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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1900 item #1242711
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A splendid woodblock print made by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), an artist reknown for his portraits of actors and depictions of Japanese Kabuki plays...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1227434
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An interesting and rare Seto chawan (tea bowl) from end of the Edo period (1615-1868), made in the Hakuan style.

Seto is one of the oldest pottery traditions 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.

Hakuan designates the shape of the bowl...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1224030
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A very attractive and rare Agano ware dating from the Edo period (1615-1868).

This particular piece comes from the collection of an old Japanese family.

Agano ware has been made in the Chikuzen province (current Fukuoka prefecture) in northern Kyushu since the beginning of the 17th century...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1227436
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Here is a set of two Ki-seto chawan (tea bowls) dating from the middle of the 20th century.

Seto is one of the oldest pottery traditions in Japan and considered one of the “6 old kilns”...

All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1980 item #1227444
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A splendid chawan (tea bowl) made by a master of the genre, Suzuki Osamu (Kura), born in 1934, who was designated Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan (Living National Treasure), in 1994.

Shino potteries have been made in the Mino province (current Gifu prefecture), essentially as tea ceremony ware, since the end of the 16th century.

This bowl is an earlier work by the famous potter, but it already shows balance and a desire to expand beyond its simple design...

All Items : Fine Art : Sculpture : Bronze : Contemporary item #1232578
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Fantastic Bronze by Yabuuchi Satoshi
籔内佐斗司 作『 空蝉童子 』4/9【超稀少】ブロンズ

This amazing bronze was made by one of the most famous contemporary Japanese artists: Yabuuchi Satoshi.

It represents a fairy-like creature emerging from the nymph skin of a cicada.

The characters created by Yabuuchi Satoshi are inspired...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : 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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : 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 : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 1990 item #1224019
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A splendid hanaire (vase) made by a Bizen potter named Fujimaki Shiho, born in 1929.

Bizen pottery is a more than one thousand year old tradition, characterized by a usually reddish, strong ironlike body, which is traditionally unglazed but may feature ash glaze from wood firing.

Fujimaki Shiho is a recognized Bizen potter. His kiln, established in 1978 and located in the village of Higashi-katakami (Okayama prefecture), near Inbe, is called Daito-gama...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Korean : Ceramics : Pre 1900 item #1224015
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A very interesting bottle dating from the middle to late Korean Joseon dynasty (1392-1897). The pear shape vessel is typical for that period. The unpretentious yet rarer bluish glaze and simple decoration are also illustrative of a period which held Confucian ideals of practicality and restraint high...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1206096
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A magnificent and very rare Agano ware dating from the Edo period (1615-1868).

This particular piece comes from the collection of an old Japanese family.

Agano ware has been made in the Chikuzen province (current Fukuoka prefecture) in northern Kyushu since the beginning of the 17th century...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #1202003
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An attractive set of 5 plates made in the Seto style of pottery during the Meiji period (1868-1912).

The first Seto kilns were established in the 13th century. In the 16th century, most of them moved to the Mino province (current Aichi and Gifu prefectures)...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1189673
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This splendid chaire (tea caddy) is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you.

This particular piece is made in the Seto pottery tradition...

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1218285
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Here is a beautiful vintage koro (incense burner) made in the second half of the 20th century. It is a Kyo-yaki (Kyoto) ware. Kyoto has been a production center of refined porcelain since the beginning of the Edo period (1615-1868), after porcelain firing kilns were first established on the island of Kyushu...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1220915
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Pretty futaoki – lid rest used during the tea ceremony – by Tamamura Toyo, presenting creamy and reddish brown tones, typical of Hagi ware.
Tamamura Toyo was born in 1938 in the city of Hagi. He studied pottery with his father Tamamura Shogetsu I; he is the brother of Tamamura Shogetsu II.
The condition of the object is excellent...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1222127
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A splendid kogo (incense box) made in the Nonomura Ninsei style of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware). Nonomura Ninsei was a prominent Kyoto artist of the 17th century, who developed a technique for overglaze enamel designs...

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Swords and Related : Pre 1837 VR item #1221185
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A superb kozuka (handle for the knife that fits into the katana scabbard), dating from the Edo period (1615-1868). It is magnificently decorated with the image of Bodhidharma (Daruma, in Japanese), considered the father of Zen Buddhism. The kozuka is made of silver and shakudo, with gold inlaid to highlight the robe and eyes of the patriarch. Bamboo leaves are also incised into the metal, above his head. The superbly designed kozuka is a work of superior craftsmanship.

The handle is ...

All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Pre 2000 item #1220924
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Here is a pretty futaoki, decorated in the front and back with pine tree branches; the pine tree is a symbol of longevity in Japan. A futaoki is one of many Japanese tea ceremony utensils. It is used to rest the lid of the kama (kettle). That small objet is often colorfully designed and can take many different shapes. They also make wonderful collectibles.

This particular lid rest was made by a potter named Kato Koraku, a second generation potter who worked at a kiln named Akahiko-gam...