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Ishiguro Munemaro Nezumi Shino Chawan            sold






A valuable Shino Nezumi Chawan by legend and Living National Treasure Ishiguro Munemaro, 1893-1955.

It is in mint condition and comes with its original signed box.

In 1918, Ishiguro Munemaro set his goal of becoming a ceramist after seeing a spotted tenmoku tea bowl at Tokyo Art Club. On his own, he researched Chinese ceramics of the Tang and Song dynasties, Korean ceramics, and so on, and grounded on abundant experience and skill, he established a richly lyrical and elegant style. In 1955, he was designated a "Living National Treasure" (Preserver of Important Intangible Cultural Properties) for his iron glaze techniques.

Selected Experiences

1968 Award the Third Class Order of the Sacred Treasure

1963 Awarded Purple Ribbon Medal

1955 Selected as a Living National Treasure ( iron glaze pottery )

His works are hold in many museums and have been sold at Sotheby's and Christie's. Please check.

Size: 4,7'' x 5,3'' x 3,5''.


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Rare tetsu-yu chawan by Kanjiro Kawai    sold





A tetsu-yu chawan by greatest Kanjiro Kawai with signed box.

Mint, no cracks or repairs.

Size: 8,6 cm height, 13,1 cm diameter.

No ceramic artist of the Showa approached Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) for creativity and artisanship. Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.




Chawan by Living National Treasure Toyozo Arakawa         already sold






This is a wonderful chawan of Living National Treasure Potter Arakawa Toyozo with its original signed wooden box.

It is in mint condition with no cracks and no repairs.

Size: 5,3 inches x 4,9 inches x 3,0 inches

Toyozo Arakawa (1894 - 1985) rediscovered the techniques of manufacturing Shino glazes first perfected during the Momoyama and Edo periods. Arakawa also proved that these legendary ceramics originated in his native Mino province (not Seto as previously believed), and was responsible for the revival of the Mino kilns. In 1955, in recognition of his work, he was awarded the title 'Living National Treasure'.

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Tea Bowl by great Chozaemon Ohi with judgement box         sold



This is a tea bowl of Japanese OHI pottery ware, which was made about 50 years ago by famous Chozaemon Ohi (1901-1986).

It has a fantastic black glaze. The work and the box has the sign of the 9th. Chozaemon Ohi. His name is inherited from the Edo era.

The Ninth Chozaemon was the son of the Eigth Chozaemon who had been making tea utencils from age sixteen until his death at age eighty-six. At 26,he received his title of Ninth Ohi Chozaemon following after his father. In the early 1900's, the awareness and appreciation of the tea ceremony and the utencils that accompanied it was not present however, later in the century the cultural preservation of this tradition and renewed interest allowed the artists and makers of tea wares to prosper. The Ninth Ohi Chozaemons' drive to remain contemporary while still preserving the Ohi tradition led him to display many of his works in public exhibitions including the Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts in Contemporary Society. His works not only reflect the influence of generations before but also that of the rapidly changing contemporary environment. In 1970, he received the gold award of tea and culture from the 14th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Tantansai(1893`1964). In 1978, he was named Toudosai by the 15th Urasenke Grand Tea Master, Hounsai. After receiving this honor, he signed his wares using both names Chozaemon Ohi and Toudosai. Matsunaga Jian(1875`1971), a famous tea master, was one of the Ninth Chozaemons' greatest patrons. Their relationship led to the creation of many tea bowls which are now displayed in the Ohi Museum Collection. His talents and skills are most revealed through his tea bowls with Ohi black Glaze. It is said that he was a very calm and humble individual his entire life which also is reflected in his works.

The lid back of the box has the appraisal of the monk Kaido Fujii (1898-1984). He was famous monk. He was the chief priest of a Rinzai sect Daitoku Temple group's Sangen-In temple. He has named this tea bowl "SEN-SHIN".  It means purifying the heart.

Size: Width 4.7'' - length 4.7'' - height 3.1'' - weight 360 g. Signed box 690 g.

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Hagi Chawan by legendary Miwa Kiyusetsu X (Kyuwa)       sold already


Modern Hagi Chawan By Miwa Kyusetsu X (Kyuwa) (1885-1981)

The rough white Hagi clay with fairly big enclosures is expertly thrown into half cylinder shape (hanzutsu); The light feldspatic hagi glaze turning to yellow beige; inside the foot ring stamped Kyusetsu.

Many of Miwa's chawan have a split cross footring called a warekodai that was favored by busho chajin (warrior tea men); it traces its origins to Korean chawan. This chawan has a rare warekodai with only one split.

Miwa Kyusetsu X was a member of the group around Rosansin an Arakawa, which revived the momoyama ceramic.

The Miwa family is one of the most important potting families in all of Japan. Their kiln was established in Kanbun 3 (1663) in the Matsumoto area of Hagi (in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast) in order to produce tea utensils for Lord Mori Terumoto. The successive generations of Miwa potters have produced all sorts of works besides tea ware, including Raku ware (Kyusetsu I and IV studied in Kyoto), figurines of mythical creatures (Kyusetsu VI and VII), and vessels for the table.

In the 1930s, when there was a “Return to Momoyama” revival (the Way of Tea was crystallized in the Momoyama Period, 1573-1615), Miwa Kyuwa (Kyusetsu X) revitalized the Hagi tea world with his warm and sensuous chawan and other tea utensils.

For his achievement he was designated Juyo Mukei Bunkazai by the Japanese Government in 1970. 1967 he changed his artist name to Kyuwa. Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art has a similar bowl dd. 1958 - please click

The bowl was exhibited from may 22 to september 2011 at the Keramion Museum in Frechen (Germany) and is published in a great art book called "Momoyama Keramik und ihr Einfluss auf die Gegenwart" (Momoyama ceramics and their influence until today) with a foreword of the Japanese ambassador in Germany. The chawan is published on page 79, catalogue no. 184, Frechen 2011, ISBN-978-3-94005-06-8.

The wooden box (Kiribako) is inscribed Hagi Chawan - judai Kyusetsu tsukuru and seal 'kyusetsu'. The box is fully handmade from low grade kiri-wood - typically for the early postwar period - I think its earlier than the MoMAT piece.

The wood box and a new edition of the book are part of the offer.

Size: Hight: 9.1 cm, Diameter: 12.2 cm.

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Oribe Chawan by Living National Treasure Toyozo Arakawa      already sold



Now we are proud to offer you our second Chawan made by famous Toyozo Arakawa. It is colorful and shiny Oribe Chawan in mint condition with no cracks and no repairs.

Size: 5,1 inches x 5,5 inches x 2,8 inches

Toyozo Arakawa (1894-1985) rediscovered the techniques of manufacturing Shino glazes first perfected during the Momoyama and Edo periods. Arakawa also proved that these legendary ceramics originated in his native Mino province (not Seto as previously believed), and was responsible for the revival of the Mino kilns. He lived and worked in Mino, near Nagoya. He was given the title "Living National Treasure" in 1955. In 1930 he discovered shards at the site of the ruins of an ogama style kiln at Mutabora proving that that Shino and Oribe glazed work of the Momoyama and early Edo period in Japan had been manufactured in Mino rather than in the Seto area. In 1933 he built a kiln reproducing the original Mutabora kiln and rediscovered the techniques for manufacturing Shino glazes. He died in Tokyo, Japan in 1985. There is a translation of Arakawa's The Traditions and Techniques of Mino Pottery in Janet Barriskill's Visiting the Mino Kilns Wild Peony Press, Sydney, 1995.

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Museum Quality Oribe Chawan by Koie Ryoji        already sold


Here is a fascinating Oribe Chawan (tea bowl) made by Koie Ryoji, one of the best internationally known contemporary Japanese potters. It is another embodiment of the artist’s spirit, with a shape that remains free and moving, rough, unique and dynamic. Its colors and its rawness is reminiscent of a wild landscape. As with many works by the famous artist, this piece’s dynamism conveys pure energy and raw strength. Through its shiny glaze, rough texture and primitive markings, one gets the sense of the primary force that has shaped it through the craftsman’s lucid spirit. The authenticity and honesty of this potter’s works, as well as the feeling of freedom they radiate, have given him the recognition he deserves.

Koie Ryoji, born in 1938 in Tokoname, graduated the Tokoname industrial school and moved on to work at the City Ceramic Research Facility. In 1966 he established his own studio. Among many other prizes he won the Japan Ceramic Society Gold Award which is the most prestigious pottery prize in Japan. This is a true artist who finds inspiration in anything, and his creations are expressions of his will to constantly redefine his work and surprise the viewers. Koie Ryoji’s reputation extends beyond Japan. He has exposed his works in many renowned national and international venues.

No chips, no cracks. The original signed box is part of the offer.

Size: 8,7-11cm height, 13,1-16,4cm width.

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