Momoyama Period Japanese Hand Warmer 'Shuro' 1.800 $
In the days of traditional Japanese wooden buildings keeping warm must have been a constant preoccupation. Hand warmers like the present example were small hibachi which would have a layer of sand on which charcoal would be burned to enable people to warm their hands by grasping the pot.
Usually the pot would be heave and thick to retain the heat - this large and heave example ( just over 2 kg ) is in the style of the celebrated Shino-yaki wares and may well be from the first Shino kilns. The underglaze design of pine trees is typically Shino.
This late Momoyama Period shuro is in very good condition with no damage and no repairs.
400 year old Japanese Tokkuri of oldest Karatsu Clay 450 $ already sold
Up for sale is our oldest Japanese Tokkuri (Sake bottle). It dates from the Momoyama Period with an age of 400 years and has a very tasteful glaze with vivid colours. Close to the bottom there is a kiln mark (refer to picture no. 6)
The Tokkuri can be used with a little flower as a wabi arrangement. It is in good condition with a crack on the top of the tokkuri, which enforces the wabi look.
A Tokkuri with this age is absolutely rare.
Size: 18 cm
Early Momoyama Bizen Gourd (Hisago) Vase - Ex. Museum 3.000 $
Are you tired of so many unspectacular items on the antique market? Here we present a real spectacular one - only one of a kind, an EARLY Momoyama Bizen hisago vase.
The very heavy body appears to be built from clay coils and then was thrown on a hand wheel, this and the combed decoration point to the Muromachi Period.
The beautiful yellow goma effect of the flying ash is now on the reverse side of the vase - indicating that the slight distortion was incidental and not part of the design.
Definitely a very early piece and one of the best items of ancient Japanese art ever.
The vase was exhibited from May to September 2011 at the Keramion Museum in Frechen (Germany) "Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart" (Momoyama Ceramics and its influence until today). Catalogue No. 57 (page 40), Frechen 2011, ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8
Kiribako wooden box inscribed on the lid: ko bizen-hisago hanaike and inside: Momoyama jidai no saku (followed by a remark of the high qualitiy of this object due to its fine goma type natural ash glaze. Katsura Matasaburo and sign with his 2 seals katasura and matasaburo over the "Momoyama Period".
Box has been repaired in the past and has some cracks but which do not affect its use.
Size: 25,7cm height x 15,5cm diameter. Very heavy.
Item will be sent together with box and a new edition of the book. It is a precious book with this item on page 40(german/english) and with a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany.)
Rare Ao-Oribe Choshi of the late Momoyama Period 1200 $
Another wonderful tea ceremony item from the late Momoyama Period:
Little distorted gourd (Hyotan) shaped choshi made of little iron bearing, coarse, unrefined Mino clay.
The expertly thrown body had roughly formed spout handle and feet attached. The lower part of the body is covered with the typical green copper oxide glaze and the upper part is decorated with lines under glaze in iron oxide resembling the pattern of a feather.
This is a typical late Momoyama design.
The real authentic choshi was used for sauces during the kaiseki. Kaiseki refers to the simple meal that the host of a chanoyu gathering serves to the guests before a ceremonial tea and is also known as cha-kaiseki.
Authentic and antique Ao-Oribe Choshis are really rare.
No cracks or repairs.
Size: 16,9 cm height (incl. handle) x 18,1 cm in diameter.