Stoneware sculptural vessel. A large lotus leaf folded into Hotei's treasure bag, a lotus stem functioning as a cord closing the bag. From a tear in the leaf a crab emerges, chasing another crab that is holding a golden piece. Brown thick stoneware, like Tokoname, with some touches of gold enamel. Signed at bottom (illegible). Japan, 20th century.
H 7 inches.
Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a reclining Shiba dog with a ruff. Brown stoneware with specklled yellow ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed with impressed seal. Japan, Showa era, 20th century.
H 1 ¾ x L 2 ¼ inches
Kogo, ceramic box for keeping incense in the shape of a reclining shishi. Brown stoneware with yellow and light brown ash glaze on top. Bizenyaki. Signed with impressed seal Fuku. Japan, Taisho/Showa era, 20th century.
H 1 ½ x L 2-7/8 inches.
Few tiny flakes at the edges. All in all very good condition.
Large storage jug of typical Shigaraki stoneware with small white inclusions, made in three sections, decorated in multicolor enamel and gold with a cat making a mouse train come to an abrupt halt. A cat, high back, hissing at the mouse going at the head of a train, makes the train come to a dead stop and the following mice tumble, roll, spill in a ripple effect. Funny details: tumbling palanquin, spilling fish, flying papers. Either folk art or export. Japan, 20th century.
Height: ca. 18.5 inches.
Unsigned work from a studio that decorates household ceramics with funny or fantastic images in overglaze enamels that can be fired at low temperatures.
Sake flask or tokkuri of triangular shape with tall neck. Brown stoneware with a combination of natural straw glaze and ash glaze and ashes. Marked at the bottom with unidentified potter’s mark. Japan, Bizen, 20th century.
H ca. 5-½ inches.
Small hanaire of irregular shape with small metal loop to hang it from a beam of the tokonoma. Stoneware, Shigaraki kiln. Japan, 20th century.
H 5-½ inches.
Large stoneware jar with multi-color dripping glaze over a creamy white crackled glaze. The green is the traditional green of earlier Shigaraki ware, the blue as well, but a variety of brown, red, pink and black have been added to the palette. Inside and bottom covered in brown glaze with yellow spots. Japan, early Showa, 1920-1930s.
Height 17 inches (43.2 cm), diameter at shoulder ca. 17 inches (43.2 cm).
Tea bowl on high foot with high sides. Craemy gray clay with gray transparent glaze, on which in multi colors and gold a gathering of old men is depicted, busy with different occupations such as calligraphy, go and drinking tea. Bowl signed at lower side: Koki ..suke saku.
Diam. 4 3/8 in. ; H 3 in. (11 cm; 7.8 cm)
Very unusual tall vase with short neck and everted rim, decorated with a drinking scene. A green eyed cat, dressed in a striped kimono holds out a giant sake cup and is being served by a white mouse in female attire. He is attended by two more mice in female dress, who take care of the food on a small table. Decoration in enamel and gold on a finely crackled celadon glaze. The background sprinkled with gold flakes. The shoulder and the high foot are decorated in stylized flower designs. The everted rim decorated with cherry blossoms. Unknown kiln/region. Japan, late Meiji or Taisho period.
Height 11 inches (28 cm).
Restoration at rim, hole drilled in bottom (formerly mounted as lamp). Otherwise excellent condition.
Vase of mallet shape with slightly concave sides, short cylindrical neck with minimally everting rim. Gray stone ware that at places turned brown through firing. White glaze running down, slightly thicker at bottom half of vase, some blue patches at the rim. Studio pottery. Japan, 20th century. H 7 1/8 in., diameter at foot 3 1/2 in.
Five small dishes with a design of three iron-brown cherry blossoms (two positive, one negative) on a cream colored patch in an otherwise black surface. Foot ring impressed at tree points, thus creating three feet. Black Oribe. In the unglazed bottom two impressed seals: Aoi no kama (hollyhock kiln) and star-shaped flower.
Japan, Meiji/Taisho period.
Diam. 4 3/8 in. (11.4 cm), height 7/8 in. (2.1 cm). Excellent condition.
With yellow cloth wrappers and wooden box, inscribed: Kuro Oribe mei? no sara (Black Oribe signed? dishes). Signed and sealed on inside of cover.
Koro of cylindracal shape, standing on three short, triangular feet. On whitish, rather porous clay that turned orange-brown at the feet due to heat exposure, a white glaze has been applied with a fine crackle. Inside left unglazed. Ofuke ware (kilns in Nagoya region), 20th century.
Height 3 1/8 inches, diameter 3 ¼ inches.
One very small, older chip at outer rim, one tiny firing crack in the body, otherwise very good condition.
Serving plate. Over a grayish brown stoneware a geometrical design in blue, brown and green glazes, partly with fine crackle. Unsigned, but clay, color and design remind one of Mashiko ware. Diameter 10 ¼ inches, height 2 inches. Japan, 2nd half 20th century. Slight traces of usage (tiny scratches and water stains), otherwise very good condition.
Water dropper in the shape of a bamboo segment with three sprouting leaves. Typical appearance of Bizen ware. Length 2 ¾ inches, height 1 ¼ inches. Japan, 1950-60s. Excellent condition.
a) Vase in the shape of a double gourd. On a reddish-brown stoneware base patches of a dark brown glaze have been thinly applied, partly covered again by patches of greenish-yellow ash glaze. On the bottom imprinted seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. H 7 3/8 inches. Small firing crack on the lower bulb.
b) Vase in the shape of a mallet with a circular body and an elongated, square neck. Over a reddish-brown clay a typical brown glaze has been applied with irregular spots. In the bottom seal: Momoyama or Tôzan. Height 9 inches; diameter 4 ¾ inches. Mint condition.
Tôzan is either the name of a potters’s studio, or an artist’s name. The name Tôzan is found frequently among potters of the Bizen tradition, usually referring to the background of the family or studio, tracing it back into the Momoyama period.
Large peach-shaped bowl decorated on in- and outside with blossoming peach-tree branches. On beige colored stoneware a thin layer of cream colored, opaque glaze has been applied, on which the bold design in overglaze blue, black, green, red, white and gold. On the outside in a white rectangular reserve the signature Kenzan. This piece is definitely in the style of Ogata Kenzan, but not by the hand of any of them. Japan, 20th century. H 4; w 12 inches. Tiny chip on inner rim, otherwise excellent condition.