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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1473392 (stock #22-70)
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$400.00
Chawan, or tea bowl, for use in the the tea ceremony. Fine gray stoneware turned out rather thin of almost round shape, with a ‘soul’ in the bottom, standing on a bamboo shaped foot, a swirl inside the foot. Opaque yellow glaze with fine crackle covers the ceramic. Over the yellow a white slip hakeme brush stroke on the outside and on the inside.

Seto region, Japan, 19th century

H 3 x W 5.25 x D 5 in.

Two unprofessionally, but lovingly repaired chips at the lip. One on the inside, one on the outside. One ‘almost’-chip on the lip with frittings. Small glaze losses on the inside and outside and more so in the hakeme. Nevertheless good piece in stable condition.

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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1950 item #1471378 (stock #11075)
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$1,500.00
Round tea bowl of more or less circular shape on a bamboo node foot. Fine cream-colored stoneware with decoration in the form of an abstracted character in slightly raised slip relief on opposite sides of the bowl. The bowl is covered in a light gray glaze on the inside, the outside is covered in a bright copper red glaze, turned brown along the foot.

No potter’s mark, but the bowl has strong resemblances to works by Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966). The foot, the underglaze slip-trail decoration, the clay and the glazes are all pointing to the master. No storage box.

Japan, first half 20th century

H 3.6 x Diam. 4.25 in.

Mint condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1700 item #1471034 (stock #11072)
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$1,500.00
Chawan, tea bowl to be used in the tea ceremony, of distorted oval shape (kutsu or clog, or shoe-shape). Thick cream-colored stoneware that turned red during firing in the unglazed area, covered with a translucent greenish ash glaze that collected in the bottom and around the rim and is very thin around the sides. The sides are ‘rough’, giving a look into the clay.

Japan, Seto region, very early Edo period.

H 3 x W 5.5 in.

Excellent condition

Comes with a red silk pouch and a fitted storage box of wood, not inscribed.

Excellent size for smaller hands.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #1469855 (stock #22-64)
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$300.00
Ovoid vase of fine whitish stoneware covered with a clear and finely crackled glaze, decorated in overglaze multi-color enamels and gold. Flowers of the four seasons, such as magnolia, peony, iris, chrysanthemum, painted in open folding fan cartouches between loose flowers, diamond patterns, wave patterns and arabesques, completely filling the surface.

Bottom signed: Dai Nihon Kinkozan.

Japan, Kyoto, Kinkozan studio, Meiji era, around 1900

H 7.5 in. (19cm)

Excellent condition

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1469849 (stock #10860)
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$600.00
Wall vase of irregular cylindrical shape. Middle brown stoneware with irregular natural ash glaze dripping decoration. Metal eye at the back for hanging. Marked with 3 dots at bottom, which is the mark of the Karatsu potter Nakazato Toraemon XII Muan. Japan, around 1960s/1970s.

H ca 7 in., W at foot 4 ¼ in.

Mint condition. The piece does not come with a box.

Nakazato Muan (1895-1985) inherited the artist name Taroemon XII, in 1927, following his father who was Taroemon XI. In 1928 he reconstructed the Ochawan kiln that had been used since feudal times. He studied old Karatsu ware, which had died a long time ago, in an attempt to revive it.
1955: Acknowledges as an Intangible Cultural Asset for Karatsu ware
1967: Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon
1969: Received the Fourth Class Order of the Sacred Treasure
1970: Received the Western Japan Culture Award
1976: Acknowledged as an Important Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) for Karatsu ware
In 1959 Taroemon XII retired and entered priesthood in Daitokuji in Kyoto, carrying the name Muan henceforth. His son took over the business under the name Taroemon XIII. Muan dedicated himself from there on to creating his original pottery.

All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Porcelain : Pre 2000 item #1468870 (stock #11073)
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$800.00
Tall and massive porcelain vase in the shape of a double gourd, the lower section squared. Decorated in overglaze, traditional Kutani enamels (yellow, blue, green, red, purple and touches of gold) with medallions with thistles, grapes, fruits, butterflies, crickets. On bottom a traditional green square seal: Kutani Masao.

Japan, probably around 2000

H 10 x W 4.75 in.

Mint condition

Miyamoto Masao (b. 1971), son of renowned Kutani potter Miyamoto Tadao, graduated 1996 from Tokyo University of the Arts. In 1999 he was certified as a regular member of the Japan Crafts Association. He participated in several prestigious exhibitions and won awards. Masao works both in traditional Kutani shapes and colors and in more avant garde style. The kiln is called Shinseigama.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1910 item #1468505 (stock #11070)
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$340.00
Clay doll figurine of a standing Shiba puppy dog, dressed up with a multi-layered collar with bells.

Very soft clay modeled in a mold and fired at low heat. Painted with gofun (ground eggshell producing the white color), natural/mineral pigments and gold, applied after the figure has cooled. The soles of the paws are left uncolored (light brown)

Japan, Meiji era, about 1900.

H 7.4 x L 7 x W 3.25 in.

The black and white of the dog’s fur is soiled, rubbed, and somewhat crumbling and fragile, showing partially the underlying brown clay, some touch-ups in the black areas; all in all, in good, stable condition

Clay dolls – kawara ningyo - have been produced in large quantities all over Japan at least since the early Edo period. They were made as toys and souvenirs for travelers. Clay was hand-modeled or put in molds to make different shapes, which were fired at a low heat. Subsequently, each figurine was painted with bright (mineral/natural) colors. It is a craft, mingei or folk art, with regional differences in colors and subject matter. In Koga, Nagasaki, the subject was mostly figures related to the foreigner traders that were living in the Nagasaki area, such as Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch, but also monkeys and other animals.
In the early days, a large variety of models were made. Although the dolls are still made today, the number of different models has been reduced.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1910 item #1466009 (stock #11069)
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$500.00
Tall and slender jug in the shape of a storage jar for pickles or in the shape of an actual octopus pot (trap).
Grayish brown stoneware built up from coils of clay; the inside covered with green glaze, the outside left unglazed. On the outside sits a dark brown, three-dimensional octopus, the way an octopus would sit on an octopus trap under water, on its way to inspect the inside of the jug.

Black ink inscription, almost washed away completely.

Unsigned. Seto ware, probably Meiji era (ca. 1900).

H 10.25 x W at widest point ca. 6 in.

Small and old chip at edge of foot, few minor frittings along the bottom edge. All in all in very good condition

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1464393 (stock #11059)
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$300.00
Slightly tapered vase with horizontal ribs made of white stoneware, covered in a mottled glaze with cream and brown tones. On the front in white enamel and gold a winding, three-clawed dragon has been hand-painted. The back of the vase is flattened and there is a square opening towards the top of the vase, that allows an J-shaped hook to grab into it and hang it against the wall.

Traditional vase for ikebana, flower arrangement.

In the bottom there is a potter’s seal in the shape of a double gourd: Koji (unidentified).

Japan, Meiji-Taisho era, 1910s

H 7.8 in.

Excellent condition

All Items : Artists : Ceramics : Pottery : Jars : Pre 1980 item #1464127 (stock #11067)
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$300.00
Jug for holding fresh water for the tea ceremony, called mizusashi. Wheel thrown, thin stoneware of slightly irregular beaker shape (slightly bulging belly towards the bottom and straight sides going up). The mouth is slightly oval. Black-brown iridescent glaze. Custom made black lacquered fitted wooden cover. Seto ware, or black Oribe.

Impressed potter seal Sakusuke inside gourd, and engraved smiley-shaped kao.

H 5.75 (with cover) x W 6.25 in.

Japan, ca 1970s

Undamaged condition

Comes with a wooden storage box inscribed on the cover: Seto; and signed Sakusuke saku and with the artist’s seal

Kato Sakusuke IV (1909-1996) was the 25th in line from Kato Kagemasa, the founder of Seto ware.
He graduated from the Kyoto Vocational School for Industrial Crafts in 1932, and trained in Kyoto for three more years. After returning to Seto and began making pottery under the guidance of his father. He inherited the title of Sakusuke IV in 1944.
He studied the traditional techniques of Oribe, Kuro-Oribe, Ki-Seto, and Ofuke, creating masterful and traditional ceramic/ceremonial works. In 1984 he was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property of the Prefecture of Aichi.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1960 item #1463956 (stock #10038)
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$450.00
Large peach-shaped bowl decorated on in- and outside with a bold Rinpa design of flowering red, white and blue camellias and leaves. Over a cream-colored coarse stoneware a thin layer of cream-colored slip has been applied, on top of which overglaze blue, black, green, red, white enamels and gold.

On the outside in a white rectangular reserve with black outlines the signature Kenzan. Japan, 1950s.

In the style of Ogata Kenzan or Ogata Kenzan studio.

H 4; w 12 inches.

Tiny chip on inner rim, otherwise excellent condition.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Sculpture : Pre 1960 item #1463769 (stock #21-13)
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$325.00
Daruma standing tall, wrapped tightly in his garment, the tips of his feet just peeping out. The bottom section of his garment is flapping in the wind. This pose is associated with the episode in which Daruma travels to China, crossing the river Yangzi, while standing on a reed.
The figure was molded in a cast in two halves (front and back) and joined before firing. A hole in the back functions as a vent and prevents the statue from exploding while fired in the kiln.
Stoneware with some gomma. Details are beautifully worked.
Small seal impressed in the back: Bizen … [illegible].

H 10.25 inches

Japan, Bizen/Inbe, mid 20th century

Crack along the vertical joint in the right side, from which three very thin horizontal cracks spring (two towards the front, one towards the back). Despite that, stable and sturdy condition. Molding flaw in the ear that is not considered a damage.
Please ask for pictures for a detailed report on the damages

Gomma (sesame seed) is created by the ash of the pinewood with which the kiln is fired. It lands on the object and melts due to the high temperature. Gomma cannot be steered, it occurs spontaneously. It occurs more profusely near where the fire is. The ashes blow into the kiln flowing on the flames. The further away from the fire, the less ash remains floating through the air.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1461680 (stock #11062)
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$550.00
Rustic round platter with wide rim, called ishizara in Japanese, used in kitchens and commoners’ households. Pale yellow glaze that typically leaves the foot free, turning a pale pink and then dark in the center. The plate is slightly warped, as is common with ishizara.
Nine spurmarks in the center.

Mingei

Seto ware, Japan, Edo period, 1800-1850

H 2-2.25 x diam. 12 in.

Several small scuffs and frittings in the rim, one large chip on the underside of the time, showing that the rim is hollow

From a private collection of mingei ceramics in New Jersey

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1460647 (stock #22-32)
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$230.00
Cute flower vase of convex shape with a flaring mouth. Four vertical ribs, creating four segments decorated each with a small impressed chrysanthemum rosette. Fine cream-colored stoneware with a yellowish green translucent glaze with fine crackle.

Potter’s mark on the bottom (looks like a smiley face), which is the signature mark of Kato Sakusuke IV.

Seto, Japan, 1970s or a little later

H 6.5 x diam 4.5 in.

Mint condition

Comes with the original wooden storage box, inscribed Ko Seto gama (seal in upper right); Kiseto, kabin (flower vase in yellow Seto; and signed Sakusuke saku and with the artist’s seal

Kato Sakusuke IV (1909-1996) was the 25th in line from Kato Kagemasa, the founder of Seto ware.
He graduated from the Kyoto Vocational School for Industrial Crafts in 1932, and trained in Kyoto for three more years. After returning to Seto and began making pottery under the guidance of his father. He inherited the title of Sakusuke IV in 1944.
He studied the traditional techniques of Oribe, Kuro-Oribe, Ki-Seto, and Ofuke, creating masterful and traditional ceramic/ceremonial works. In 1984 he was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property of the Prefecture of Aichi.

All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1460054 (stock #11066)
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$2,000.00
Sturdy circular and conical, shallow bowl or dish on a higher foot. Heavy stoneware with small inclusion. The outside dark brown natural glaze, inside and over the rims a red band with some luster. Classic Bizen ware.

On the outside the mark of the Bizen potter Fujiwara Kei.

H 2.75 x Diam 10.25 in.

Mint condition

Comes with the original kiriwood storage box. Inscription in black ink on the cover: Bizen hidasuki tsuchi zara (Bizen "fire sleeve-cord" stoneware dish). Signature Kei and artist’s seal.

The band design on this dish is created by the firing process. Rice straw, placed between dishes stacked in a kiln prior to firing, creates a type of red marking when it burns off called hidasuki or "fire sleeve-cording."

Fujiwara Kei (1899-1983). He was designated Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1954. In 1970 he was registered by the Okayama Prefectural government as a Living National Treasure.

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1459672 (stock #11065)
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$700.00
Chawan tea bowl, or perhaps a soup bowl or a mukozuke. Fairly thin stoneware modeled in the shape of a drum with 8 nails (protrusions) along the upper edge that would hold the drum skin in place. Deep green glaze. Eight vertical lines engraved and filled in with gold.

A triangular shape is cut out of the foot by way of a potter’s mark. In the center of the bottom a round Raku seal impressed.

Raku ware, Kyoto, Japan, first half 19th century

H 3.75 x Diam at widest point 4.5 in.

Frittings all along the top edge, darkened to make them less noticeable, frittings on the drum knobs, gold dulled and worn

From a private collection of Japanese ceramic in New Jersey

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1459669 (stock #11061)
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$700.00
Large and rustic almost round platter, called ishizara in Japanese, used in kitchens and commoners’ households. Plain light greenish-yellow glaze that typically leaves the foot free. The many pinpoint spots where the glaze did not completely cover the stoneware has allowed dirt to penetrate, giving the surface a lively spotted face. Glaze has dulled over time from constant usage.
Five spurmarks in the center.
Mingei

Seto ware, Japan, Edo period, 1800-1850

H 2.75 x W 14.5 x D 14 in.

Repaired chip on rim, one old chip under rim, several smaller scrapings and damages all commensurate with age and heavy usage. Fissures in the glaze that have no impact on stability, usability or visual appeal.

From a private collection of mingei ceramics in New Jersey

All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Folk Art : Pre 1900 item #1459650 (stock #11060)
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$550.00
Small, sturdy platter, called ishizara, used as kitchen ware. Gray stoneware decorated with underglaze iron black and cobalt blue tama (sacred jewels) and characters, covered by a creamy, yellowish translucent and finely crackled glaze. Five spurmarks. Mingei.

Seto region, Japan, Edo period, 1800-1850

H 2 x Diam 10.5 in.

Several knicks and chips esp. on the rim edges and a short, old crack commensurate with age and heavy usage. All in all very good condition

From a private collection of mingei ceramics in NJ