Late Showa (1950-1970)
Size: Diameter 9.75" Height 1.75"
Hakkodo was originally a Buddhist sculpture studio based in Kamakura producing Buddhist statues in the Kei school (manner similar to Unkei and Kaikei) The studio existed in a region where for nearly 700 years generations of sculptors produced life-like images of the Buddha, Bodhisattvas and various deities...
Edo or Meiji Period
Size: Diameter 13" Height 12.5"
The style of the stark contrast of dark blue to navy with a white over glaze like pattern is often seen in Chosen Karatsu or Tako Karatsu. However, the detail work on the chrysanthemum is rather often seen in Seto ware.
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 6.75" width 8.75" height 2.1"
Cinnabar lacquer originates in China during the Ming dynasty with carved guri lacquer objects imported to Japan. Often these objects were used in the tea ceremony (i.e. incense containers, tenmoku chawan stands, etc.)...
Age: Taisho-Showa Period
Size: Length 29.5" Width 25.5" Height 1.5"
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...
Size: Diameter 5" Height 3"
Round yixing teapots are valued for not just the color and texture of the clay used, but with minor details such as the absorption of the tea and how the lid fits with the body. Artists strive to produce pots that contain all the refined elements required in a tea pot and only in yixing and zhisha pots can this standard be found...
Size: Length 6.75" Height 5"
Square Yixing tea pots were developed during the Qing dynasty or later as techniques of different designs were developed...
Size: Length 1" Width 1.2" Height 1.6"
PLEASE NOTE: Netsuke does not stand on its own
Sambaso is a famous Noh and Kyogen play where the sprite of a pine or a deity in the Shinto Pantheon is invoked and performed during festive and auspicious occasions. The dance is still performed by famous Kyogen actors and local shrines will perform the dance...
Size: Diameter 5.3"Height 3"
Yixing and Zhisha are different clays originating from the regions that the names of the teapots comes from (East Central China to be specific). Chinese tea culture has a long history, but its evolution has two lineages. The brick and powder teas were often consumed during the Tang and Song dynasties, while the loose leaf versions were consumed during the Ming and later...
Chuang (?) Jing DaiDing Cheng Xing
Age: 20th Century
Size: Diameter 5.5" Height 2.75"
Yixing tea pots were developed during the the Ming dynasty when loose leaf tea was the common method of drinking tea in China. Over the centuries, different renditions and versions were created and expanded adding more to the flavor of Chinese tea.
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...
Age: Edo Period
Size: Length 2.25" Width 1.75"Height 1.25"
A Horafuki is a priest in the Shugendo tradition of Japanese aestheticism where the tradition blends ancient Shinto and Esoteric Buddhist Beliefs who blows a conch shell during the rituals in fire ceremonies and related rituals. Later, the name became a word known as a liar who tells life threatening lies and continues to be used in modern Japanese.
Diameter: 6.75" Height 3.5"
Provenance: From a Chinese family in San Francisco. Inscription is describing the origins of the design of the tea pot.