size: Length 9.5" Width 8" Height 8.5"
An interesting ceramic sculpture of the tanuki (raccoon-dog). Unlike the traditional forms often seen, this figure is wearing a red cloak, the red is evocative of the red robe worn by Bodhidharma. No signature or seals are found on the piece.
Late 20th century
Size: Bottle: Diameter 5.6cm Height 10cm
Pewter in Japan is often used in sake and tea utensils. For sake, it is thought that pewter helps to mellow any sharpness from the sake and removes any impurities. The set was produced by Suzuhan a noted maker of pewter sake wares.
Size: Diameter 6.1cm Height 7.1 cm
A rather unusual blue Japanese tea caddy or chaire with a protective cloth or shifuku. Often tianmu or tenmoku style glazes are done in hues of brown to black. However, blue is an unusual choice. No signature or seal is found on the piece.
Size: Diameter 15" h Height 9.75"
A fascinating set of three heads based on haniwa figurines, which are tomb objects made during the Jomon period (1400-300 BC). The 1960-1970s period saw the increase of archaeological interests in sites and tombs throughout Japan. Artists and writers began to create works centered around the mystery and aura of this period...
Sakata Deika Kiln
Size: (Cups): diameter 6.4cm height 4.4cm, (teapot): Diameter 12.4cm height 7cm (yuzamashi): diameter 11.5cm height 4.8cm
A vintage Japanese tea set produced by the Sakata Deika kilns in Yamaguchi prefecture. Loose leaf tea traditions came to Japan much earlier than the powder form, and by the 16th century many connoisseurs were aware of its existence but preferred with the existing powdered tea...
Crafted by Masaharu
Size: Diameter 7.9cm Height 1.8cm
Set of four Japanese tea saucers, known as chataku in Japanese. Though it is unusual to find a set of four saucers, but it may be the availability of resources to find enough stock of ebony. In China, Ebony (known as heitan) is valued along with the other hardwoods such as zitan.
Size: Height 5ft. Width 2ft. (Height 152cm Width 31cm (approx.)
Finely crafted Japanese Buddhist altar known as a butsudan. Makie is done on the panels of the altar and the interior appears as if one is in the interior section of the temple altar. electrical components are found on the altar. * Note: The Buddhist image is a sample image of how it will look. Image is not included.
Showa Period (20th c.)
Size: Diameter 18cm Height 9.7cm
A common ware piece possibly used to serve food or sake. Katakuchi is a term often used in reference to bowls that contain a spout on the side and were used to serve various liquid based items.The grey nezumi shino like glaze color is appealing.
Saito Kiyoshi (1907-1997)
Length 56cm Height 45cm
Print size: Length 39cm Height 27cm
Saito Kiyoshi is famous for his various landscapes depicting the countryside of Japan especially with the various views of Aizu and other regions. This print is interesting where Saito uses bright colors, unlike his common selections of black, grey, brown, and hints of orange, yellow, and red. The print is signed and sealed on the bottom left of the print.
Kanako Tanabe or Canna Tanabe
Size: Length 180cm Height 92.5cm
A work done by the modern print artist, Canna Tanabe or Kanako Tanabe. The work is interpreted as a butterfly attracted to a peony in the form of a lady. Modern prints became popular both inside and outside of Japan creating a new generation of print makers using modern designs along with traditional techniques.
Showa Period (latter half of the 20th century)
Size: To come
From the estate of Ruth McCandless
Soen along with Senzaki Nyogen are known within zen circles as the lineage of transmitting zen to the West. Not only are the two important in the history of Buddhism in America, but are connected with the Japanese American experience and the changing culture in the United States.
Showa Period (Late 20th century)
Size: Diameter 14cm Height 13.33cm
An interesting patterned Kyoto ceramic mizusashi. The lines resemble cattail branches or kushi-like forms. No signature or seal is found on the work.
Maki Haku (1924-2000)
Mixed media embossed
Size: 12" X 12"
Maki Haku received no formal training in the visual arts but was inspired by Onchi Koshiro. Maki Haku exhibited his works in the Print Biennale in 1957 and 1960.
Ref: Brannen, Noah, Elliott, William and Maki, Haku. Festive Wine: Ancient Japanese Poems from the Kinkafu. New York: Walker/Weatherhill, 1969.
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 12cm Height 8.4cm
The Seikanji kiln is part of the long history of ceramic arts in Kyoto...
Size: Diameter 12cm Height 7.5cm
Shonzui is the term used to describe the blue and white ceramic (or some refer to craze ware) that was made in China around the coasts of Fujian and Canton during the late Ming Dynasty. Japanese records show of orders made for objects used in tea such as water containers, food dishes, and other utensils...
Late 20th century
size: Diameter 13cm Height 8cm
Comes with a storage box, signed and sealed by the artist.
The Jian and other known wares that are under the category of Tian mu or Tenmoku are bowls made in China during the Song period and exported to Japan around the late 13-14th centuries. Japanese tea connoisseurs favored the colors and expressions from the glazes used and were traded for gold and other equal materials.
Size: Diameter: 5.6cm Height: 10.2cm
A tea container or chaire done in the technique known as Oribe ware. There are small bud-like shaped patterns on one side of the container which is often referred to as "hanging dried persimmons". The container comes with a silk pouch container. The name of the fabric of the container is "Iyo Sudare".
Size:Length 60cm Width 39cm Height 32cm
Burl wood, an interesting wood where most tends to be the roots of trees or gnarled wood from old growth forests. Modernism in the 20th century took up these interesting natural formations and created interesting furniture and objects. This basket is one example from the result of the modernist's aesthetic.
The basket comes from the estate of a Menlo Park home.