Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907)
Box Inscription by Tajika Chikuson(1864-1922) in 1918
Width 59.9cm Length 205.5cm or Width 23.5" Length 80.9"
Work painted in 1903
Inscription generally reads:In the distant and isolated valley, amidst the unmoveable mountains, evoking a line or two for a poem, time simply passes with the clouds and the sound of the waterfall.
Late 20th century
Size: Diameter 9.7cm Height 9.5cm
The standing crane motif is based on an example where Kobori Enshu and Tokugawa Iemitsu produced a tea bowl celebrating Hosokawa Sansai's birthday. Interestingly, the bowl was fired in a kiln in Pusan and is a hybrid of Japanese aesthetics and Korean ceramic techniques. Since the work was produced by the shogun and his tea master, the term Gohonte was then used.
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Kutani Ware Porcelain Plate of Dogwood Flowers and Birds
Size: Diameter 22cm Height 5cm
A typical Japanese porcelain plate depicting a pair of birds perched on a dogwood branch with flowers blooming. The arts and crafts of Japan are heavily shaped by the new governmental policies implemented to show that Japan could produce fine works of art that could meet the taste of the western world.
Sculpture of Tanuki
Size: Length 7.5" Width 7.5" Height 12.5"
A standard tanuki sculpture with the tank holding the usual implements: a sake bottle and a notepad with the accounts written. The unusual elements would be the headband and the type of clay used in the sculpture. No signature or seal is found on the object.
Chinese Porcelain Bowl with Buddhist Motifs
Size: Diameter 5" Height 3.5"
From a Taiwanese Collection in San Francisco.
A rather unusual porcelain bowl decorated with various Buddhist motifs. The bottom contains a Manchu or Mongolian inscription which is found in works sent to these regions in the early 20th century.
Tanuki as Bodhi dharma
size: Length 9.5" Width 8" Height 8.5"
An interesting ceramic sculpture of the tanuki (raccoon-dog). Unlike the traditional forms often seen, this figure is wearing a red cloak, the red is evocative of the red robe worn by Bodhidharma. No signature or seals are found on the piece.
Yamada Suiu (active 20th century)
Length 13" Height 19.2"
A group of 13 various landscapes from modern Japanese to traditional Chinese literati styles done by an artist named Yamada Suiu. According to the documentation, the artist was trained under Tanaka Raisho and Matsuoka Eigaku. Interestingly nothing further is known about this artist, but one can only speculate that he was active around the Meiji to Taisho periods.
Tin Sake Sorori
Showa Period c. 1930-1950
Size: Diameter 8.4cm Height 15.5cm
An interesting tin sake server with several inscriptions on the body. One side has either a location or the name of a family, Oiwa. The other side reading, Ichihisa Musume which may have been the brand name for a sake or some form of advertisement.
Set of Three Sake Cups and Sake Bottle
Late 20th century
Size: Bottle: Diameter 5.6cm Height 10cm
Pewter in Japan is often used in sake and tea utensils. For sake, it is thought that pewter helps to mellow any sharpness from the sake and removes any impurities. The set was produced by Suzuhan a noted maker of pewter sake wares.
Blue Glaze Chaire with Arisugawa Shikamon Donsu Shifuku
Size: Diameter 6.1cm Height 7.1 cm
A rather unusual blue Japanese tea caddy or chaire with a protective cloth or shifuku. Often tianmu or tenmoku style glazes are done in hues of brown to black. However, blue is an unusual choice. No signature or seal is found on the piece.