Tanaka Ryohei | Japanese ...

Mr. Ryohei Tanaka travels a lot to sketch his subjects on the spot. He does not invent places. On Ryohei’s images you will hardly ever find any humans at all. The houses look deserted – and many actually are. Ryohei Tanaka has devoted his life to perfect images of old rural Japan as it once […]

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Shigaraki Tanuki Incense ...

Ceramic Tanuki, (Raccoon-Dog, see image), are a type of Shigaraki pottery that originated in Shiga Prefecture, near Kyoto, Japan during the Edo period. They are the most well-known of the sculptural pottery types, and have been part of Japanese folk lore since ancient times. The legendary Tanuki, a sign of good luck, is reputed to […]

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Chinese Shiwan (Shekwan) ...

The earliest beginnings of aquaculture indicate that fishing has had a long history, dating as far back as 4000 years. Admittedly, China was the cradle of the beginning of aquaculture, with its coastal villages providing the growing popularity with the beautiful harvest the sea offered. However, during the early centuries, and especially before the advent of […]

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Japanese Antique Kamakura...

One of the finest examples of Kamakura-bori carving techniques we have seen. Simple in form with a black lacquered finish, heavy relief of beautiful, highly detailed gold fish carvings, (representing wealth and success), at the edge, as if swimming in a natural pond. The flora is accented in a mustard-colored lacquer. Stamped ‘Made in Japan’ […]

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Antique Japanese Finely W...

The Japanese have always enjoyed combining sculptural and functional forms with unusual and unexpected materials to produce visually and physically creative works of art. Much of the bronze process has remained unchanged throughout time—certainly, the essential interaction of the alloy and the manipulation of metals and the deep emotional connection of artist to the alchemy […]

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Rare Vintage Creative Kok...

Bridal kimono motifs symbolize all the elements that a bride would desire to be fulfilled during their marriage. This doll is from the 1960s and depicts a bride in traditional wedding attire worn at the ceremonial hall after the wedding. She is wearing a beautifully detailed Uchikake, (Brocade), Kimono with traditional motif, (flying cranes, clouds, […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kano Ch...

Descriptive Qualities — This piece is entitled: Odori | Movement and is interestingly represented in this fun character representing young child wearing blue Ikat-style clothing. This kokeshi has a traditional large topknot, with clothing simply executed with varying brush strokes. The most interesting quality is the offset head, giving expression and movement to the doll. […]

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Vintage Japanese Water Dr...

This is a charming Japanese pottery water dropper, (suiteki), in the shape of a Japanese carp, (koi), and is used by scholars to moisten the solid sumi ink employed in calligraphy and drawing. The top side of the dropper is wonderfully detailed giving the piece a natural, textural quality resembling a swimming fish. Condition: No […]

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Japanese Vintage Kyoto-Ky...

This is a very large, lifelike, and precious artistic porcelain rabbit with vermilion eyes and a wonderful facial expression. It is gracefully hand-made with natural proportioned detailing, and is skillfully, but minimally decorated. This piece was most likely created for an individual born in the year of the Rabbit, (usage). The Japanese consider “rabbit people” […]

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Antique Japanese Bronze a...

Bronze Eight Sided Baluster Vase decorated ‘iroe takazogan’, ‘hirazogan’, and ‘shishiaibori, illustrating a dragon in flight chasing the “sacred pearl”. There are traces of the importance of the “sacred pearl” of wisdom, or yang energy, in early Taoism, but it is best preserved in Buddhism as the jewel in the lotus: a jewel that grants […]

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Michael Graves Tea Kettle...

This original Alessi tea kettle in 18/10 stainless steel has a blue handle and red bird-shaped whistle in PA resin at the end of the spout. This celebrated kettle sings when the water has boiled was a great success when it was introduced in 1985, and represented a meeting of great design and mass production […]

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Japanese Art Signatures: ...

This publication is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use tool, for reading Japanese art signature, in a limited-edition reprint. Designed for both layman and scholar, its simplified approach allows users to find and identify over 11,000 names of Japanese artists and craftspeople, from all periods and in all media. Includes a sections on reading dates, […]

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