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All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1135910
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$300.00
Two Japanese pottery yunomi. One cylindrical with a warm terra cotta colored glaze with white dripping on a coarse, light buff body burnt to an earthy orange where the bottom meets the glaze - the ring foot notched beside an impressed, three character artist's mark. Height 3 3/16 inches (8.1 cm), Diameter 2 3/8 inches (6.03 cm). The other with slightly curved sides and a rich, mottled iron glaze with a white to caramel dripping from the rim as if overflowing from the mottled white glazed interior - raised on a ring foot without glaze on the foot rim and centering two gold lacquered characters flanking a small impressed artist's seal in circular cartouche. Height 3 7/16 inches (8.73 cm), Diameter 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm). We recently blogged about a cloisonne pendant possibly being the longest held item in our collection. These two cups are, actually, the longest held items in our possession and purchased from the same source - antiques dealer Evan Wolf - in the mid 1980s.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1186780
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$300.00
A fine 20th century studio lacquer charger. Persimmon orange-red lacquer with decoration of peony blossoms incised to an under layer of black lacquer in the Kamakura manner (and possibly from one of the ateliers in that town which can still be seen and visited when trekking up the main street to the temples.) Gilt lacquered rim. Black lacquer also singularly exposed inside the foot rim. Good condition with light wear. Diameter 15 1/2 inches (39.37 cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1135074
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$325.00
Japanese pottery tsubo vase. An earthy, drab gray-green glaze on porcelaneous body with thin iron wash and with bold, rich red iron oxide glaze painted floral decoration on opposing sides of the tsubo form with thickly potted shoulder rising to a broad, everted rim. Two character impressed artist's mark inside the foot appears to read Kazan ('Ka' being the 10 stroke character also read as "hana".) A pleasant, substantial feel when held. Excellent condition. Height, 9 3/4 inches (24.76 cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Tea Articles : Pre 1980 item #1134712
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$115.00
A large teabowl of open form with slightly curved, sloped sides - apparently coil formed and with an unctuous white glaze accentuating the coiling. Sparse grass decoration painted under the glaze inside the outside the bowl. All raised on a relatively tall ring foot. Anonymous. A good, substantial feel. Good condition. Diameter, 7 inches (17.78 cm). Height, 3 1/8 inches (7.94 cm).
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Ceramics : American : Pottery : Pre 1980 item #1053442
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$1,000.00
I visited the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC a little more than a year ago and saw some really creative ceramics with leather incorporated into the composition among related, sculptural works. It did make a spontaneous and lasting impression that led me to recognize and purchase a wonderful and unusual work by the same hand found in an antiques and collectibles market.

Featured here is a monumental mixed media salt glazed pottery charger. My first impression was a landscape with sun (concentric iron colored circles on clay body) on the horizon (leather upon iron colored band) over blue colored area (suggesting water?) Where the horizon meets is reminiscent of Rothko. But the hanger suggests it may have been intended with the concentric rings below, as if a valley. The blue area, in that case, might represent the sky (if indeed it is intended as a landscape.) The horizon would not sit level if the hanger shows intent. One might also remove the hanger and place as a centerpiece. The charger is signed "TURKER GWU CORCORON [sic] 1971".

The artist is Turker Ozdogan, Fellow of Corcoran College of Art and Design. He also received an MFA at George Washington University. As faculty, he established the ceramics program at GWU and continues as the Director. Ozdogan previously received recognition from the Applied Fine Arts School, Istanbul, the Eczacibasi Ceramics Factory also in Turkey, and Furst Adolf Werkstatte Fur Keramik, Buckeburg, Germany. He has achieved recognition, awards or exhibitions with Corcoran Gallery of Art, the International Monetary Fund, the World bank, Meridian House, and the United Nations Plaza, Turkevi Gallery. His work has been featured in the press and in publications and is in many private and public collections including The George Washington University Permanent Collection, and Kale Ceramics Museum, Turkey. Condition is good. Diameter, 22 inches.

Have not found other works available on the market and no archival basis to establish comparative value. The artist is apparently aesthetically rather than commercially motivated. This will be weighty and careful packing so at the buyer's expense.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1980 item #1134695
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$235.00
An interesting modern, abstract koro. The compressed sphere with elliptical, off centered opening. A warm, brown temmoku glaze with darker brown glaze dripping from the top and stopping in controlled fashion above a well - continuing to form the unglazed foot in ogee fashion. An artist seal (three or four stylized Kanji characters within an oval) is impressed into the concave base near the foot rim. Very good condition. Some burnt on kiln residue on the foot goes to 'wabi'. A couple small chips off the foot (revealing a flint colored body beneath the brown hagi-like surface) go to 'sabi'. About 4 3/4 inches (12.1 cm) diameter. About 2 3/8 inches (6.03cm) high.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1980 item #1203506 (stock #765.00)
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$765.00
A high impact, decorative celadon charger by master potter Hisashi Tezuka. The stylized dragon decoration, inspired by longquan examples of the Chinese Song dynasty, is strongly defined in high relief. The border with more subtle, softly conveyed molded lotus decoration (in the manner of longquan carved decoration.) The verso with raised foot with three apertures for silk cord. Incised "O" (meaning center, or middle) mark. Perhaps this is a reference to the Dragon symbol and the personality it represents. The charger may have been made for the Year of the Dragon (perhaps 1964 or more likely 1976 [being the "fire dragon"] from which the accompanying box apparently dates - third quarter 20th century.) A list of the artist's memberships, national and international exhibitions, and prizes (the printed original in Japanese along with a typed translation) accompanies the boxed charger. Having researched the name, we found a former (and surviving) kamikaze pilot with the same name and with a thoughtful, reflective perspective. We also exchanged limited correspondence by e-mail with one of his practicing proteges - Ikuzi Teraki - also born in Japan and now in Washington, Vermont. Very good condition. 13" width
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Organics : Wood : Pre 1980 item #1187810
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$135.00
A nicely hand carved wood figural group of the Madonna with baby Jesus. Hand painted with light colors - further faded over time. Were it not for the "Italy" label inside the base, one might easily mistake this for German, Southern Bavarian work. And as Italian, South Tyrol, it does issue from the same Tyrolean (a Kingdom, known for its wood sculpting, including modern day Austria, Southern Bavaria and South Tyrol - today Tyrol is an Austrian province still with Innsbruck as its capital) tradition of woodcarving. Good condition. Height 4 1/4 inches (10.795 cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1197660
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$195.00
Four Zohiko lacquer plates. Colorful leaf decoration sparsely applied on black ground with almost iridescent effect with gold and silver maki-e and red details. Zohiko marks in gold lacquer on the flat bottoms without foot rims. 20th century. Very good condition with only light rubbing on the bottoms (likely easily polished out by a professional.) 20th century. Diameters 7 3/4 inches (19.685 cm). Combine with other pieces from this set to save on shipping.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1197662
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$325.00
A set of seven Zohiko covered soup bowls. Colorful leaf decoration sparsely applied on black ground with almost iridescent effect with gold and silver maki-e and red details. Zohiko marks in silver lacquer inside the bowls' foot rims. 20th century. Bowl diameter s about 4 11/16 inches (11.9 cm). Excellent condition. Combine with other pieces from this set to save on shipping.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1187828
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$85.00
A Kamakura-bori red over black lacquer plate with flowering Hibiscus decoration. Inscribed in hiragana on the black lacquered surface inside the foot rim. Good condition with some rubbing to the wood on edges of the lacquered, carved flower decoration. Diameter, 9 3/8 inches (23.8 cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1197659
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$65.00
Two Zohiko covered rice bowls. Colorful leaf decoration sparsely applied on black ground with almost iridescent effect with gold and silver maki-e and red details. Zohiko marks in gold lacquer inside the bowls' foot rims. 20th century. Bowl diameter 5 1/16 inches (12.86 cm). The bowls each with small lacquer losses along the foot rim. The lacquer otherwise being in good condition with no distress or wear of note. Combine with other pieces from this set to save on shipping.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1197644
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A Zohiko covered rice bowl. Colorful leaf decoration sparsely applied on black ground with almost iridescent effect with gold and silver maki-e and red details. Zohiko mark in gold lacquer inside the bowl's foot rim. 20th century. Bowl diameter 5 1/16 inches (12.86 cm). Note that this bowl has a tight crack, about a half inch, issuing from the rim. The cover has two small flea bite losses to the lacquer along the cover's foot rim. The lacquer otherwise being in good condition with no distress or wear of note. Combine with other pieces from this set to save on shipping.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1197654
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$20.00
A Zohiko covered rice bowl. Colorful leaf decoration sparsely applied on black ground with almost iridescent effect with gold and silver maki-e and red details. Zohiko mark in gold lacquer inside the bowl's foot rim. 20th century. Bowl diameter 5 1/16 inches (12.86 cm). The bowl has two small losses to the lacquer along the foot and one small loss to the rim. The cover is in good condition. The lacquer otherwise being in good condition with no distress or wear of note. Combine with other pieces from this set to save on shipping.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1980 item #1197648
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$25.00
A Zohiko covered soup bowl. Colorful leaf decoration sparsely applied on black ground with almost iridescent effect with gold and silver maki-e and red details. Zohiko mark in silver lacquer inside the bowl's foot rim. 20th century. Bowl diameter 4 9/16 inches (11.59 cm). Condition is relatively quite good with only a small abrasion to the lacquer on foot rim of the bowl. The lacquer otherwise is in good condition with no distress or wear of note. A quirk in the underlying wood (not an issue with condition) conveys subtly to the surface of the cover. Combine with other pieces from this set to save on shipping.
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Medals : Pre 1970 item #1064818
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$90.00
An octagonal miniature Japanese bronze, bell metal mirror. Relief decoration of phoenix, kirin, pheasants and other birds among cloud wisps and floral decoration. The mirror forms one of the three Imperial regalia of Japan (the other two being the sword and magatama bead.) A small four character mark appears along the edge (have been told it is an Imperial Japanese mint mark but have not confirmed this.) Probably a presentation medal or token of appreciation. Diameter from flat edges 2 5/8" (6.67cm), from points 2 13/16" (7.14cm). A clear bell tone is heard when struck. Condition is very good with full detail of decoration but with distressed gilding (faint traces remaining on the front) and one deeper scratch (among other scratching) to the flat side of the mirror (perhaps noticeable because of the more extensive remaining gilt on that side.) Our camera and lighting apparently did not pick up on the traces of gilt. Note that while this is in the form of a traditional mirror, it was never intended as a functional mirror. The first enlarged view approximates actual size. The remaining enlarged views are larger than actual size. Seems to be mid 20th century.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Woodblock Prints : Pre 1970 item #1091312
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$385.00
Woodblock print from the Maiko series. Pencil signed "Kiyoshi Saito" with red seal in the plate. Annotated "(2)" in the margin. Considering this was backed with pages from "The Tokyo Chunichi" newspaper from 1963, the back of the print shows very little toning save for the once adhesed corners. Paper size, 16 1/2 in (41.9cm) x 11 1/4 in (28.57cm). Image area, 15 1/2 in (39.4cm) x 10 1/4 in (26cm)
All Items : Vintage Arts : Decorative Art : Organics : Wood : Pre 1970 item #1070493 (stock #3456)
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$235.00
A carved wood Mallard Duck decoy with light, hollowed body (in top and bottom section) and nicely defined tail and wing feathers. Painted details and glass eyes. Good, serviceable condition with natural wear from use. This useable decoy would make a great decoration. "H.W. Jones" impressed on the bottom. We were told when acquiring that it was from the Chesapeake Bay area vicinity Delaware. But we found online information from a reputable specialty auction house (with presale estimate for an H.W. Jones hollow black duck decoy) suggesting the Hudson River area of New York. Length from tip of bill to tip of tail: 17 3/8 inches