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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1980 item #1292320 (stock #MOR4792)
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$580.00
A dark silver alloy covers this bronze Mizusashi water container inlayed with silver designs by Hongo Toshihiko. The flaring shape is 5-1/2 inches (14 cm) wide at the rim, the same height. The signature is engraved on the base. Very unusual, the piece seems to reflect in the blue scale...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1291475 (stock #TCR4788)
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A floral spray decorates this bowl made by potter Miyanaga Tozan and decorated by painter Watanabe Kokan enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5 inches (12 cm) diameter 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 : Stoneware : Pre 1940 item #1291184 (stock #TCR4871)
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$650.00
A fine Raku bowl decorated with plum pine and bamboo (Shochikubai, the three friends of winter) by Matsumoto Ichiyo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 4-1/2 inches (11.5 cm) diameter, 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall and in fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1700 item #1291183 (stock #TCR4451)
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$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)
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$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 1900 item #1291029 (stock #TCR4489)
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$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)
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1940 item #1290939 (stock #MOR4868)
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Egg-plant Shaped Furidashi Sweets Container for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. It is made of dry lacquer. The stem is removed to pour out the small sugary sweets called Conpeito often served with green tea. 10 x 6 x 5 cm, in fine condition...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1290866 (stock #TCR4867)
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$500.00
A deep wangata bowl emblazoned with a single character "Yorokobi" (Joy) by Seki Bokuo, former head priest of Tenryuji Temple, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 5-1/4 inches (13.5 cm) diameter, 3-1/4 inches (8 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Seki Bokuo (1903-1991) was born in Gunma prefecture, and studied at the Keio university medical course, before taking up formal Zen training. He became Dharma-Heir of Seki Seisetsu...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1290500 (stock #TCR4372)
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$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. It is 7-1/2 x 4...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1288314 (stock #TCR4584)
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$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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1288175 (stock #MOR4583)
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A tea scoop carved from the old timbers of Himeiji Castle by Takahashi Ryoichi enclosed in a signed bamboo container on a signed wooden box Titled Furusato (hometown) by Daitokuji Priest Kobori Nanrei. The box is branded with the seal of Himeiji Castle, and indicates the piece was taken from part of the gate of the lower bale in 1978.
Takahashi Ryoichi (1900-1996) was a traditional craftsman (Sashimonoshi) and carver from Himeiji City, awarded by Hyogo Prefecture for his lifelong work to...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1288174 (stock #MOR4539)
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$650.00
An anonymous antique dry lacquer Kensui spent water receptacle covered in powdered silver for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony wrapped in silk and enclosed in a fine kiri-wood box. It is 14.5 cm (6 inches) diameter. There are a few minor nicks in the rim, otherwise is in fine condition. ...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1287714 (stock #TCR4834)
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A single character, Jaku (Youth), is inscribed in a red cartouche in the center of this bowl signed the 96 year old man Gempo and enclosed in the original wooden box. It is 4-3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter, 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in fine condition.
Yamamoto Gempo (1866-1961) was born to a poor family in Wakayama at the end of the Edo period, he was left to die of exposure as a baby, but was found by a stranger and adopted into the childless Okamoto family. This was an auspicious start to...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1285243 (stock #AOR4813)
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Superb silk wraps this extensive sumi-e study of the summer garden accented with gold by Tamamura Hokuto enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Saien no Maki. Ink washes and gold on paper mounted with gilded piping, the rollers are either glass or crystal. It is 15-1/2 inches (39 cm) x almost 30 feet (9 meters) long and is in fine condition.
Tamamura Hokuto (Zennosuke, 1893-1951) was born in Kyoto to a family dealing in wooden shoes. He graduated the Kyoto Municipal School o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1285091 (stock #TCR4810)
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A small Wangata bowl decorated with falling maple leaves designed by Imao Keinen and enclosed in the original wooden box. It is 4 inches (10 cm) diameter, 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) tall. There is a hairline crack in the bowl (see close-up photos).
Imao Keinen (1845-1924) was born in Kyoto, and initially schooled in the Ukiyoe style before becoming a pupil of Suzuki Hyakunen, from whom he received his name. Master of many styles, he was a member of the Imperial Art Committee and Imperial Art A...
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. Inei Gyokuho was a lacquer artist from Kyoto in the first half of the 20th century, and judging from the number of written boxes I have seen, a favorite of Urasenke tea school masters Tantansai and Hounsai. ...