Categories: Studio Ceramics: Stoneware (12)
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Japanese Antique Pottery Incense Burner
Japanese Antique Pottery Incense Burner
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A rare and important two-piece pottery censer in the form of a Buddhist lion standing on four robust legs. The lid (the creature's head) and the powerful body are naturalistically modeled with a flame-like mane and tail - the entirety, richly gilt. This censer is a signed work by Imperial Court Artist Ito Tozan, and includes tomobako with textile insert. It is in excellent condition with no chips, damage or restoration. Length: 6", width: 4", height: 6.5" Meiji Period, Japan
Japanese Antique Ito Tozan Vase
Japanese Antique Ito Tozan Vase
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A major pottery vase of tapered form completely decorated with delicate karakusa (Chinese leafy scrollwork) in a dark blue slip. Plum flowers in gilt and red glaze add a surprising and sumptuous finishing touch to the vase. Signed by the renowned Kyoto-based artist ITO TOZAN on the base with seal of Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Court Artist). The vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Height: 12" Meiji Period, Japan
Japanese Antique Suwa Sozan II Vase
Japanese Antique Suwa Sozan II Vase
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A major celadon porcelain vase of tall, tapered form with a striking lustrous glaze. On its body, in relief, a raptor with a broad, graceful wing span dominates the sky amid auspicious clouds, extremely realistic to the eye and to the touch. The vase includes its tomobako and is signed at the base SUWA SOZAN II. The vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Height: 10”. Circa 1920, Japan
Japanese Antique Bizenware Hibachi as a Shishi Mask
Japanese Antique Bizenware Hibachi as a Shishi Mask
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A monumental Bizenware hibachi formed as a shishi mask. Originally used by the samurai class, hibachi were used since Heian times as portable heaters made usually of wood or lacquer and later metal and ceramic. This one is made of the highly resistant, iron-rich Bizen pottery. One of the oldest forms of pottery in Japan, Bizen ware pieces, like this shishi mask, are heavy in weight due to its iron-rich content. The shishi mask is boldly sculpted with unglazed surface and at the base small... Click for details
Japanese Antique Stoneware Vase
Japanese Antique Stoneware Vase
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This tall, full-bodied stoneware vase captures the old natural earthy glaze of ancient functional pots with its iron red undertones and small handles along the shoulders. An excellent example of traditional Japanese potting, its surface is carved with horizontal lines about the body and symmetrical grooves along the foot. This wonderful pot is in overall good condition with minor surface wear, commensurate with age and use. Height: 16” 19th Century, Japan
An Iga Ware Mizusashi
An Iga Ware Mizusashi
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An Iga-yaki (Iga ware) mizusashi with black-lacquered cover. This tea ceremony fresh water jar is hand-made in the characteristic style of the beloved Iga ware—a rustic unglazed body of irregular form with small “katamimi” handles sculpted along the neck. An enamel glaze dramatically dripping from the top and down the sides is rendered in a soft beige hue with crackled finish. This one-of-a-kind piece is in excellent condition. Height: 8.25”, width: 8” Edo Period, Japan
Makuzu Kozan Stoneware Vase
Makuzu Kozan Stoneware Vase
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A stoneware vase of traditional form partially covered with a dripping celadon glaze, a dark-eyed shrimp sculpture sprawled upon its surface. The lustrous celadon glaze is a marked contrast to the grainy texture of the unglazed stoneware. Makuzu Kozan II double-gourd mark on base. This iconic piece is in excellent condition with no problems.. Provenance: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Sardi. (For a similar jar see “Master Potter of Meiji Japan” by Clare Pollard p.80. Ashmolean Museum, 1990.) Height:... Click for details
Stoneware Vase with Bamboo by Makuzu Kozan
Stoneware Vase with Bamboo by Makuzu Kozan
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A stoneware vase of compressed form and wide shoulders decorated in the style of the 17th Century master Kyoto potter, Ninsei Nonomura. Renowned Yokohama-based ceramicist Makuzu Kozan centuries later took his own approach to the work of Ninsei, which is reflected in this stoneware piece. An iron-rich tenmoku glaze runs down the sides of the vase to create a mottled, spontaneous effect. The rest of the body is embellished with bamboo leaves in lustrous colored-glazes and gilt details, ... Click for details
Stoneware Cake Dish
Stoneware Cake Dish
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A major stoneware cake dish of rounded- square form, highlit with gilt accents. Its soft color and monochromatic glaze provides a neutral ground for the moriage white and red -glazed kiku buds floating among swirling clouds. The dish is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Makuzu Kozan II signature cartouche and mark on the base. (Similar dish published in Kathleen Emerson-Dell’s “Bridging the East and West—Japanese Ceramics from the Kozan Studio, Selections from... Click for details
Stoneware Vase with Cranes
Stoneware Vase with Cranes
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A splendid stoneware vase of ovoid form and everted lip. On its textured body, two baby cranelets rest upon a rich, tenmoko glaze, defining the scene. The baby cranes' fluffy plumage, not yet mature, is enameled in low relief, their eyes, legs and beaks detailed in gilt. This marvelous vase exemplifies the artist's genius with all ceramic materials, resulting in this instant, in an innovative fusion of stoneware and sophisticated glaze. This piece is in excellent condition with no chips,... Click for details
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