Size: length 17" width 2.25" height 25.25"
The sign board is from a business who exchanged the currency used during the Edo period. Clients would bring coins or other precious metals which would be converted to the value given during the different periods in the Edo period (such as during the Tenpo era the value of one gold coin was different if it was during the Ansei era)...
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...
Age: Taisho-Showa Period
Size: Length 75 cm Width 65cm Height 4cm
Burlwood stands and trays were one object the Japanese preferred. The natural and rough curvatures seen in the aged wood and the grain appealed to the Japanese and were often used to displayed prized bonsai, suiseki, bonseki artworks...
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...
Age: Meiji-Taisho Period
Size: Diameter 5.5" Height 15"
Gourds have been used constantly in the way of tea, being used as flower containers, bowls to hold charcoal and other creative objects. Often these gourds would have lacquered inscriptions to the owner of the object, the maker, or a signature of a master...
Size: Diameter 11" Height 10.5"
The katawaguruma motif originates in the 11th century in the Heian period where a cosmetic box or a tebako with the motif first appears...
Age: Edo Period
Size: Length 1.75 Width 0.75 Height 1.25
Chinese children has been a popular motif in Japanese art. Often these children portray noted stories dating from the Han to Tang dynasties and mention about friendship, filial piety, and devotion to friends family, and the state...
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.
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.
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.
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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...