Fine Japanese art and tea implements
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Contemporary item #1440026 (stock #TRC210307)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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An exceptionally large work by one of the most important contemporary ceramic artists in Japan. Collected widely both here and abroad, a favorite of Daitoku temple in Kyoto who hold a number of his works. Pieces by this artist are held internationally by museums including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stockholm Museum of Art, and the Urasenke Chado Research Center, Miho Museum.

Trained in a Zen temple before becoming a potter, Tsujimura Shiro (b. 1947) is not your typical craftsm...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1990 item #1425419 (stock #TRC210305)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$850
This remarkable tea bowl is from the kilns of Yoshida Shuen (1940-1987)—an apprentice of Miwa Kyusetsu (1910-2012) who was awarded the status of Living National Treasure in 1983. It features a milky translucent glaze somewhat resembling coral, with a few small portions of the foot of the tea bowl exposed, displaying the reddish coarse clay that this piece is fashioned from.

Hagi-yaki has a tradition stretching back over 400 years and is a high-fired stoneware type of pottery. Hag...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1426193 (stock #TRC210304)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$3,250
Seated in meditation with open and compassionate heart, this bodhisattva is on a spiritual journey, postponing his own salvation in order to remain on earth to help others achieve enlightenment. In contrast to some images of the Japanese Bodhisattva (Bosatsu), often depicted as austere and inward looking, here, Kimura depicts the Bodhisattva as playful, carefree, and decidedly ornate. The inverted image of white contrast dye on black silk also makes for a striking composition.

A mas...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1440056 (stock #TRC210303)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,150
Descended directly from the Raku household of potters in Kyoto, Ohi is known as some of the highest quality tea-ware in Japan. The 10th generation Chozaemon is especially appreciated for his masterful technique and high-quality pieces. This one has the added distinction of being endorsed by Hōunsai, the 15th head tea master of Urasenke and of having a expertly applied gold repair along the front of the vessel. Perfect for collectors and practitioners of tea alike.

Born the son of t...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1431350 (stock #TRC2103025)
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In the world of Japanese ceramics, Tamamizu-ware has an almost mythical standing. A branch of the main Raku line, at one time the two kilns held equal prominence, both being endorsed by the major tea schools of Kyoto and both being favored by the Imperial household. The first in the line was an illegitimate son of Kichizaemon Ichinyu (Yahē) who studied under his father and then left to open his own kiln in the village of Tamamizu (known today as Ide-cho). Though he is the first potter of the Ta...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1414325 (stock #TRC210302)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,250
Decidedly masculine in character with straight sculpted edges, a rich palette of color, and a calm steadiness in the hand; this tea bowl was crafted by one of Japan’s great masters, a Mashiko potter by the name of Takauchi Shugo.

A native of Tokyo, Takauchi (b. 1937) took the well-established path of working for a company after graduating from university and it was not until a number of years later—upon visiting the town of Mashiko and being inspired by the works of artists such...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1970 item #1435008 (stock #TRC210301)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$3,250
Yuzo Kondo is one of the more recognized names in the world of modern Japanese pottery of the 20th century. Though known mainly for his sometsuke creations (blue and white porcelain), he did not settle on this style until well into his potting career that lasted nearly seven decades. The piece shown here is from an earlier period and has been expertly repaired with gold joinery. One of the most striking kintsugi pieces I have personally come across, this exquisite jar has the added distinction o...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1388948 (stock #TRC210228)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,200
Sugimoto Sadamitsu (b. 1935) is one of the most important Shigaraki potters alive today and continues to create master works at the ripe old age of 83. Originally a resident of Tokyo, at the age of 33 he moved to Shigaraki and started creating high-quality tea-ware implements, most notably, fine tea bowls in the style of early Raku masters. A devotee of Zen and a lover of tea, Sugimoto is able to create tea bowls that are not just attractive, pleasant to hold in the hand, and a joy to drink from...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1700 item #1440749 (stock #TRC210227)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,750
A fine example of Edo period Kano painting, this generously proportioned hanging scroll illustrates a late autumn scene from the Japanese countryside over 300 years ago. The poem on the scroll reads:

Solitary, with the color, of nothingness
A close to autumn, on a ring of mountaintops

The painter, Minenobu Kano (1662 - 1708), was greatly admired by the Ienobu Tokugawa shogunate who eventually promoted him to the position of inner-court artist. As a result...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1430863 (stock #TRC210226)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,500
A beautiful example of a Hakeme style bowl, this one quite rare as it was made around 200 years ago by the son of the founder of the Dohachi line of potters. Traditionally decorated using a brush made from rice straw, a white slip is applied to the darker clay body with a wide sweeping stroke to achieve the effect seen here. Over time this style became a favorite among Japanese tea masters for its natural and unpretentious feeling.

One of the most well-known names in Kyoto pottery, ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1440331 (stock #TRC210223)
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The potter who made this exquisite Oribe tea bowl came to be master of his craft in a rather unusual way. Born into a potting family and eventually taking over as the 6th generations head of the kiln. He carried on the family tradition while incorporating ancient potting techniques and methods from foreign lands. Here in this Oribe piece, you can detect a deeper than usual luster to the black glaze, a certain uniqueness in the style of painting, and a golden hue to the feldspar contrast medium, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1440429 (stock #TRC210220)
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A black Raku ceremonial tea bowl displaying an excellent patina bestowed by time. The light colored clay peeks through in areas giving this piece a unique feel. Though the box is signed by the artist known as Rakuen, details on this particular potter seem to be lost to time. Condition of the box and the look of the tea bowl suggest a date of produced sometime in late Edo to Meiji (100-200 year ago).

In excellent condition, this tea bowl is 4.3 inches in diameter at its widest point ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1440197 (stock #TRC210219)
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One of the most important Japanese potters of the 20th century, skilled in an impressive number of styles, today his pieces can be found in museum collections around the world. The kintsugi used here was recently reapplied by a top artisan and uses copper, which, with age should display a blueish color to complement the cobalt blue of the dish.

Born the second son of the head priest of Kamigamo Shrine in the north of Kyoto (very close to our gallery), Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959) is...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1439972 (stock #TRC210218)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$3,750
Master of a very difficult technique from the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) known in Japanese as Neriage, the potter who created this elegant vase uses extreme precision to combine sheets of differing types of clay, culminating in a unique visual effect. While many of his pieces are ringed with swirls of colors, this one is more modern and subdued. With quite a lot of character, this lovely vase will draw attention without being overpowering.

Born in Nagano, Kosei Matsui (1927-20...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1440323 (stock #TRC210217)
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According to Kei Wakao, the artist who crafted this extraordinary work, it took him years of trial-and-error to perfect the unique rice-porcelain glaze covering this finely shaped vase. Not only was it a challenge to achieve the demure milky translucence of the glaze—similar to the appearance of a grain of rice when held to the light—but also to get the right flowing consistency and pooling effect in desired areas.

Born in 1974 as the eldest son to a well-established kiln in th...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Contemporary item #1439980 (stock #TRC210212)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$875
Being based in Kyoto we occasionally come across fine Chinese and Korean tea-ware to mix in with our Japanese offerings. Here we have an example of a ceremonial tea bowl from the Shinragi kiln in Korea. Pieces like the one seen here are baked in a traditional wood-fired “climbing kiln” at a temperature of over 1,300 degrees for 5 days. Fashioned after classical works held in museum collections, the motifs are timeless and captivating.

In excellent condition, this piece is 5.5 in...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Contemporary item #1440326 (stock #TRC210211)
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The trademark glaze on this delightful sake flask (tokkuri) is by none other than 8th generation Hagi potter Masanao Kaneta. Close inspection reveals flecks of reflective powdered shell on a backdrop of thick, translucent glaze with hues of orchid, salmon, and ivory. One of our favorite Hagi potters, if you have not previously experienced works by this artist we cannot recommend him enough.

Like the seven generations who proceeded him, Masanao Kaneta (b. 1953) learned his Hagi tech...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 2000 item #1437569 (stock #TRC210121)
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A master work by one of the top artisans of the late 20th century—the result of techniques perfected over centuries by dedicated craftsmen residing in districts in and around Kyoto. This black Raku-style tea bowl produced by Sugimoto Sadamitsu beautifully exemplifies the essence of "wabi-cha" or the philosophy of finding beauty and deep philosophic meaning in rustic simplicity.

Sugimoto (b. 1935) is one of the most important Shigaraki potters alive today and continues to create...