Fine Japanese art and tea implements
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1920 item #1370946 (stock #TRC1834)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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During the Meiji period there were only five potters ever to be awarded the prestigious designation of Imperial Court Artist: Ito Tozan, Seifu Yohei III, Miyagawa Kozan, Itaya Hazan, and the artist whose work is featured here, Suwa Sozan. Several years prior to receiving this designation, Sozan spent a period of time in Korea where he undertook the formidable task of excavating and restoring ancient Korean kilns in an attempt to replicate traditional techniques used in centuries past...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1369742 (stock #TRC1832)
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This peach-shaped suiteki (water dropper for calligraphy) is made of fine kinuta celadon from one of the great masters of the Meiji era—Suwa Sozan. A classic design, the peach is said to represent long-life for mortals and immortality for the gods in asian folklore. According to legend, the moon goddess—a powerful alchemist—can make an elixir from peaches that grow in the garden of the western paradise with miraculous revitalizing properties...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1700 item #1369681 (stock #TRC1831)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,675.00
Stemming from the philosophy of wabi-sabi—often described as the beauty found in the imperfection and transience of the world—cracks and repairs in a work of pottery are often seen as highlighting the history and importance of a ceramic object. Practitioners of tea in particular are fond of reminding us that works repaired with lacquer and gold such as the one featured here become more resilient and beautiful for having been damaged...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1920 item #1369372 (stock #TRC1829)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,475.00
This skillfully crafted porcelain vase with blue underglaze enamel is masterfully painted with vines, flowers, and arabesque patterns...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1366752 (stock #TRC1827)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,895.00
Used for ceremonial purposes by the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties. Traditionally, the jue vessel was made of bronze with a pouring spout on either end and a pair of capped posts rising from the rim. This ceramic jue cup is done in fine porcelain with underglaze enamel and is described on the tomobako as being a jue-shaped incense burner (korou)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1900 item #1361022 (stock #TRC1825)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$4,500.00
This tea bowl crafted by one of the great masters of Japanese pottery depicts Meota Iwa—a famous Japanese landmark in Mie. Symbolizing the union between two divine deities, Izanagi (said to be the larger rock, though there is no consensus on this point) and his wife Izanami, the two are joined by a shimenawa (heavy straw rope used in Japanese Shinto ceremonies). This straw rope is quite massive and must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1368487 (stock #TRC1823)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$895.00
Stemming from the philosophy of wabi-sabi—often described as the beauty found in the imperfection and transience of the world—cracks and repairs in a work of pottery are often seen as highlighting the history and importance of a ceramic object. Practitioners of tea in particular are fond of reminding us that works repaired with lacquer and gold such as the one featured here become more resilient and beautiful for having been damaged...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1368480 (stock #TRC1822)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$825.00
With a slender balanced foot firmly grounded, the skillful lacquer repairs on this bowl highlight the age and importance of this work which likely dates from the Edo period. Stemming from the philosophy of wabi-sabi or, beauty in the imperfect, cracks and repairs in a work of pottery are often seen as highlighting the history of the object and are thus celebrated as such...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1800 item #1359614 (stock #TRC1821)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,550.00
A very interesting chawan (tea bowl) dating from the Korean Joseon period (Richo in Japanese; 1392-1897). This particular piece appears to date from the 16th/ 17th century and comes with a very old box which appears to have been furnished sometime in Edo. The light creamy crackled glaze is smooth in the hand and fine hairline fractures radiate along the sides of the bowl contrasting nicely with the gold repairs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1368370 (stock #TRC1819)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,800.00
Considered auspicious symbols of wealth, status, and good fortune; foo dogs—commonly referred to as shishi or koma-inu in Japan—are often seen in pairs guarding shrines, straddling the doorways of shops, and protecting public buildings. This fierce guardian appears to be made from bronze, has very detailed and skillful etching, and a wonderful patina that would place it sometime before the turn of the last century.

Guardian lions are commonly seen in pairs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1367885 (stock #TRC1816)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
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This celadon statue depicts the legendary Daruma Daishi—the monk who introduced Buddhism to China. Originally from India, he traveled across the Himalayas on foot to share the wisdom and knowledge from his studies, which later spread to Japan, Korea, and other parts of the world. The head and base of this statue are unglazed showing the fine porcelain clay from which it is crafted...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1315948 (stock #TRC1815)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$1,650.00
Dating from early-to-mid Edo the shape of this unique Karatsu piece is referred to as a “takadai-zara” in Japanese, or high-footed serving platter. Modeled on similar Korean pieces from the early Joseon Dynasty, the platter was made using coarse, unrefined clay with high iron oxide content. The clay which forms the bowl shows impurities, intentional pitting, and small stones peeking through the clay making for an interesting ceramic landscape...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1700 item #1367869 (stock #TRC1813)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$895.00
Considered an auspicious symbols of wealth, status, and good fortune, foo dogs—commonly referred to as shishi or komainu in Japan—are often seen in pairs guarding shrines, straddling the doorways of shops, and protecting public buildings. The yellow Seto-ware shishi featured here is an antique from the Momoyama period that displays a soft patina developed over many decades of use...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1900 item #1301259 (stock #TRC1812)
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This playful image of a Japanese raccoon dog (tanuki) enjoying a flask of saké was done by one of the most renowned and loved waka poets of the 19th century, Ōtagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875).

Born into a Samurai family but soon after adopted by the Ōtagaki family, from the age of seven to sixteen Rengetsu was a lady in waiting at Kameoka castle where she was trained in the arts and courtly graces...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1367814 (stock #TRC1810)
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This captivating bin-kake, or traditional brazier for tea ceremony, is crafted from fine celadon porcelain using methods first perfected in the southern Song Dynasty. The outside is decorated with low-relief Peony flowers which display a vivid sheen, owing mainly to the expert craftsmanship of the Meiji period Imperial Court artist Suwa Sozan who created this wonderful masterpiece...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1366449 (stock #TRC1807)
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Over 100 years old, this exquisite lacquered box set was crafted in the fourth year of Taisho (1915). On the underside of the lid are painted butterflies and the sides and top of the box set feature Chrysanthemum flowers in gold, sumi, and mother-of-pearl. Long considered an auspicious symbol of longevity and rejuvenation in Japan, when first introduced to the island nation during the Nara period (710 – 793 AC), the Japanese Royal Family was fascinated with the Chrysanthemum. Over time, it bec...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1366412 (stock #TRC1806)
Kyoto Ceramics and Fine Art
$675.00
This finely crafted Japanese yakkan (copper teapot) shows the kind of beautiful patina that can only be achieved with time and careful used and looks to date from the Meiji period of the late 1800s.

The brilliant rich auburn color of this type of metalwork is achieved by adding smoked straw during the firing process and often deepens in character over time. The resulting stained metal canvas makes the perfect backdrop for the decorative autumn grasses, flowers, maple trees, and drif...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1365065 (stock #TRC1804)
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This peach-shaped kogo (incense box) is made of fine kinuta celadon from one of the great masters of the Meiji era—Suwa Sozan. A classic design, the peach is said to represent long-life for mortals and immortality for the gods in asian folklore. According to legend, the moon goddess—a powerful alchemist—can make an elixir from peaches that grow in the garden of the western paradise with miraculous revitalizing properties.

Suwa Sozan the first (1852—1922) was born in an area...