Dark stained cedar wood, the sides covered in black lacquer, the front inlaid in ceramic with Raiden the thunder god who is angling with an anchor for one of his thunder drums that dropped out of the sky. Signed on inlaid ceramic plaque: Kenzan. From the Ogata Kenzan studios, Japan, Meiji era, 19th century.
H ca. 42 x W 4 ¾ inches
Chip to the drum on the bottom, lacquer chips on the sides, all in all very good condition.
From a private US collection
H 4 inches
H ca. 10¼ inches
Beautifully worn by exposure to the elements
H ca. 5 inches.
Losses in the glaze, old chips and grazing on upper lip and foot ring, old thin crack in neck, all consistent with age and usage.
H 2¼ inches.
Three brown lacquer repaired areas around the mouth, several longer and shorter very old vertical cracks, not in the least destabilizing the piece. All in all very good condition.
Provenance: Private collection of chaire, purchased at Christies London, 2010; ex collection Louis Gonse; ex collection George Haviland; a catalog clipping comes with the piece, dating it to the 15th century)
H 2-3/8 inches
Two chips on lip repaired with black over red lacquer, partly chipped again. All in all very good condition.
Provenance: Private collection of chaire, purchased at Christies London, 2010
H 3¾ inches
Some scraping of glaze on lip and body, consistent with age, all in all fine condition
Private collection of chaire (collection no. 54); bought from ‘private dealer’ (according to label inside piece); collection number in black lacquer written on bottom: 0-Ja-2-TOK-31-G
H 3¾ inches
Firing crack at lip, several old gold lacquer repairs at lip and foot and bottom, all in all fine condition
This probably was a drinking cup (mukozuke) originally and was converted into a tea caddy at some point.
Provenance: Private collection of chaire; purchased at Christie's South Kensington Japanese Art and Design Including Arts of the Samurai Wednesday 9 November 2011, Lot #81; Cleveland Museum of Art (paper labels TR2741; 17 146; and 17 146A); several other collection labels.
H ca. 6 in.
Fine condition, no cover.
H ca. 9¼ in., dia ca. 10¼ in.
Was used as planter and consistent with that there is some corrosion and water stains.
Provenance: From an Atlanta, GA estate
H 6-1/8 inches
Provenance: Private collection of chaire (collection no. 17); purchased at Sotheby’s New York Important Japanese Works of Art, Sale 4599Y, May 6, 1981, Lot #314; collection c.m.s.p (oval handwritten label with no. 150)
H 4 ½ inches
Fine condition, old handwritten label, identifying the piece as Ofuke, dating it to 1780s.
Provenance: Private collection of chaire (collection no. 37); bought from E & J Frankel, New York, May 17, 1984; ex Vassar College collection; ex Pratt Institute collection (1906)
H 3 ½ inches
Two brown lacquer restorations on lip (virtually invisible!)
Provenance: Private collection of Japanese chaire (coll. No. 76); ex coll. R.B. Caldwell, Texas, sold through R.C. Eldred’s, Auction August 26, 1998, Lot #581; remnants of white lacquer collection number
Comes with clear plastic container and padded brocade cloth, consistent with Caldwell’s way of storage.
H 4 inches
Fine condition with minor firing flaws
Provenance: From private collection of tea caddies (collection no. 52); Sotheby’s auction May 6, 1981 (sale no. 4599Y), lot 171; ex Thomas E. Waggaman (1839-1909) Collection, no. 405. The Waggaman collection was sold in 1905 at the American Art Galleries in New York (this chaire was offered under lot no. 1692. See for auction catalog https://archive.org/details/deluxeo00amer ). The old Waggaman and Sotheby’s labels are included. Also included is the oval collector's label c.m.s.p. with the number 164.
H 10 ½ inches
Some light traces of usage in the form of small glaze chips on top of the head, along edges and around the opening in the back. All in all very good condition.
H ca. 7-1/4 inch.
H ca. 13-1/2 inches
Natural stress crack, typical for keyaki wood, few very old chips in the back that were probably already there at the time of the carving, all in all very good condition.
2 old small chips and some fritting on rim, consistent with age and use