Fine Japanese art and tea implements
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1464496 (stock #TRC220707)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,000.00
An example of some of the finest porcelain modern Japan has to offer. According to the Wakao Kei, the artist who crafted this piece, it took him years of trial and error to perfect these stunning translucent glazes and associated techniques such as getting the right flowing consistency and pooling effect around the base. The unglazed portions at the foot of the bowl seen here in pictures was created by the artist's fingers as he plunged the vessel into the glaze while holding firmly to the porce...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Sculptural : Contemporary item #1463686 (stock #TRC220615)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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From a well-known series entitled “Chōtō” (Listening to the Waves) this large contoured vase features a sandy glaze that the sculptor claims is an expression of the features of the landscape where he grew up. The Chōtō series that launched his career proved to be wildly popular and today a number of pieces are held by museums around the world including: Brooklyn Museum; Hyôgo Museum of Ceramics; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Musée National de Céramique, Sè...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Pre 1980 item #1463541 (stock #TRC220613)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,750.00
Endorsed by the recent Head Tea Master of Urasenke as an exceptional work, this black Raku tea bowl was granted the poetic name “Kokon” Ko, meaning “the distant past” and Kon meaning “the here and now.” This name carries with it the connotation that tradition and accumulated generational knowledge can, in a sense, connect us with the people, places, and situations of times gone by; helping us better understand our present day roles in the ongoing play of form and energy.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1361414 (stock #TRC220611)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,500.00
This small vessel, similar in a shape to a tokkuri, is a fine example of Oni Shino (carbon trap and natural ash glazing) that Tsukigata is so well-known for. Coining the term in the mid-50’s after countless failed experiments—which ultimately culminated in the discovery of this unique style of pottery—“Oni” translates roughly to demon or ogre. Fired at extreme temperatures for days in an anagama, the iron in the clay and in the glaze fuse, drip, and coalesce—while at the same time bl...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1462963 (stock #TRC220527)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$3,000.00
An example of some of the finest porcelain modern Japan has to offer. According to the Wakao Kei, the artist who crafted this piece, it took him years of trial and error to perfect these stunning translucent glazes and associated techniques such as getting the right flowing consistency and pooling effect around the base. The unglazed portions at the base seen here in pictures was created by the artists fingers as he plunged the vessel into the glaze while holding firmly to the porcelain body—a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1456801 (stock #TRC220522)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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Revered Chinese scholar and tea master, Lù Yǔ is known as the “Sage of Tea” and is credited with advancing the practice of tea through the writing of his life’s work,The Classic of Tea. Here we see a masterful rendition of this historic figure done by one of the most iconic Kyoto painters—and founder of the Maruyama school—Maruyama Ōkyo.

Student of Ishida Yutei (1772-1786), Maruyama studied primarily Kano and Tosa painting and was influenced greatly by western art, par...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1444186 (stock #TRC220411)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$3,500.00
Living in Kyoto it is not uncommon to come across beautiful antique tea bowls, however, finding pieces that are in good condition, aesthetically compelling, and with all of the trappings that let you know they were cared for by a devoted cha-jin can be quite challenging. Here we see all three. The shape of this tea bowl is exquisite and something I have not seen before in an Oribe piece. The lacquer box, while not the original was undoubtedly custom made for this tea bowl and looks to be 100 - 2...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1492 item #1457721 (stock #TRC220406)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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A classic renditions of the Bodhidharma (more commonly known as the Daruma in Japan), this scroll from the Muromachi period (1336-1573) depicts the legendary monk who famously introduced Buddhism to China. Originally from India, he is said to have traveled across the Himalayas on foot to share the wisdom and knowledge from his studies of meditation which later spread to Japan, Korea, and other parts of the world. In Japanese Buddhist paintings from Edo to the present, the Daruma is often seen as...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1960 item #1426915 (stock #TRC220321)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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Conceived by 20th century master ceramicist Kawai Kanjiro—here an abstract depiction of flowers is used to adorn an exquisite “henko” shaped vase. The glaze used is known as “tetsu-yu” for its use of iron compounds to achieve this distinctive look. Though many pieces by Kanjiro remain today, this exact combination of style, shape, and glazing is uncommon, making this a must-have work for serious collectors.

Like so many greats throughout history, Kanjiro (1890 - 1966) was ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1444130 (stock #TRC220319)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,750.00
Accents formed using iron pigment stand out across a backdrop of blue-green glaze. The base and a portion of the inside of this ceremonial tea bowl are unglazed displaying rich clay. Created by Shibayama Toshiya, this is an example of contemporary Japanese ceramics at its finest.

A native of Nagoya Shibayama (b. 1959) is exceptionally versatile, working in styles such as Seto, Shino, Karatsu, and Shigaraki among others. A practitioner of tea himself, Shibayama is known for crafting ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1700 item #1445238 (stock #TRC220317)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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Over the years we have taken a special interest in Raku-ware and especially in works produced by the Tamamizu kiln, such as the 300+ year old ceremonial tea bowl seen here. The first in this line of potters was Yahē (1662 - 1722), an illegitimate son of Kichizaemon Ichinyu (1615 - 1768) 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 this branch, he is sometimes referred to as Tamamizu VI, deno...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Vases : Pre 2000 item #1439972 (stock #TRC220315)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,500.00
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 : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1700 item #1456304 (stock #TRC220315)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$3,750.00
At various times over the long history of tea practice in Japan, Korean-ware has come into high fashion and ships full of the finest ceramics from the neighboring country were brought to its shores. Such pieces have long been favored by learned cha-jin (tea people); and, older pieces such as this are quite prized today as relatively few from this era have survived in such good condition.

With skillfully applied antique gold repairs, this exceptional tea bowl dates from the early ha...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1700 item #1459918 (stock #TRC220308)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$7,500.00


Currently awaiting an uncertain succession to the 14th generation, this preeminent line of craftsmen has been a cornerstone of Hagi pottery for over 400 years. Here we see an historically important work by the second generation potter dated to the Japanese Era “Kanbun” (1661-1671)—placing it as a very mature work, completed near or at the very end of the life of this craftsman.

In fine antique condition, this piece is 12.1cm at its widest point and stands 8.2cm ta...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1970 item #1459915 (stock #TRC220301)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$750.00
Deceptively simple and notoriously difficult to apply with the calligrapher’s brush in one fluid, arching stroke; the symbol of the ensō has long been associated with strength, elegance, and the simultaneous being and non-being of the universe. A closed ensō (such as the one featured here) is more closely associated with the idea of transcendent perfection, while an open ensō represents movement, fluidity, and attainment in the corporeal world. Though the monk who created this piece, Hasega...
All Items : Artists : Folk Art : Pre 2000 item #1458192 (stock #TRC220127)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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A second generation basket weaver from Beppu, Hakuun-sai (1918 - 2012) was known for producing high-quality bamboo and rattan pieces such as the one seen here. Exceptionally well-known during his time, he exhibited his works quite actively, both in Japan and abroad. As a result, he receive a number of high-level commissions from heads of state including Prime Minister Nakasone and Emperor Akihito to name a few.

In excellent condition, this piece is 5.2 inches in diameter at its wid...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1458195 (stock #TRC220125)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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A rare and exquisite piece by the 12th Kichizaemon (1857-1932) of the Raku lineage, now in its 16th generation. Not only with excellent documentation including a certification and endorsement by famed tea-master Sei-sai and a record from its sale at the Tokyo Art Club in 1938, there are many facets of this work that make it a must-have for serious collectors. The color is quite unique among Raku tea bowls with a distinctive yellow glaze that you rarely find on works such as this. Next, the gold ...
All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Bowls : Contemporary item #1423714 (stock #TRC220124)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$2,300.00
The artist who produced this piece, Wataru Motomura, prides himself in living a traditional life in the eastern hills of Kyoto—long known for its rich clay and idyllic pastoral lands. Though the form of this vessel appears innovative and modern, the techniques and materials used to produce it have been around for many hundreds of years. Taking inspiration from the varied pottery traditions of his native Hyogo, Motomura is also known to use clay and methods from the Shigaraki region and many of...