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All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1236923
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Imagine having a classic calligraphy painting, an antique pottery and a modern abstract painting in one piece; that hachi (bowl) is it. An amazing work of art dating from the Edo period (1615-1868). It is made in the Kenzan style of pottery. Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) was a brilliant potter and painter of that era and has greatly influenced Japanese arts.

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The bowl is in very good condition; there is a minute chip on the rim...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1492 item #1236920
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In my humble opinion, great Mishima bowls are few and far between, but this particular one, dating from the first part of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897), is truly exceptional. It is in very good condition considered its age, and the play of different shades on the finely crackled white and celadon glazes make it a very attractive vessel. It is a sublime example of the genre.

Mishima is the Japanese name for this kind of pottery decorated with a white slip, covered by a pale-bluish glaze...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1236370
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An interesting plate made in the Kenzan style and dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). The plate is decorated with a stylized landscape painted under a transparent milky glaze, which makes it look a soft pinkish-grey. In that picture, which borrows Kenzan's brush, a brook runs through an irises scattered meadow...
All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1492 item #1236368
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A truly remarkable chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Goryeo (or Koryo) dynasty (918-1392).

This bowl is a very fine example of the beauty of classic vessels made in Korea during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392)...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1234605
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A very attractive tebachi (tray with handle) made by one of Bizen greatest potters: Fujiwara Ken (1924-1977). This piece is certainly one of the most beautiful of the genre I have ever seen. It presents all the wonderful features of Bizen pottery.

Fujiwara Ken was recognized as Intangible Property of Okayama prefecture in 1954. He is the nephew of Fujiwara Kei and the cousin of Fujiwara Yu, who were both Living National Treasures...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1234604
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A very splendid tokkuri (sake pouring vessel) made by one of Bizen greatest potters: Fujiwara Ken (1924-1977).

Fujiwara Ken was recognized as Intangible Property of Okayama prefecture in 1954. He is the nephew of Fujiwara Kei and the cousin of Fujiwara Yu, who were both Living National Treasures...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1492 item #1234603
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A magnificent bowl dating from the Goryeo (or Koryo) dynasty (918-1392).

One of the best of the genre, with striking blue tones. This bowl could have been made yesterday; it has kept its freshness for hundred of years.

Another fine example of the beauty of classic vessels made in Korea during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392)...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1492 item #1234602
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An interesting bowl dating from the Goryeo (or Koryo) dynasty (918-1392).

The wobbling shape, scars from the firing and finely crackled glaze are features that make this bowl a very attractive vessel. They point to a humble beginning yet give the vessel nobility in the Japanese world of wabi-sabi, where age, its marks and harmonious imperfections are revered.

Another fine example of the beauty of classic vessels made in Korea during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392)...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1233199
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A very well made, light chawan (tea bowl) made around the end of the Edo period (1615-1868) to the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912). It bears a generic Raku seal at its kodai (foot). The depiction of mount Fuji, one of Nature's marvels, on its shomen (face) is a reminder of its influence on Japanese artists for ages...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1233198
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A splendid set of two Satsuma porcelain vases made during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

Satsuma pottery is a more than four hundred year old tradition. Like many others, that tradition was born at the end of the 16th century, after Japanese warlords came back from Korea with Korean potters and their techniques to be used to make ware, especially tea ceremony ware, for their private use...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1910 item #1230653
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A splendid vase made by one of the most famous Kyoto porcelain artists of the Meiji period: Seifu Yohei (1851-1914).

This vase is made in the celadon style of porcelain. It imitates the classic Chinese wares of the end of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). This kind of ceramics was appreciated by the upper class of the Meiji period (1868-1912) and Seifu Yohei was recognized as a master craftsman of the genre.

Seifu Yohei was the adopted son of Seifu Yohei II...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1230036
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A superb oil lamp dating from the end of the Edo (1615-1868) to the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912) made in the Akahada style of pottery.

Akahada pottery was born in the mountain from which it takes its name, near Nara, the ancient Japanese capital. Potteries were already made there more than 600 years ago, but it is only since 1573 that it is recognized...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1492 item #1229505
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A splendid bowl dating from the Goryeo (or Koryo) dynasty (918-1392).

This bowl is yet another fine example of the beauty of classic vessels made in Korea during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392). First modeled after Chinese Yueh ware, Korean celadons have come to be known as some of the best of the genre, with original designs and a high level of craftsmanship, attained around the 11th century, that made them very popular, especially with Japanese tea practitioners of the 16th century...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Pre 1492 item #1229504
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A superb bowl dating from the Goryeo (or Koryo) dynasty (918-1392).

This bowl is yet another fine example of the beauty of classic vessels made in Korea during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392)...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pre 1492 item #1227446
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A fantastic Tenmoku chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Chinese Song dynasty (960-1279).

Tenmoku (Tian-mu in Chinese) bowls were first brought to Japan by Zen monks on their return from studying in China. During the Kamakura period (1185-1333), Zen Buddhism became very influential, and tea drinking was popular with the nobility. During the following Muromachi period (1338-1573), Tenmoku wares were much appreciated by the Ashikaga Shoguns and their court.

Although first associated wi...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1700 item #1227442
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A superb suiteki (water dropper; used by calligraphers when they dissolve sumi ink in water) dating from the end of the Momoyama period (1573-1603) to the beginning of the Edo period (1615-1868).

Seto is one of the oldest pottery tradition in Japan and considered one of the “6 old kilns”. As early as the 13th century, glazed potteries were produced in Seto, thanks to the importing of new techniques from China by a potter called Toshiro.

Although the first pottery produced were m...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1227441
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A beautiful ki-irabo chawan (tea bowl) dating from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868).

Ki-irabo (yellow irabo) bowls were originally made in Korea for Japanese tea masters, from the beginning of the 17th century. They feature a coarse body with a yellow to ochre glaze.

This particular chawan wears a brighter robe and is certainly relatively more recent. It does not present the asymmetry of the classic ki-irabo vessels, but defines its elegance with its perfect balance and lightn...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1227438
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Black raku chawan (tea bowls) are some of the most sought after vessels for the tea ceremony. They have been made for more than 400 hundred years, born from the collaboration between great tea master Sen Rikyu (1522-1591) and a potter named Chojiro (-1592), the forebear of the great Raku family of potters.

The first Raku bowls were black, a feature born in part from the principle of impersonality, based on Zen Buddhism. The contrast of emerald green tea and the black glaze of a kuro (bla...