Sangendo of Morioka
Size: Diameter 8" Height 8.5"
Note: From a Japanese family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also, the piece appears to be not been used. Has original cardboard box and labels
The kettle is decorated with views of Uji in Kyoto and other water themed landscapes on the body. It is amazing that the kettle has not been used and is in pristine condition.
Shonzui porcelain were thought to have come from Chinese Ming and Qing blue and white porcelain bowls, water containers, and other tea equipment exported to Japan. Often the Chinese would refer to these porcelain wares as "commoner" pieces since some came from the common kilns in the Fujian and Guanzhou regions. Yet, not much is known about these wares. Today these Chinese wares are re-created in studios in Japan.
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mid to late 20th century
Size: Height 19" Diameter 10"
Note: Material is using composite resin.
The statue is based on existing works of similar statues made by the Kei school. Examples range from noted museums to established religious institutions that house various examples done by Unkei and Kaikei. This work might have been appropriating and giving an homage to the tradition and art.
Size: Diameter 9.25" Height 1.75"
A traditional motif of monkeys doing a manzai done on a porcelain body. The Fukuagawa kiln is noted for producing pieces for the Imperial Household since the Meiji period. This plate was made for the year of the monkey in 2004, possibly emulating the traditions seen in Europe like the Royal Copenhagen and their yearly productions.
Size: Diameter 27cm Height 10.7cm
The Fukagawa Kiln is famous as purveyors of the Japanese imperial household for nearly a century. Often porcelain wares are requested and made for the Imperial household and many examples are found bearing the mark of the Emperor. This example is a standard porcelain ware done in blue and white and red, a technique first discovered by porcelain artists in China during the Ming dynasty...
Size: Diameter 6.5 cm Height 3 cm
Unlike most traditional Japanese lacquer wares, this one has a sense of realism. The landscape and the pine grove appear as if they were done with photographs or foggy black and white images, but they are all done by hand. The skill and technique is amazing and one cannot help but to stare at the details done in this work.
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 7.62 cm Height 5.1cm
Tianmu or Tenmoku is the famous form of tea bowls that were produced in China since the Sung period. The Japanese were caught by the way the ceramic expressed the rich array of colors and sheens that the bowls were prized possessions of the ruling warrior class.
This small cup was produced in Japan in honor of this tradition. The cup can be used to consume sake or Chinese teas.
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.
Maki Haku (1924-2000)
Size: To Come
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.
Kato Shunji, the third(1944~)
Made during the Year of the Rabbit in 1987
Size: Diameter 12.8cm Height 7.5cm
Kato Shunji comes from a large family of potters from the Seto area of Aichi prefecture where notables such as Kato Shuntai produced amazing works to be used in the way of tea, or chanoyu.
This tea bowl depicts a rabbit made from snow almost...
This amazing kimono is hand painted with motifs of waves and pine trees set on top of islands. The trees and the islands are enhanced with gold thread sewn onto the silk fabric. The back contains a green bokashi silk fabric.
Condition: Overall the kimono has been kept in wonderful condition. The top backing of the kimono contains staining from being used.
Age: Late Showa Period Size: Diameter 3.9" Height 3.5"
Late Showa Period (1960-1970)
Size: Height 44.5" Width 17"
The original painting made by Empress Kojun in the 1960s was made to support the Japanese Red Cross and for a fundraiser at the time. Later, the image became popular and subsequent copies and renditions were made. This one example interprets the painting in the artist's eye and evoke the sense of cuteness in the rabbits shown along with themes of Rinpa.
Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Size: Length 30.75" Height 52.8"
Necessary Conservation work has been done on the scroll recently.
Images of seafood would evoke the Roman mosaics that survive in Pompeii but the Japanese too enjoyed art depicting the bounties of the land and sea. Lobsters were a symbol of abundance and wealth which were also used as decorations during the New Year...
Size: Approx. Length 52" Width 28"
Motifs of Rabbits are popular in Japanese art where rabbits not only are related with the zodiac but also are an auspicious symbol of abundance and "jumping" onto the next level. The scroll is a fan painting of two rabbit dolls set on a bamboo base...
Late Showa Period
Size: To Come
The warabi or bracken is a plant native to Japan and often consumed during the spring season. In Japanese lacquer, this motif was often used by noted lacquer artists such as Hara Yoyusai and Hon'ami Koetsu in their works.
Late Showa (1950-1970)
Size: Diameter 9.75" Height 1.75"
Hakkodo was originally a Buddhist sculpture studio based in Kamakura producing Buddhist statues in the Kei school (manner similar to Unkei and Kaikei) The studio existed in a region where for nearly 700 years generations of sculptors produced life-like images of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and various deities...
Period: Showa Period
Size: Diameter 10.25" Height 4.25"
The procedures for setting the charcoal for the hearth or the brazier is an important part of the way of tea. The finest baskets are used since the charcoal used is a specific type of wood and style only used in tea and not many in Japan produce this type of charcoal...