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Japanese Mingei Folk Tokkuri (Sakebottle) or Flowervase             350 $ 



Meiji-Taisho period, early 20th century


Antique and unique Japanese Mingei Sake Bottle (Tokkuri), also usable as a flowervase. It is approx. 100 years old and made of old Shino-Ware. You will find two amazing images on it, made with iron-oxid. Enjoy sake or beautifiul flowers with this antique Mingei Folk Art item.

Mingei (民芸 lit. "folk arts" or "arts of the people"), the Japanese folk art movement, was developed in the late 1920s and 1930s in Japan. Its founding father was Yanagi Sōetsu (1889–1961).

The philosophical pillar of mingei is “hand-crafted art of ordinary people” (民衆的な工芸 (minshū-teki-na kōgei)). Yanagi Sōetsu discovered beauty in everyday ordinary and utilitarian objects created by nameless and unknown craftsmen. According to Yanagi, utilitarian objects made by the common people are “beyond beauty and ugliness”. Below are a few criteria of mingei art and crafts:

  • made by anonymous crafts people
  • produced by hand in quantity
  • inexpensive
  • used by the masses
  • functional in daily life
  • representative of the regions in which they were produced.

Yanagi's book The Unknown Craftsman has become an influential work since its first release in English in 1972. Yanagi's book examines the Japanese way of viewing and appreciating art and beauty in everyday crafts, including ceramics, lacquer, textiles, and woodwork.


Size: High 15cm (5,9''), Wide 10cm (3,94'')




Japanese Iga yaki Sake bottle (tokkuri) and tea ceremony flower vase                             250 $                already sold


Hand made about hundred years ago in Iga, a small tow in the mountains of Mie prefecture, famous as the birthplace of Iga ninja. Items like ours gave big inspiration to one of the worlds famous potter Tsujimura Shiro.

Iga-yaki is a style of pottery where the ceramic is fired at high temperatures causing it to crystallize in a red hue, with brown-grey burn marks caused by log ashes, and the melting effect of the vidro (feldspatic glass). It has been a popular pottery style since the Tsutsui-Momoyama period of Japan. Iga-yaki utilizes the native Iga clay and is fired over three days in a kiln dug into the ground.

Size  14.3 centimeters in height, diameter 3 centimeters, trunk diameter 8 centimeters, 260 grams in weight.

It is state used goods, there is no water leak and break hurt, there is no damage.



Meiji Period Shino Nezumi Mizusashi           390 $   sold already



On offer is this rare type of nezumi mizusashi made of shino-yaki.

It dates from the mid to the late Meiji Period and is in perfect condition.

There are no damages, cracks and repairs.


17,5 cm height

13 cm diameter

16,5 cm trunk diameter


1400 g

Shipping included



Early Meiji Period Oribe Mizusashi       390 $




This is a real old Japanese mizusashi made of Oribe clay. It dates from the early Meiji Period.

Signed on the bottom from the artist.

It is in great condition - no repair, no crack, no water leak.


15 cm height

13 cm diameter

15 cm trunk diameter

Weight:1,3 kg

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Antique statue of 7 lucky gods - Meiji Period with sign      700 $




Here is a rare japanese pottery Sculpture of Seven Lucky Gods, perfectly made during the Meiji period in the late 19th. century.

Best antique condition with no chips. The bottom has some original natural surface cracks aka inborn kiln cracks, which occured during the firing in the kiln.

The Seven Gods of Fortune, commonly referred to in English as the Seven Lucky Gods, are the seven gods of good fortune in Japanese mythology and folklore. They are often the subject of netsuke carvings and other representations. Many figures in Seven Lucky Gods were transmitted from India and China, including all of the Seven Lucky Gods except Ebisu. Daikoku-ten, derived from the Hindu god Shiva became intertwined with the local Shinto deity Ōkuninushi. Another god, Kichijōten, goddess of happiness, is sometimes found depicted along with the seven traditional gods, replacing Jurōjin, the reasoning being that Jurōjin and Fukurokuju were originally manifestations of the same Taoist deity, the Southern Star. However, as is often the case in folklore, Japanese gods sometimes represent different things in different places.

1. Hotei, the fat and happy god of abundance and good health

2. Jurōjin, god of long life

3. Fukurokuju, god of happiness, wealth and longevity

4. Bishamonten, god of warriors

5. Benzaiten (Benten-sama), goddess of knowledge, art and beauty, especially music

6. Daikokuten (Daikoku), god of wealth, commerce and trade. Ebisu and Daikoku are often paired and represented as carvings or masks on the walls of small retail shops

7. Ebisu, god of fishers or merchants, often depicted carrying a sea bream

The seven gods are often depicted on their ship, the Takarabune, or "Treasure Ship." The tradition holds that the seven gods will arrive in town on the New Year and distribute fantastic gifts to worthy people. Children often receive red envelopes emblazoned with the Takarabune which contain gifts of money around the New Year. The Takarabune and its passengers are often depicted in art in varied locations, from the walls of museums to cuddly caricatures.

Size: 19cm height x 21cm width x 16cm depth.

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Japanese Hagi Ware Shishi - Foo Dog with sign ca. 1890      750 $ 


Absolutely rare and amazing pottery shisa ( foo dog, foo lion ) from the mid. Meiji Period, signed by the artist and covered with wonderful white Hagi glaze.

Do you find more impressive ones on the antique art market?

The figure shows a lot of artistic details (take a look on the teeth and the tongue). Hagi Ware Foo dogs are very rare.

No repairs, only a tiny piece of the tail is chipped off and some peaks of the teeth are missing, hard to notice! and it does not diminish its beauty.

We offer the Shishi with an old wood box.

Size: 13,6 cm height x 14,2 cm width, weight almost 1kg.

Shipping included.

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