An extremely rare perfectly potted Zheghu Ban Partridge Breast mottled Tenmoku tea bowl. Looking inside this Tenmoku chawan is like glazing deep into the cosmos. There one can understand the meaning of microcosm and ask whether one is looking inward or outward; probably both.
The bowl gets its uniqueness from the fact that the glaze looks like a highly rare mixture of partridge-breast mottles that nearly look like oil-spots.
Cizhou-type ware, Southern Song 12th - early 13...
Hard to find nowadays: fairly shoe shaped (kutsugata) tea bowl, made of light, coarse, unrefined Mino clay. The expertly thrown body was covered with a potter's knife in its shoulder and around the foot ring.
The brim of this bowl covered with a green copper oxide glaze and the lower part was left unglazed and decorated in iron oxide with buddhist wheel of law on two opposite sides over which finally a transparent ash glaze was applied. The wheels were additionally highlighted with...
What a rare and impressive Chawan, made during the mid Edo Period (1603-1868) - Seto-Karatsu Kutsu Chawan with a wonderful shape and a vivid Seto glaze, which which partly looks like the glaze of Chinese Song-Dynasty Tenmoku tea bowls. Really one of a kind.
It has no chips, cracks or repairs and comes with an old Japanese wooden box. The inside of the lid bares the appraisal of the first Mashimizu Zoroku 初代 真清水蔵六 (1822-1877). Shimizu Tasaburo the First learned pottery...
A very rare, noble and artful Hirado Chawan with traces of playful glaze surrounding the bowl like icing. It dates from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and is in great antique condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
Since such tea bowls are very rare to find, it is a wonderful addition to any serious collection of Japanese tea ceramics.
Hirado wares—alternately known as Mikawachi wares in some contexts—are known throughout Japan and also abroad for their high quality ...
What an amazing statue: early 18th century four-armed Avalokiteshvara purple bronze Buddha, the Bodhisattva of infinite compassion.
The statue is made of high class purple bronze, with rests of gilt and color, very impressing with 51 cm (20'') height and a weight of approx. 10kg.
Spontaneous as a poet’s imagination, or the flow of the waters of a rivulet descending down a mountain peak, there seems to flow in the fluidity of the lines and contours of the statue the com...
Beautiful golden Kyo-yaki tea bowl by Murata Toshimitsu in perfect condition with the design of hand painted iris flowers. It was made 50 years ago and comes with originally signed and sealed wooden box.
Murata Toshimitsu 村田俊光 was born 1941. After graduating from Kyoto Ceramic Training School, he started training in ceramics under the guidance of his father Murata Toen and succeeded the family business.
Selected for the Japan Traditional Craft Exhibition for the f...
One of the very rare Buddhist Tea Bowls with a sculptural image of Bodhidharma Daruma. The incomparable Seto-yaki tea bowl was made at the end of 19th century and is in great antique condition with no cracks or repairs.
The historical Bodhidharma (known as Daruma in Japan) was an Indian sage who lived sometime in the fifth or sixth century AD. He is commonly considered the founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism 禅, and credited with Chan's introduction to China. (Important Note: Zen is the...
A striking late 19th century Shigaraki Chawan with one of the most beautiful Kintsugi repairs we have ever seen. A mixture of lacquer and gold powder showing a traditional Karakusa pattern - a real unicum.
This aesthetically pleasing highest quality Kintsugi gold repair was made and in 1974 by Arakawa Kentaro, former master craftsman of the Tokyo National Museum.
The 'kara' of Karakusa means 'China', while 'kusa' means 'plant'. The Karakusa pattern came to Japan from China...
Perfectly shaped Shino Chawan with beautifully crackled Shino glaze and with the image of 3 Noh mai dancers.
It is extremely rare to find an antique tea bowl with a Noh mai dance motif.
This Chawan was made at the end of the 19th century. The signature of the artist is inscribed close to the foot ring.
Noh mai means „traditional movement“ and came from China to western Japan It was heavily influenced by the elegance and sophistication of the manners often a...
From our family collection of Japanese art from Living National Treasures:
Perfectly shaped Bizen Chawan from legendary Toyo Kaneshige (1896 - 1967). It was made 55 years ago and is in absolutely great condition.
Born into the Kaneshige family, one of the six kilns of Bizen, as the son of wakigama-style potter Kaneshige Baiyo, Toyo was trained by his father from early childhood and became adept at pottery techniques, with handicrafts and engraved ornaments being his partic...
A magnificent Kogaratsu Katakuchi Chawan (Ko-Karatsu tea bowl with a pouring spout), fired between the Azushi Momoyama period (1573-1603) and the early stage of the Edo Period (1603-1868).
It is no exaggeration to say that this tea bowl needs to be described as a true museum quality piece of art.
Especially such old Karatsu bowls are rarely available in the version of a Katakuchi bowl. Essentially, it's a bowl with a spout. But not just any bowl: its details are special...
One of a kind - a rare 17th century Kiyomizu Chawan with a wonderful thick and vivid hand painted Sakura scenery. Such old Kiyomizu items in perfect antique condition are very, very rare.
It comes with an antique wooden box.
Kyo ware/Kiyomizu ware are works of art that illustrate the scenery of the four seasons in Kyoto or feature drawings that bring good luck. A lot of the vessels are made by using the technique wherein the clay is baked once before being painted. They...
A beautiful example of an antique Shigaraki Tsubo (storage jar) Vase displaying classic Shigaraki markings of red ochre, pale and natural ash glaze.
This eye-catching tsubo dates back to the the beginning of the 17th century, early Edo Period (1603-1868).
Standing in front of this massive tsubo with its aesthetic form, its Higaki Mon (檜垣文, cypress fence pattern), its rough natural glazes and sparkling tsuchi-aji (clay flavor), one cannot help but feel in awe of thei...
A beautiful example of Shigaraki pottery—the result of techniques perfected over centuries by dedicated artisans residing in the provinces east of Kyoto. This piece achieves a kind of asymmetrical balance of both form and color, displaying classic Shigaraki markings of emerald green, red ochre, and pale ash.
The Shigaraki kilns in Shiga prefecture have been an active pottery centre since the Kamakura period (1185–1333) and continue to produce pottery up to the present day. Like...
An incredible mixture of gray and lavender colors on the sculpted natural form of this expressive Chawan by the 8th generation Kaneta Masanao.
It comes with its originally signed and sealed wooden box titled Hagi Hai-yu (ash glazed) Kurinuki Chawan.
The style is Kurinuki, not formed on a wheel but cut and worked from a block of clay, an approach the artist is world wide famous for.
Masanao likely needs no introduction. Born in 1953, son of seventh generation pott...
One of such rare antique Hagi Chawan with wonderful milky white glaze from the 18th century, perfectly thrown and highlighted with an old gold restoration, a fantastic gintsugi (kintsugi) which makes our Hagi tea bowl even more valuable and outstanding.
Like many of the great Japanese ceramic traditions of western Japan, Hagi originated with Korean potters. Indeed, in the Momoyama era (1573-1603) and in the early years of the Edo period (1603 - 1867), ceramics like Karatsu, Agano, ...
A rare Buddhist Zeze tea bowl by great Seki Omo with hand painted Shinto Shrine Ema and votive picture tablets, enclosed in the originally signed and sealed wooden box. This rare work of Seko was made 30 years ago.
Zeze ware has been considered to be one of the Enshu Shichiyo, the seven best kilns selected by Enshu Kobori (1579-1647) who was a master of tea ceremony and also a military commander in the early Edo period. His favorite teaware was fired in these seven kilns under his ...
We are glad to present you this Edo period chawan by Japans greatest Poet Rengetsu Ōtagaki ( 1791-1875 ).
It shows a 31-syllable poem of herself and her signature tastefully carved onto the tea bowl. The poem says:
Without a sound
rain falls, also unseen
the morning wetness
in heavily sagging
fronds of green ...