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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1940 item #1281953 (stock #MOR4781)
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An 8 sided dish patterned with wood grains inlaid with bamboo, actually all performed entirely with the Kanshitsu dry lacquer technique. It is 12 inches (30 cm) across, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition, enclosed in the original wooden box signed Gyokuho...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1281321 (stock #TCR4780)
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Five character inscriptions decorate these two chawan tea bowls signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu. The taller bowl reads “Matsu ni Kokon no Iro Nashi (The pine never changes color). The second is Kochu Nichigetsu Nagashi (Inside the pot, the sun and moon eternally shine). Thank you to the scholar Veljko Dujin for the translations. They are 15 and 13 cm (5-3/4 & 5-1/4 inches) diameter respectively and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1280726 (stock #TCR4773)
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A five character inscription decorates this chawan tea bowl signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1280725 (stock #TCR4772)
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A four character inscription decorates this chawan tea bowl signed by Zen priest Kutsu Deiryu and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter and in fine condition.
Kutsu Deiryu, 1895-1954. Deiryu was born into a military family, and was raised from an early age in the strict environment until being diagnosed with Tuberculosis. He was sent then to serve at a nearby temple but was refused as Buddhism was still recovering and many temples were quite poor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1280386 (stock #TCR4768)
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A wide low chawan tea bowl inscribed with a poem by Otagaki Rengetsu reading “Yo no naka ha tata utatane no shibaraku wo samenu yume ji ni matofu wari nasa. In the world only for the span of a nap yet wandering an inescapable path of dreams…such a mystery. (Translation from Rengetsu.org). It is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) diameter, 1-1/2 inches (4 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 1920 item #1280350 (stock #TCR4766)
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A superb Tenmoku shaped Chawan in crackled white glaze decorated with Fuji (wisteria) by Teishitsu Gigei-In (Imperial Art Academy Member) Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 2 inches (5 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1279727 (stock #TCR4754)
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A dark metallic glaze covers this heavy Mizusashi by Miyanaga Tozan decorated with deeply carved grasses and resist decoration of a soaring crane and calligraphy by Muto Sanji enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches (18 cm) diameter, 6-1/2 inches (16 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1930 item #1278893 (stock #MOR4740)
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$800.00
A superb carving of a folded leaf being explored by a long red centipede. This is a Sago tea scoop for use in the steeped tea of the literati. It is 6 inches (15.5 cm) long and comes in an old cloth bag enclosed in a wooden storage box dating from the early 20th century, and is in excellent condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1278892 (stock #MOR4739)
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Stained Ivory plovers soar over rough seas on all sides of this spectacular anonymous mulberry wood tea box dating from the opening years of the 20th century. It is made to carry a small tea set, whisk, bowl, natsume, fukin, kogo and chashaku etc. There is a mark on the underside of the inner tray by the wood-worker (sashimono-shi) that reads Senshin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1272639 (stock #TCR4657)
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$625.00
A boxed set of 19th century Kataguchi hakeme Karatsu Guinomi exquisitely formed with double rim and pinched foot. Each is 2 inches (5 cm) diameter, roughly the same height. All are in excellent condition but one tiny nick to the rim visible in the last photo. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1272143 (stock # TCR4655)
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A Furo tea room brazier by Raku Kichizaemon XI decorated in bold style over red glaze and enclosed in the original age darkened signed wooden box. Men in straw rain suits pull a barge up river under overhanging leaves of a willow tree. It is 34 cm (13-1/2 inches) diameter, 22 cm (9 inches) tall and in overall excellent condition, with a few stress cracks in the corner due to heat typical of use.
The Kichizaemon family of potters was established in Kyoto by Chojiro during the Momoyama pe...
All Items : Artists : Paintings : Pre 2000 item #1269661 (stock #AOJ4650)
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$1,550.00
A framed watercolor by Modern artist Joel Stewart featuring a Shino Mizusashi in his wet palate on sheer ground dating from 1996. This typifies the lurid wet style he is known to be master of, with the form growing out of splashes of color. The painting is 35 x 41 cm (13-1/2 x 16 inches) enclosed in a gold frame with matting 58 x 63 cm (23 x 25 inches) and is in original (new) condition.
Joel Stewart was born in Oakland but spent his young years in various cities around America before s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1265532 (stock #TCR4673)
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A Seiji green celadon tea container with lid by Seifu Yohei IV wrapped in a satin lined bag and enclosed in the original signed wooden box annotated on the side by Kano Tessai. Even the silk bag is signed (it appears to read Rakkasei). Precluding Seifu’s signature inside the lid is the statement “One of 30 made for the Heiwa Kinen Sho (Place Commemorating Peace)” with the annotation on the side dated 1919. This piece is likely to commemorate the first year anniversary since the signing ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1930 item #1264453 (stock #TCR3042)
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A set of unique porcelain cups for Sencha green tea by five top names in Kyoto, Seifu Yohei, Takahashi Dohachi, Kiyomizu Rokubei, Mashimizu Zoroku and Miura Chikusen, all carried inside a six sided bamboo carrying case signed and stamped by each artist with each cup described, the case in turn enclosed in a wooden box. The box is titled Kosometsuke (?) Chawan, and signed within (illegible) likely by the collector for whom the set was made followed by one small and one large stamp. The cups are...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264342 (stock #TCR4657)
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A set of five Porcelain Tea Cups decorated by 5 individual artists from the early 20th century; Tomioka Tessai, Tajika Chikuson, Kamisaka Sekka, Imao Keinen and another as yet unidentfied artist, stamped on the base by the kiln. Each cup is uniquely hand painted by the artist; all stamped on the base by the potter, and come enclosed in a quality custom-made period wooden box. Each is roughly 2 inches (5 cm) tall, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) diameter and all are in fine condition. A similar set by the...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1940 item #1264341 (stock #TCR4173)
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A set of ten cups decorated with a unique poem and painting of the Five Nobles, (Bamboo, Orchid, Plum, Pine and Chrysanthemum, also known as the five Gentlemen). The cups were made by Mikuni Tanyu, and decorated by Nishimura Goun. Perfectly formed, each is delicately painted with a short verse and one of the five representatives of scholarly virtue. Each cup is 7.5 cm (3 inches) diameter, 4.5 cm (2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Mikuni Tanyu of Kyoto learned potting under th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1264223 (stock #TCR4239)
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$700.00
A scholarly landscape unfolds around this proud sometsuke porcelain tea pot by Takahashi Dohachi decorated by important artist Tomioka Tessai. The piece is signed by both artists, Dohachi within the lid, Tessai on the side. It is 8 cm tall, 5 cm diameter and in fine condition.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by the retainer of Kameyama fief, Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain by the second generation head of the family wh...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1900 item #1263644 (stock #MOR4643)
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A small pottery suiteki water dropper used to add water to ink when grinding on a stone made by Iemoto of Urasenke Tanabe Gengensai and decorated with bats and the Subaru constellation, enclosed in a period wooden box titled Tanabe Gengen Ji-saku (No. 357) From the Yamamoto Izumi Collection. Of course the bat is an auspicious symbol of Chinese origin and the Subaru constellation (Pleiades, also known as Mutsuraboshi) is a symbol much loved by the Japanese, the word Subaru meaning united, and ha...