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. 13½ inches
H ca. 6 ¾ inches
Water stains inside, otherwise mint condition
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 3 x L 11 x D 8 inches.
Several small chips on the outer rims, standing edge on the inside lovingly repaired and retouched.
H without handle 7¾ in; with handle ca. 9 in.
Corrosion on bottom on inside, otherwise fine condition.
Provenance: Private collection of ikebana vessels
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 without cover 5¾ in.; with cover 6½ in.
Jar in fine condition, cover with 2 chips.
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.