottles or tokkuri signed by the noted maker, Chin Jukan. The bottles are decorated with chrysanthemum flowers, a seasonal motif often referring to the month of September when sake is consumed with chrysanthemum petals. The signature of the artist is similar to works from the 12th to the 13th Chin Jukan.
Size: Width 48.7cm Length 147cm
A rather different expression of the noted poet Kakinomoto Hitomaro. Often he is depicted sitting with his arm rest observing a distant landscape or id depicting with his usual poem inscribed. Here Hitomaro is depicted as if he is on the verge of inscribing a poem.
Early 20th century (Taisho-Showa Periods)
Size: Diameter 5.9cm Height 3.6cm
An interesting and rather unusual set of three tea cups with a Chinese literati theme painted on the exterior. The painting evokes of Qing to Republican Chinese literati styles with peonies set along with other floral motifs and a vase...
真葛香山 工房 Makuzu Kozan Studios
Late Meiji to Taisho Periods
Size: Diameter 6.8cm Height 5.8cm
From an estate in Kyoto.
Makuzu Kozan, became known during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) internationally through the submission at the various expositions being held in Europe and in the United States. Through his success, the Makuzu family continued producing various wares.
Tanomura Chokugai (1904-1997)
Size: Length 194cm Width 70.3
Chokugai, the last of the noted member of the Tanomura lineage starting with Tanomura Chikuden in the 18th century, Chokunyu during the Meiji. Chokugai served as member of the Nanga Society in Kyoto and was one few leading members in the revival of the Nanga movement in Japan during the post-war era...
Taisho to Showa Periods
Size: Height 84cm Width 33cm
A simple but standard Japanese instrument known as a biwa. Unlike the Chinese pipa, the Japanese biwa is used to recite epic stories such as the Tales of the Heike and other battle stories. Today, often the five string instruments (Chikuzen and Satsuma Biwa) are used to recite these tales instead of the classical four stringed ones.
Sogo (active early to mid 19th century)
67cm x 198cm
The style is similar to works done by the noted artist, Gessen and other artists from the Shijo and Maruyama Schools. The artist is not known but a similar name was found in a woodblock print published inside a book around the same period. (refer to the Waseda University Library, Collection of Edo Period Books)
Late Edo to Meiji Periods
Size: Painting: Length 28cm Width 16cm
Unlike the popular stigma and interest Japanese shunga or erotica themed paintings and prints, these works were used as educational tools. Just as seen in middle school sex educational classes and sessions, these prints were shown to women prior to their marriage...
Late Edo to Meiji Period
painting: Length 28cm Width 17cm
Most shunga or the noted Japanese erotica works are done using woodblock prints. However, the hand painted versions were used as educational tools for daughters who were to wed to their wealthy husbands vice versa. This work may have come from a hand scroll fragment.
Work is framed and matted.
Size: Length 73" Width 24"
The work is based on the Yuan Dynasty painter, Yan Hui's work of Haichen and Tieguai. (Housed at the Kyoto National Museum, Property of Choin-ji). Tieguai was known for the transmission of the Daoist teachings to one of the eight sages of the Daoist pantheon and countless legends exist of his magical works and deeds.