Metavoid by Akiyama Yo

Metavoid by Akiyama Yo

Akiyama Yo (b.1953) is widely considered to be one of the greatest conceptual ceramic artists living today, following in the grand tradition of extremely influential Kyoto avand-garde artists Yagi Kazuo and his artistic group Sodeisha (Suzuki Osamu, Yamada Hikaru, Kumakura Junkichi amongst others). Akiyama’s works have been exhibited worldwide, and he has won a multitude of major awards, a few being the Suntory Museum Award, the Kyoto Prefecture Culture Award, and the Japan Ceramic Society Award and Gold Award. His work is represented in the National Museums in Kyoto and Osaka, Faenza International Ceramics Museum. Italy, The Met and the Victoria & Albert Museum, U.K. Here is a classic Akiyama work, perfect condition, 22cm.tall at highest point, 67cm.long and 29cm. at widest point. Additional photos gladly sent on request.

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Hagi Jar by Miwa Kyusetsu X

Hagi Jar by Miwa Kyusetsu X

Miwa Kyusetsu X (1895-1981), later known as Kyuwa, was the first Living National Treasure of Hagi -the second was his younger brother Miwa Kyusetsu XI (1910-2012, Jyusetsu). Quite simply, he did what LNT Kaneshige Toyo did for Bizen, or what LNT Nakazato Muan did for Karatsu. He is a legendary figure, and reinvigorated the kiln site with elegant and contemplative Hagi teawares. He was designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property (IICP, or Living National Treasure) in 1970, the same year as Fujiwara Kei. He made mostly tea wares and and very few jars like the one here, in perfect condition with the original signed box–which is an artwork in and of itself, stamped Kyusetsu on base, 24cm.tall.

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17 Ceramic-Lacquer Cups by Tanoue Shinya

17 Ceramic-Lacquer Cups by Tanoue Shinya

Born in Kyoto in 1976 Tanoue Shinya is a gallery favorite, super talented/visionary making works not seen before in all of Japan’s long yakimono history; more info on him in our archives. Here are 17 cups that he used various tones of lacquer to apply many times and polishing as well, very time consuming indeed. We also have two larger works and a chawan.

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Four Living National Treasures—-Four Tokkuri

Four Living National Treasures—-Four Tokkuri

A most wonderful quartet of four tokkuri by four Living National Treasures. L-R Fujimoto Yoshimichi (1919-1992, Overglaze Enamels), Shimaoka Tatsuzo(1919-2007, Mashiko-Jomon), Shimizu ichi(1926-2004, Iron glazes), Fujiwara Kei(1899-1983, Bizen). Each is on perfect condition with signed boxes, Fujimoto is 380,000 yen, Shimaoka(made for his 88th birthday, quite heavy) is 180,000 yen, Shimizu also 180,000 yen, Fujiwara is 330,000 yen, double-boxed. Additional photos sent on request.

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White Tamba Sculpture-Vase by Shimizu Keiichi

White Tamba Sculpture-Vase by Shimizu Keiichi

Shimizu Keiichi (b.1962) is a fourth generation Tamba potter creating minimalist geometrical forms often with graphic art designs; this work was hand-coiled formed and then manipulated into its origami-looking facade. It’s 46cm.tallx28.3cmx14, signed on base and with a signed box.

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