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Tea Bowl by great Rokubei Kiyomizu VI with original signed box        already sold


Mint and elegant tea bowl by one of the greatest Japanese potters, Rokubei Kiyomizu VI.

This Kyoto-yaki item was made 70 years ago. It has a tasteful painting of pine on it. On the bottom you find Kiyomizu's seal. The tea bowl will be delivered with its original signed wood box.

The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district throughout the second half of the Edo period. From the Meiji they began producing tableware for export and special pieces for government-sponsored exhibitions under Rokubei IV. Rokubei V led the kiln into the 20th century, and his son, Rokubei VI (1901-1980), would assume lead in 1945, taking the kiln through the tumultuous years after the Second World War. He graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, then the Kyoto Special School of Painting, before apprenticing under his father in 1925. He exhibited frequently and was often prized at the National Bunten, Teiten and Nitten Exhibits, where he later served as judge. He was also lauded abroad, in the USSR, France, Italy, Belgium and was appointed a member of the Japan Art Academy. In 1976 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit for his lifelong devotion to promoting Japanese pottery traditions. His works are held in numerous museums throughout the globe.

Size: 3,3'' height x 4'' width.

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Hagi Chawan by the 14th Shibei Sakakura with kintsugi gold        sold already


This is a vintage Japanese pottery tea bowl of Hagi ware, which was made by the great potter, the 14th Shinbei Sakakura (1917-1975) about 60 years ago.

He was one of the greatest potters of Hagi ware, who was identified as an important human cultural treasure of Yamaguchi prefecutre, Japan in 1972.

The seal of the potter is stamped on the bottom.

This tea bowl has a fine kintsugi (gold repair), which makes it unique, more sophisticated and valuable.

The original wooden box with the signature of the potter is also included.

Size: dia. max. 4.9-5.1"(12.5-13.0 cm) x height 3.2"(8.2 cm).

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Shiro-Chibu Kutani Tea Bowl by greatest Kingyoku Nakata with gold design     495 $






Fantastic tea bowl by Kingyoku Nakata, the best specialist of Chibu art, made 40 years ago.

This bowl is designed with a granular white painting called 'Shiro (white)-Chibu, which is very rare in Kutani. (Ao (blue)-Chibu was made more often. Please take a look on an Ao-Chibu Tea Bowl - our item # 0188)

Beside the Shiro-Chibu there is a golden arabesque design, which is called Kin-Karakusa.

The Tea Bowl is offered together with its original wood box.

Size: 2,6'' height x 4,7'' width.


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Special offer: If you purchase # 0188 together with the Shiro-Chibu we offer both for 800 Dollar - Shipping included



Mint Kinsai Iroe Chawan with Shino glaze and gold leaf     350 $






Very beautiful Kinsai Iroe Shino ware tea bowl, signed and inclosed in its original wooden box. It was made about 60 years ago and it is decorated with a shiny gold leaf design and images of grass and plum trees.

The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Signature on base.

Size: 8 cm height x 11 cm in diameter.

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Modern Japanese Chawan by Katsuhiko Sato     sold already





Spectacular Shino Tea Bowl (Chawan) by one of the best known and unique artists of Japan, Katsuhiko Sato. It comes enclosed in its original wooden box.

Katsuhiko is an eccentric artist, working aptly in not only pottery, but also painting and calligraphy. His artwork is part of important auctions and it is exhibited world wide. He was born in Manchuria in 1940, his family returning to Japan in 1947 to settle in Okayama. He formed his unique attitude toward life while on his deathbed with severe tuberculosis in 1960, and with an inner will which defied medical opinions, recovered to a full and healthy life through a practice of painting Buddhist images. Two years later he graduated university and became a teacher in a small village in Nara prefecture, home to some of Japans greatest Buddhist monasteries. He achieved fame with a collection of paintings nationally publicized, and later, after already having his oil, watercolor and calligraphic works privately exhibited at the Nara prefectural museum, he began potting under Tsujimura Shiro in 1974. He is truly a unique artist, broad based and with a joy which shines through all of his work.

Size: 7,5 cm height x 11 cm in diameter.

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Contemporary Oribe Chawan by Higashida Shigemasa         sold already


A wonderful Oribe Chawan by Higashida Shigemasa enclosed in the original signed wooden box.

Born in Hiroshima in 1955 Shigemasa received his BA at Shimonoseki Municipal University in 1978 and did a postgraduate course in ceramics at Gifu Prefectural Tajimi Technical High School. He set up his studio in Tokyo where he works predominantly in Shino and Oribe.

His works are characterized by the expression of forms that can only be created by clay and that differ from those of glass, metal, stone, or wood. He creates Shino wares with a sense of color tones that differs from existing Shino wares by making people think of pure white like deep snow, as implied by the name 'Hakusetu Shino'. For Oribe wares, he applies multiple Oribe glazes to a single work, and thereby strives to bring out rich color tone changes and the texture of the clay. His Oribe wares are highly evaluated both inside and outside Japan, their expression of forms utilizing the texture of the clay also receive acclaim in other countries, and his works have been purchased and placed in the collections of numerous art museums.

He was exhibited several times together with Jeff Shapiro at the Dai Ichi Arts, New York, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA, Jeff Shapiro & Higashida Shigemasa Exhibition, Torino, Italy. Solo Exhibition at the UK, in Australia and Belgium. He is held in several important international collections including Lowe Art Museum(FL, US), Dennos Museum(MI, US), Ball States University Museum of Art, The Art Institute Chicago and has been exhibited widely domestically.

In his own words: 'I would like you to find much difference between clay and other materials such as glass, metal, stone, and wood and how I bring out and express the distinctive feature of clay. I always try to make my works released from preconceived concept. Size, weight, and other functions that my work has are created by such open-mided imagination. However, I also know it is important that I learn from our predecessor's works to elaborate my sensibility. Only if I acquire these elements can good works be made. As a potter I hope you can find your original way to use my pottery. After all, my works become the ultimate works as they are used. I sincerely wish you would enjoy my works and hopefully sympathize with the sensibility that I express.'

Size: 8,7 cm height x 12,7 - 13,3 cm in diameter.

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Silver Oribe Series Chawan by world-famous Yanagihara Mutsuo     2100 $



A wonderful Chawan Tea Bowl by famous Kyoto Artist Yanagihara Mutsuo, enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is designed with pure silver and has an artistic glaze changing from black to dark green with spots of rainbow colours.

Yanigahara Mutsuo (b.1934) was raised in Seto and studied in Kyoto along with contemporary Morino Taimei with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship. His work is largely sculptural, and his choice of colors is his reflection on the decadence of Japanese society.

A list of exhibitions and awards would be much too long but includes the Japan Ceramics Society Gold prize in 2002. Listed as one of the most influential potters of the 20th century in the Japanese ceramics magazine Honoho Geijutsu, he is held in the Museum of Modern Art, both Tokyo and Kyoto (MOMAT, MOMAK), The National Museum of Art, Osaka, V&A, Great Victoria Art Gallery, Portland and any number of other prominent public and private collections throughout the world.

For more see Japanese Studio Crafts, Tradition and the Avant Garde by Rupert Faulkner, ISBN-13: 978-0812233353.

According to the V&A his 'work is striking for its blend of dynamism, colour and wit. A leading figure among Kyoto artists, Yanagihara has taught at Osaka University of Arts since 1968. Yanagihara's application of brightly coloured abstract motifs to vessel forms with anatomical, sometime sexually explicit features - a combination with which he first experimented in the late 1960s and early 1970s - has been a characteristic of his work for the past fifteen years. As in the case of Morino Taimei, a close friend and exact contemporary at Kyoto City University of Arts in the late 1950s, Yanagihara has been considerably influenced by the experiences he gained during two periods of teaching in the United States in 1966-8 and 1972-4. His use of gold and silver - a wry comment, he has explained, on the decaying values of contemporary society and the corruption of Japan's political system - echoes the extravagant style of certain North American artists.'

Please watch (copy and paste) a little video from the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale from 2008:


Size: 8,4 cm height x 13,3 - 13,8 cm in diameter.

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