Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)
Width 2.4" Height 14.1"
Otagaki Rengetsu was a nun who was famous for her poems written on scrolls, tanzaku, pottery, and other mediums. Her poems reflect the difficult life she led during the end of the Edo period up to beginning of the meiji. This tanzaku expresses her feelings in life...
Height 10" Diameter 11.6"
An interesting bronze usubata with an engraved pattern set on the area which would be considered to be the back of the usubata. The work is very simple and does not have any extra decorations which is rather unusual for a work from the 19th-20th century. Usubatas of this type were often used to decorate pine and auspicious flowers during important holiday events.
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.
Size: Height 68.5" Width 21"
Two figures playing a game known as karuta, which was brought to Japan by the Portugese in the late 16th century. During the Late Muromachi up to the Momoyama Periods the game became popular with various classes and views of people playing the game can be seen in the folding screens that survive today. The figures shown appear to have a style of dress that was popular during the Momoyama (Keicho Period) or later...
Period: Meiji Period
Size: Length 46.5" Height 19"
A small six panel folding screen depicting a group of cranes near a body of water set among various flora. Often small screens are used for backdrops to decorative dolls during girl's day or other decorations.
Momoyama-Early Edo Period
Size: Diameter 4.5" Height 8"
A wonderful Momoyama to Early Edo period Seto ware mizusashi. The mizusashi contain hints of blue and green flashes of glazes from the reactions during the firing in the kiln. The mizusashi comes from an estate of a noted hollywood producer for major films.
Meiji-Taisho Period (c. 19th-20th century)
Size: Diameter 11.6" Height 10.25"
Often bronze usubata vases were used to decorate auspicious and symbolic plants for specific occasions arranged in the Ikenobo style of arrangement. The usubata has a sublime engraving of folding fans set among grasses. Folding fans are a symbol of prosperity.
Attributed to Kano Tanyu(1602-1674)
Edo Period (c. 19th century)
Size: Length 29.6" Height 14.75"
Scholar art was popular in Japan since Song Style painting was introduced to Japan in the Muromachi Period during the 14th-15th centuries. Images of noted sages and scholars became popular among the ruling samurai class and these figures and their stories began to tell a different "hidden" story to the viewers who saw them.
Age: Momoyama Period
Size: Approx Diameter 3.75-4.3" Height 8"
The mizusashi is an interesting Karatsu ware piece. The exterior is not glazed, meanwhile the interior contains a glaze similar to Chosen Karatsu styles. The wave pattern and other elements are often seen in Momoyama Period tea articles.
Attributed to Munakata Shiko
Size: height 28.5 cm width 20 cm
Shiko is famous for a set of 18 arhats expressing different personalities and the print has become one of Shiko's signature works. This print of two arhats expresses different personalities and retains some similar elements to the noted series of 18...
Attributing to Munakata Shiko
Size: height 28.5 cm width 20 cm
The work is part of a collection of Munakata Shiko prints from a California collection who was a pioneer in transmitting Rinzai zen to America during the 1950-1960 period. In addition she was living in Japan during this period and acquired these prints.
Edo Period (circa 18th-19th century)
Size: Diameter 2.6" Height 3.2"
Shigaraki is one of the six traditional kilns in Japan that have been producing wares for daily use and eventually producing objects for tea. This tea container is done in an uncommon style where small handle-like forms are attached on the gourd shaped container...
Edo Period (17th-18th century)
Size: Diameter 2.6" Height 3.5"
Tea caddies or chaire are separated into two categories. The Chinese wares that were imported to Japan are known as Karamono and the Japanese made pieces are Wamono. Japanese made objects first began to appear around the end of the Muromachi when tea became the popular activity within the ruling warlords in Japan...
74th Asahi Yusai (1921-2004)
Size: Diameter 4.9" Height 3.25"
The Asahi kiln is situated in Uji, which is South of the ancient capital city, Kyoto. Since the 5th century the region were producing ceramics for the tombs of the emperors and clan rulers...
Artist: Idemitsu Shosuke (1927~)
Size: Diameter 5.25" Height 2.3"
Idemitsu Shosuke used to serve as the fifth president of the noted oil and industries firm Idemitsu Kosan in Tokyo. Idemitsu Shosuke headed the Omotesenke Tokyo branch for some time and his interests in tea led him to producing interesting tea bowls using different techniques and glazes...
Idemitsu Shosuke (1927~)
Size: Diameter 6" Height 3.25"
Idemitsu Shosuke used to serve as the fifth president of the noted oil and industries firm Idemitsu Kosan in Tokyo. Idemitsu Shosuke headed the Omotesenke Tokyo branch for some time and his interests in tea led him to producing interesting tea bowls using different techniques and glazes. Idemitsu Shosuke would be along with noted connoisseurs, Masuda Donno, Matsunaga Jian, etc...
Itaya Keishu (active mid to late Edo Period)
Size: Height 49.5" Width 23.75"
Itaya Keishu served the Tokugawa Shogunate in Edo as their court painter. The Itaya family were painters in the Sumiyoshi school and produced works in the heritage of the Yamato style.
By Tsukamoto Shiro (1928~)
Diameter: 6.5" Height 3.3"
Tsukamoto Shiro is famous for his extensive research and study on Song Dynasty celadons and white ware objects. The simple, modern, and sharp lines became popular throughout Japan and received awards in Germany and Paris