Republic Period (1912-1920)
Size: 91.4cm x 170.3cm or 35.9" x 67"
Recent scholarship and new exhibitions have taken interest in the scholar tastes of the republic period. Bapo or paintings of fragments of paper and scholar objects using Western techniques and styles became popular during the early part of the 20th century. These works were made as a response for spreading Western and modern ideas to China...
Diameter 6" Height 9.5"
Age: Early 20th century
Wucai was a Ming dynasty developed adding on the Qinghua tradition developed during the Yuan dynasty. The combination of cobalt blue with other colors enhanced and expanded the richness to Chinese porcelains which in turn helped to develop interesting techniques for latter artists.
Qing Period (19th century)
Size: 71cm x 20.2cm or 27.9" x 7.9"
Bamboo subjects in Chinese paintings began during the Yuan dynasty or earlier in the Song Dynasty. Scholars favored the flexible and strong nature of the bamboo as a symbol of resilience and unaffected by any forces, especially bamboo too retains its green during the winter season.
size: Diameter : 7.3" Height: 10.2"
Age: Showa Period (1950-1970)
Onta is located in the heart of Hita city in Oita prefecture. Since the Edo period, the potters of Onta produced simple ceramics used in daily life. By the Meiji period, new tools helped to create the engraved designs on plates and bowls, a signature style only seen in Onta wares...
55.5cm x 183cm or 21.8" x 72"
Recent scholarship has taken interest in the subject matter of bapo, often translated as multitude of broken images. Many of these works are not collages of different images but a painting of a collage of different images. These so-called collages often depicted printed, painted, and classical materials...
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Ike Taiga (1723-1776)
Box inscription by Mizuta Chikuho (1883-1958) and letter inscribed by Taigado Sadasuke (1839-1910)
Ike Taiga, along with Oda Kaisen, Aoki Mokubei, Ike no Gyokuran, Yosa Buson, Sakaki Hyakusen, etc. were the major artists in the long line of literati painters which branches off to the Nanga school tradition later in Japanese art history...
Diameter: 5.25" height: 3"
Contemporary yet retaining an aura from the past. This tea bowl evokes a memory from the Momoyama period with works done in the Oribe, Mino, and Shino kilns where the uneven and natural shapes were revolutionary to the tradition of ceramics, changing and writing a new chapter for Japanese ceramics. The work is done by Takahashi Genki, a contemporary ceramic artist.
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...
Okuhara Seiko (1837-1913)
Size: Height 33.2" Width 8.8"
Okuhara Seiko was part of the mainly male dominated school of Nanga and Literati paintings. Born as a daughter of a samurai from the Mito region, Seiko independently studied Ming and Qing literati paintings where she came across Fei Qinghu, a Chinese literati painter who immigrated to Japan around the 1780-1790 period and used his name Qinghu, as her artist name...
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Period: Momoyama to Edo Period
Size: height 4" diameter 2.3"
The bold lines and rough structure has been one of the few key aspects of Momoyama period tea ceramics. Examples ranging from Raku tea bowls to Oribe mukozuke dishes used for kaiseki contain an aura, only found in Japan, yet appeals even to modern audiences.
This Bizen tea container is thought to be made during this interesting period...