Japanese Hida Shunkei Lac...

This is an exceptional example of Shunkei lacquer being in a round container with matching lid. It holds five small plates used in the tea ceremony for serving tea sweets (Wagashi). There are two small dings on the bottom edge from everyday ware, which does not distract from the visual or functional aspects of the […]

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Chinese Black Lacquer Box

A skillfully carved box that has a lid illustrating a garden setting with two figures in period robes. The round box has an interesting Greek Key motif on all sides, creating a wonderful textural pattern to the body of the piece. After the box was formed it was painted with black lacquer up to 100 […]

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Famous Ceramics of Japan ...

An out-of-print and difficult publication to locate, and one of eleven books in the series on Famous Ceramics of Japan. It offers a comprehensive and visual color survey of the major works of Tarouemon XIII (Houan Nakazato). The book is a clear indication of the reverence given to his work and Japanese tea bowls and tea […]

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Seto and Mino Ceramics by...

An inspired outpouring of colorfully glazed and eccentrically shaped ceramics from Mino delineates the glories of the Momoyama period (1568-1615), remembered as a golden age for all the arts throughout Japan. Continuing throughout the Edo period (1615-1868), Seto set the standard for fine glazed pottery to such an extent that the term Setomono (Seto things) […]

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Nothingness: Talk to a St...

An excellent collection of skillfully executed script and verse, Nothingness: Talk to a Stone is a work of art in its own right. This beautifully crafted book celebrates the masterful calligraphy and writings of Tetsuzan Shinagawa, complemented by the poetry of many other Eastern scholars and calligraphy masters. The book seamlessly integrates these timeless poems with the […]

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Kamakura-Bori Lacquered &...

This is a very rare two-colour Kamakura-Bori brooch in the form of a Japanese Wild Poinsettia flower. Exciting and lyrical in its interpretation, this beautifully executed, lacquered and carved brooch dates from the 1900s and has a sterling pin back of the time. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: 2-½”w x 1-¾”h x ½”d.

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Japanese Ojime and Ivory ...

Ojime are handcrafted decorative beads which originated in Japan as early as the 16th century. Strictly speaking the word bead is superfluous as Ojime itself means cord fastener bead. They are typically between 3/4 inch and 1 inch in diameter with a vertical hole from top to bottom, and are made from fine metals, ivory, […]

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Kamakura-Bori Lacquered &...

A very rare Kamakura-Bori lacquered and carved brooch in the form of a Cherry Blossom, (Sakura). The Cherry Blossom is Japan’s most popular and meaningful symbol, and is rooted deep in the Japanese psyche. Elegant in its simplicity, and dating approximately 1890, with a sterling “barrel clasp” pin back, it is signed by the artist. […]

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Ben Owen - Jugtown Earthe...

Benjamin Wade Owen (1905-1983) – An Overview I personally met Ben Owen just after I joined the design faculty at the University of North Carolina. Jean Crawford, an educational colleague, who wrote a wonderful book on Jugtown, and the Owen legacy, introduced me to him. So the pieces being sold came from my personal connection […]

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Ben Owen-Jugtown Earthenw...

Benjamin Wade Owen (1905-1983) – An Overview I personally met Ben Owen just after I joined the design faculty at the University of North Carolina. Jean Crawford, an educational colleague, who wrote a wonderful book on Jugtown, and the Owen legacy, introduced me to him. So the pieces being sold came from my personal connection […]

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Japanese Antique Celedon ...

A fine pair of antique celadon scroll weights, (Fuchin), in the shape of stylized plum blossoms, (Ume), with typical five petaled design accented with Imari Blue centers, and strung on purple tassels. The Plum Blossom is revered as one of the “Three Friends of Winter”, along with the Pine tree and Bamboo (sho-chiku-bai). Both are […]

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1920's Japanese Incense C...

A 1920s-30s Incense container in Mulberry wood for the tea ceremony. Simply beautiful, and beautifully simple in its execution. While this type of container will often be plain, as it is used during the warmer months in Japan, this special Kogo is inlaid with a 16-petal Chrysanthemum, (Kiku), which is the crest of Japan’s Imperial […]

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