9"x 9"x 1"
The philosopher, Chuang Tzu was known for his contemplative stories and philosophy on life. One legend of Chuang Tzu describes where he was asleep and contemplated if the dream he had of a butterfly. He questioned of the dual realities if he was in the dream of the human form or if his dream of being a butterfly was reality. This philosophy, in some ways, relates with the modern theories in theoretical physics with certain dimensions and worlds.
Diameter : 2.5" height: 2.5"
Tea caddies are often perceived as being made from a wooden core and lacquered is coated on the caddy. However, there are other caddies that retain the wooden form, giving a separate aesthetic quality. Often, these wooden caddies are made from black persimmon, Chinese hardwoods, or fine Japanese woods.
Work emulating an original design by Nakamura Sotetsu, one of the artists, purveyor to the Sen Families
Size: Diameter : 3.25" height: 2"
The form of the koma, or the top like shape is the symbol of the Sen family which was also a symbol that the family was closely associated with the Toyotomi shogunate. The tradition began with the Ashikaga Shoguns giving their insignia to their top artists...
Age: Showa Period
Size: to come
Condition: Tray has been used and a small chip is found on the bottom of the tray.
Size: Diameter 11.6 in : Height 1.3 in
The bowl is done in the Kenzan style. Ogata Kenzan, along with his brother Ogata Korin founded the Rinpa school in the 17th century changed the way Japanese art was produced through literary allusions and simple designs...
The lid rest is done in the a very difficult and painstaking technique of coating lacquer over ceramic. Only specific types of lacquer are used and the lacquer is rich so that the ceramic base can absorb and retain the lacquer...
The bowl contains an inscription, the guests have left and will never return, (Jpn: Kyaku sarite, kuru koto naku)...