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.
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...
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
By Tsuchiya Kouitsu (1870-1949)
Period: Early Showa Period (1935-1938)
Size: Height 29cm width 20.5 cm
Tsuchiya Kouitsu was trained by the noted Ukiyo-e artist, Kobayashi Kiyochika during the Meiji period and along with Kawase Hasui produced modern Japanese prints depicting scenic views of different parts of Japan. This view is the new World Heritage Site, Mt...
Size: Diameter 5" Height 3.25"
Gennai ware was founded in the mid 18th century by the noted scientist, Hiraga Gennai (1728-1780). Gennai became famous for his knowledge of Western studies (Rangaku) and invented a machine that stimulates static electricity, similar to one that Benjamin Franklin invented.
Gennai's love of science may have sparked or inspired his interest in the fine arts, producing his own ceramic style...
Size: Diameter 3.7" x Height 3.2"
Artist: Kengyo (Katsuo?)
The bowl is known as a tsutsu chawan or a tall cylindrical tea bowl. This bowl is used during the cold months of late autumn to winter to promote a sense of warmth to the guest who will consume the tea. The bowl is given the name, Zangetsu. The name is translated as the lingering moon or a crescent moon...
By: Tsuchiya Kouitsu
Showa 11 (1936) August
Size: Height 29cm width 20.5 cm
Tsuchiya Kouitsu was a contemporary of Kawase Hasui and produced a series of prints depicting various Japanese scenery. Interestingly, Kouitsu and Hasui both published their works under the Doi Woodblock Studio during the early part of the 20th century ( Showa Period)...