Old and New–Bizen Kabura Tokkuri

Old and New–Bizen Kabura Tokkuri

Here is a look at how traditional forms remain part of an ancient tradition, on the left is a Bizen kabura (turnip form) flask, also known as a boat flask (funa-dokkuri) for its wide sturdy base, created by Hoshino Sei. The one on the right is from the 16th century and featured in one of the most important books on Ko-Bizen, of which a copy comes with this work. The Hoshino is 27.5cm.tallx30cm. and is 250,000 yen, the Ko-Bizen is 26.5cm.tallx24cm, P.O.R. We also have the two other Hoshino works shown as well as large rectangular platters and square platters, info gladly sent on request.

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White Porcelain Jar by Tomimoto Kenkichi

White Porcelain Jar by Tomimoto Kenkichi

Dating to 1935 here is a classic white porcelain jar by Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963).  One of Japan’s most important ceramic artists, if not familar please do a web search. It’s in perfect condition with a box signed by Fujimoto Nodo (1919-1992), also a LNT and also a student of Tomimoto. It’s 17cm.tallx21cm., signed on base. Coincidentally this month’s issue of Tohsetsu–the journal of the Japan Ceramic Society–starts off with a very similar Tomimoto work.

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Bizen Chawan by Kaneshige Toyo

Bizen Chawan by Kaneshige Toyo

Bizen’s first Living National Treasure Kaneshige Toyo (1896-1967) is one of the most important Bizen potters of all time. Along with other first LNT’s, such as Arakawa Toyozo and Nakazato Muan, Kaneshige researched and revived the ancient Momoyama Period ways of clay preparation, kiln building, kiln loading–a key aspect–and firing. The “tsuchi-aji” clay flavor of Toyo is unsurpassed on all his works, and it is he who made both the Kaneshige name, and moreover, Bizen, an integral presence in Japanese modern and contemporary ceramics. Here is a shibui Kaneshige chawan perfectly suited for wabi-sabi tea; it has a quiet dignified presence with Kaneshige’s subtle carving around the lip and base. In perfect condition with a signed box, 8.6cm. tallx11.6, signed on base.

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Yohen Celadon Jar and Tokkuri by Minegishi Seiko

Yohen Celadon Jar and Tokkuri by Minegishi Seiko

Yohen is a term usually associated with yakishime styles such as Bizen, Tamba or Shigaraki to name a few and not usually used to describe glazed works, such as these celadon works by Minegishi Seiko(b.1952). Basically the term refers to color changes that occur during the firing and that is extremely hard to do for celadon. Minegishi has succeeded after years of being a noted celadon master, the jar is 32.cm.tallx36 and more photos details gladly sent on request. The tokkuri–both pieces have deep crackled glazing–is an elegant form at 15.5 cm. tall, signed on base, perfect condition, signed box.

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Yashichida-Oribe Tall Tokkuri Pair by Kato Yasukage XIV

Yashichida-Oribe Tall Tokkuri Pair by Kato Yasukage XIV

Here is a rare Yashichida-Oribe tokkuri pair by Kato Yasukage XIV (1964-2012) who was one of the most celebrated Mino ceramic artists of the day. Yashichi-Oribe is one Oribe style not oft seen, known for having spontaneous brush designs and glaze splashes, here too with motifs of willows and persimmons. In excellent condition–one has two small kintsugi-gold repairs on the lip–with a single signed box, each is 20.4cm.tal, signed on base.

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