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...
Size: Length 21.6" Diameter2.15"
Originally, the shakuhachi was performed along with traditional Tang court music in China during the 8th century. The Chinese continue to use the original designs while in Japan, the instrument became detached from the traditional court music and developed its own art form...
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: 20th century Size: Diameter 2.25" Height1.8"
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...
Size:Diameter 6.5" Height 3"
Typically the kensui or the waste water receptacle is either shaped in the form of a jar or a large bowl. These types are based on forms found in the early history of the tea ceremony in Japan. Later, artists and masters developed different shapes to impress visitors and to add flavor to the gatherings held. This Tanba ware kensui is done in the form of a raised folded shaped container...
Size: Large tray: Length 24" Width 15" Height 2.75" Smaller Tray: Length 23" Width 14.5" Height 2.75"
Hiro buta were an essential part of most Japanese households up to the beginning of the war in the late 1930s. Often these were made from a set of two trays where one tray contained the accessories necessary for a kimono (i.e. obi, obi accessories, etc.) and the larger tray held the main kimonos...
Shinsei or Chosei (?)
Showa Period (20th century)
Length 66" Height 36"
A rather unusual four panel folding screen depicting a barren forest during winter with a woodsman passing by. The inscription on the top right simply states, returning from the cold mountains. The barren trees is inspired by a Ming Chinese artist, Qi tian or Shen Zhou who was famous for painting a landscape with trees that have no leaves.