Kogo or incense box in the shape of the God of Good Fortune Hotei, leaning on his treasure bag with a fan in his hands. Earthenware, Raku ware with black glaze and white slip. Japan, 20th century.
H ca. 1-½ inches; W ca. 2-¼ inches.
Traces of usage: two cracks in the cover, some chips in the cover and two tiny chips on the edge of the lower part. Otherwise good condition, charming piece.
Water jar for the tea ceremony shaped as a bamboo segment, the handles shaped as bamboo shoots. Stoneware, Bizen kiln. Natural ash glaze specks. Black lacquer cover. Japan, 20th century.
H 6 inches.
Some traces of usage: a.o. few minor chips on the bottom edge, two very small chip at upper rim, lacquer cover with chips on inside, otherwise very good condition.
Low and wide vessel, probably a container for waste water or kensui, with indentation in rim. Stoneware, Bizen kiln. Japan, 20th century.
H ca. 3-¼ inches; diam. Ca. 6-¼ inches.
Midsize storage jar of greyish stoneware, with the typical inclusions, with natural ash glaze. Japan, Edo period, 19th century or a bit earlier.
H 11-¼ inches.
Very good condition.
Canister of sorts, perhaps for tea, perhaps for candy, made of molded and lacquered papier-mache, in the shape of the lucky dwarf Fukusuke, wrapped in a black overcoat, over red pants, decorated with snow covered pine branches. His large head above his knees. He wears an oddly shaped hat that functions as the cover of the container. Glass eyes inlaid in his face, a metal edge inserted on the top. The material used indicates that the container was made for export. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: 5 ½ inches.
Material around metal edge retracting, some restoration, very good condition.
1) Stoneware incense box or kogo in the shape of an onna daruma (female daruma). She sits in the typical way, all rolled up in her garment, indicating that arms and legs may have fallen off. Her face shows striking similarity to Okame. Cream colored and reddish brown glaze over whitish soft clay, the face left partially free, fine crackle in the glaze. Japan, Meiji period.
2) Stoneware incense box or kogo in the shape of Daruma, wrapped in his reddish garment, his face peeing out of the garment, looking up. Cream colored and red glaze with some black accents over a whitish soft clay, the face left partially free, strong, but very fine crackle in the glaze. Raku stamp on the inside. Japan, Meiji period.
Height: ca. 1 ½ inches each.
1) Outer edge of lower part with tiny frittings and chips, two tiny glaze chips along the lines of the crackle (hardly visible). Generally very good condition.
2) On the back tiny pieces of glaze missing between the crackle lines, otherwise excellent condition.
Tall slender vase with slightly narrowed waist and square shoulder. The ribbed body of middle brown coarse clay covered with two elongated patches of thin brown glaze. The lip with splashes of green glaze, inside gray glaze. Karatsu ware. Japan, late Edo period.
Height: 12.25 inches (30.5 cm).
Firing crack in bottom, NOT trough and through, otherwise mint condition.
Bamboo tea scoop for powdered tea, elegantly curved. Patinated dark brown on the inside with some dark spots on the tip of the spoon. Japan, 20th century.
Comes with fitted box, sealed with double gourd shaped red seal of the carver.
L 7.25 inches (18.4 cm); box 8.5 x 1.4 inches (21.5 x 2.9 x 2.9 cm).
Few scratches on bamboo from usage, excellent condition.
Tea bowl of somewhat irregular shape. Dark brown clay covered in a gray glaze that leaves the lower ¼ of the piece uncovered, the rim and inside covered with a brownish-green glaze. On the outer side a image like a looped line in brownish green covers the gray glaze. A small patch at the inside of the bowl left uncovered. Karatsu ware, Japan, Edo period.
Comes with inscribed tomobako (Egaratsu; chawan, ichiko)and cotton pouch.
H 2.75 inches, diameter 5 inches (6.9 x 12.6 cm).
Small chip in rim repaired in red lacquer.
Beautiful and elegant chest for keeping tea utensils. From top to bottom: shelf behind four sliding doors, one curved, wave shaped display shelf and one straight shelf, one curved drawer, two shelf behind two sliding doors each. Doors and drawer fronts made of beautiful mulberry veneer. On the insides and backs of doors and drawers there are left and right marks and numbers in black ink, to indicate the right place for each door. The sides of a wood with coarser grain. Japan, Taisho period.
Height 38 in., width 48 ¼ in., depth 11 ¼ inches.
Some damage (dent, scratches) at sides, due to moving/transport, minor wear shelf edges, one crack in the veneer of one of the doors (stabilized by the back-wood). Overall very good condition and splendid piece.
Reddish-brown stoneware cup or bowl in the shape of a curled up lotus leave, resting on its stem. On the sides are two freshwater crabs climbing up, holding themselves on the veins of the leaf. The stoneware resembles Ixing and traditional Japanese tea pots were made from this clay. Japan, 19th century.
H 1 5/8” at highest point (4.2 cm); W at widest point 3 7/8” (9.8 cm).
Minimal fritting at rim, one repair at rim (see photos).
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)
Mizusashi in the shape of a Chinese boy, holding Hotei’s large bag. Over brownish beige very fine stoneware a layer of mottled brown glaze, over which a blue-green finely crackled flambé dripping glaze. The inside with brown mottled glaze, the bottom left free. In the bottom the impressed mark in an oval cartouche of Kato Shuntai. Japan, 19th century.
Height: 3 ¼ in.; diameter: 6 in. (8.3; 15.2 cm)
Box, inside of cover inscribed with authentication of piece as a mizusashi in the shape of a karako in ao-Oribe, made by Kato Shuntai from Seto. Authentication signed by Matsumori An.....
Kato Shuntai (1802-1877) worked in many ceramic styles. The splashes of flambé crackled glaze are very typical for his works (Shuntai-yaki). His works and the works of his ancestors can be found in museums around Japan and the US.
Set of ten small white porcelain condiment bowls (cups) for kaiseki-style dinner. Each miniature bowl individually shaped with slightly compressed sides and a small spout. With overall white glaze and brown rim, each painted with flowering plants and vegetables in underglaze blue, brown, and black, and with gold lacquer details. Each bowl with seal imprint TÔZAN at the bottom. Japan, 18th/19th century.
Circular base 1 inch diameter (2.5 cm), 1 ½ in. high (4 cm), 2 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. at the rim (5.3 x 6 cm).
In fitted wooden box (tomobako), 6.5 (H) x 15 (W) x 36.5 (L) cm.
Inscribed, sealed and signed on the lid (TÔZAN tsukuru = made by) with red seal imprint. Each wrapping cloth stamped with 4 x 2.8 cm red seal imprint TÔZAN.
Items located in Europe.
Storage jar of hexagonal shape with a dripping tea dust glaze over a fine dark brown clay. In the side the name of Asakura Sansho (or Yamaki) has been stamped, partly covered under the glaze. Bottom impressed with a leaf, which burnt during firing. Japan, late Edo, early Meiji period.
Measurements approximately: height 8 ½ in. (21.5 cm), diameter at widest point 10 in. (25.5 cm), diameter at bottom 6 ½ in. (16.7 cm).
The name of Asakura Sansho is also connected with Tanba ware. A hexagonal jar from an earlier period, signed with the same name, in typical Tanba clay and glaze was found as well. This family may have worked in a variety of styles.
Ex collection CC Wang.