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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). 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 : 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...

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”...

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...

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...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1227437
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A superb chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Meiji period (1868-1912). It is made in the Hagi style of pottery.

Hagi pottery is one of the best known Japanese ceramics; it bears the name of the town where it was born. The first Hagi kiln was established in 1648 by Korean potters who had been brought to Japan by the local lord, Mori Terumoto (1553-1625). It used to be made exclusively for the use of its patron, but slowly made inroad into a wider domestic market...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1990 item #1225660
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An exquisite plate made by Kitade Fujio (b. 1919), one of the best known Kutani ceramicists.

This plate is a fine example of the beauty of Kitade Fujio's work. The chickadee and its surroundings are painted with the rich colors of the Kutani palette in a very elegant way. Kitade Fujio studied in both Kyoto and Kanazawa, with his uncle Kitade Tojiro, a third generation potter...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1225657
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A splendid plate made by Kimura Ichiro (1915-1978), one of Mashiko master potters.

The plate is a great representative of the genre...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1980 item #1225641
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A wonderful shino chawan (tea bowl) made by a well recognized master of the genre, Hayashi Kotaro (1940-1981), the brother and teacher of Hayashi Shotaro (b. 1947).

The apparently simple vessel is in fact a well balanced chalice with Zen-like features. The circle visible on the shomen (face) is echoed in the back, in subtle fashion, and a way that keeps this microcosmos in a state of harmony, where large and small are its inherent attributes.

Hayashi Kotaro, though he passed away at...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1990 item #1225459
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A remarkable hanaire (vase) made by Shimizu Uichi (1926-2004), who was recognized as Preserver of Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) in 1985.

The wonderful play of contrasts and textures creates a spectacular piece that catches anyone’s attention.

Please let me know if you have some questions.

The vase is in excellent condition and comes in a signed box (tomobako).
Dimensions: 13.5 x 17.4 cm (5.4 x 7 i...

All Items : Archives : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1224970
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A splendid statue of a sitting Buddha from the Edo period (1615-1868).

The statue is made of wood with what looks to be an overcoating of black and red lacquer. The urna (third eye), located between the two eyes, is made of glass.

The Buddha is sitting cross legged, eyes closed, his hands joined in a position of prayer. His gentle face and perfectly balanced posture create a soothing aura that invites to pause. Looking at it, one's breath becomes slower and after a while, it feel...