The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1297606 (stock #TCR4869)
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An anonymous antique robin’s-egg-blue vase entirely engraved in three dimensional overlapping leaves. It stands 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall, 9 inches (23 cm) diameter and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1296371 (stock #TCR4367)
The Kura
$2,500.00
A rare long, high-walled Te-tsuki Oribe basin with an unusual braided handle dating from the mid Edo period. Iron vines and designs decorate the earth-toned glaze on one side, the other simply covered in a splash of yellow-tinged green glaze, which runs to form a deep dark pool of blue-green glass in the corner. It is roughly 9-1/2 x 6 x 5 inches (24 x 15 x 13 cm) and comes enclosed in an antique wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1296263 (stock #TCR4863)
The Kura
$300.00
It is 11 inches (28 cm) tall and is in fine condition, dating from the Meiji period.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1295908 (stock #TCR4816)
The Kura
$395.00
A very unusual shallow basin from the Sendai area kilns of Tsutsumi covered in a thick olive glaze shouldered with freckled white. Six rods supported the piece in the kiln, and they are still visible within along with a large kutsuki of brick red clay. It is 14-1/2 inchdes (37 cm) diameter, 3-1/2 inches (8.5 cm) deep and in fine condition. More common Tsutsumi bowls are either deeper, by a couple of inches, or more shallow in the traditional Ishi-zara style...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1293304 (stock #TCR1830)
The Kura
$850.00
A spectacular Naeshirogawa Mimitsuku Tsubo dating from the Edo period, the rich red clay covered in thick splatters of dark glaze. The tsubo has been built up with coils of clay, and smoothed with a slightly textured paddle. The olive glaze has then been applied over a resistant surface preparation, causing it to peel back creating the unusual affect. It is not clear if this was intentional, or some mistake in the process, but is very rare...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1292906 (stock #TCR1840)
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This is a shell shaped serving dish from the Usunokochi-yaki Kilns of Southern Kyushu dating from the Edo period used as a serving dish on pleasure boats which plied the seas and rivers of Kagoshima, the ancient seat of government for the Satsuma fief. The theme of shellfish likely reflects what it held, with a large tray for fish, and smaller trays for side dishes, pickles or soy sauce. The barnacle in center would have held the chopsticks upright...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1292061 (stock #TCR4790)
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A monkey reaches toward the moon, arms outstretched from the gnarled trunk of an ancient blossoming plum on the side of this large pottery bowl by Kiyomizu Rokubei IV and decorated by a young Takeuchi Seiho. It is 23 cm (9 inches) diameter, 9.5 cm (4 inches) tall and is in excellent condition, and comes enclosed in a fine custom made kiri-wood box.
Kiyomizu Rokubei IV (1848-1920) was first born son of Rokubei III, and took over the family business in 1883 upon the death of his father...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1291474 (stock #TCR4787)
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“Oars beat in time to the seamans lighthearted song as the moon floats high above his fishing boat”, a festive poem for drinking scrawled in running script on the hand formed and pinched bottle followed by the signature Rengetsu. It is 5 inches (12 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Much has been written about the life and work of poet/artist Otagaki Rengetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1291183 (stock #TCR4451)
The Kura
$1,500.00
Popular in Buddhist Tea Circles in the Edo period, this recovered Tokoname Fushiki pot, very roughly fired, dates from the mid to late Kamakura period (1192-1333), but was unearthed and used as a mizusashi during the Edo. A kiln mark in the shape of a fish tail, or perhaps broad leaf, (like a ginko leaf) is struck in the side, partially obscured by glaze. Old red lacquer seals a crack in the side, and a drainage hole originally in the bottom has been filled...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1291033 (stock #TCR4869)
The Kura
$750.00
A fine Tetsu-yu Chaire in rich red clay from the Niwa-yaki kinlns of Zeze in Otsu, first and last stop on the Old Tokaido from Kyoto. It has a zogei lid and comes wrapped in a silk bag, enclosed in a black lacquered wooden container. It is 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, 2 inches (5 cm) diameter and in fine condition, the raw clay on the base worn to a beautiful sheen. Due to age the outer wrapping of silk on the bag containing the piece has partially disintegrated.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1291032 (stock #TCR4320)
The Kura
$1,300.00
A single undulating line forms waves on the neck of this handled Iga pot dating from the 17th century. Green ash glaze covers the upper front, leaving a smattering of ash and raw clay visible over the body, the occasional shiseki stone bursting from the surface. The Tsubo is 8 inches (20.5 cm) tall, roughly 6 inches (16 cm) diameter. There are of course small old nicks but no major damage or repairs. This is a superb example of Ko-Iga pottery...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1291029 (stock #TCR4489)
The Kura
$600.00
A spray of ink decorates the side of this Edo period Karatsu Kataguchi Chawan Tea bowl enclosed in a black lacquered wooden box. It is 6-1/2 x 4 x 3 inches (15.5 x 9 x 8.5 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1291027 (stock #TCR4449)
The Kura
$950.00
A wide Hira Chawan covered in earthy gray glaze with an upturned rim dating from the 17th to 18th centuries enclosed in a tattered red lacquered wooden box. The very small Kodai is in the style of early imported Chinese ware, yet the shape is distinctly Japanese. It is 6-1/2 inches (16.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1290500 (stock #TCR4372)
The Kura
$500.00
Although reminiscent of very old Tamba, this is likely a salt jar from Luzon, an area with a very long trade history with Japan. It was purchased as part of a collection of tea ceramics. The deeply scored lines and crosshatching provide a tactile playground for the hands and eyes. The irregular shaped and slight sag in the lip add a sense of immediacy, and the richly glistening caramel glaze is superb, leading to drips around the base...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1289698 (stock #TCR4365)
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A very rare Edo period Ao-Bizen (Blue Bizen) Koro in the shape of Hotei leaning against his bag, the sack forming the basin of the incense burner. What a tremendous expression! A label inside the ancient Jindai-sugi age blackened cedar box reads Bizen-yaki Hotei Go-Koro, Nishi-no-Maru yori and is followed by the date Tenpo 5 (1835) fifth month and signed Chitsuryo (?) The fact it was stored in the Nishi-no-Maru would indicate it was part of a castle or great palace inventory...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1289061 (stock #TCR4842)
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A horse frolics under a stylized pine bough on this unusually shaped mountain-scape tokkuri dating from the 19th century. Color has infused beautifully into the crackled pale glaze, and agano green surmounts the peak. It is 3 x 3-1/2 x 7 inches (8 x 9 x 19 cm) and is in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1288314 (stock #TCR4584)
The Kura
$450.00
Plovers in gold and silver take flight over the undulating waves on the dark sides of this fine pottery tea container capped with an ivory lid and signed on the base Ninsei. It is 8 cm (3 inches) tall and in fine condition, dating from the later 19th century.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1287712 (stock #TCR4833)
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The unlikely friend Kanzan and Jitoku are seen enjoying an outing fishing on the sides of this bowl by Eiraku Zengoro XIV (Tokuzen/Myozen) and Okamoto Shuseki enclosed in the original signed wooden box...