I have known Robert for many years and have visited him in Japan. I find Robert to be warm, kind and truly an authority on the subject of Japanese Ceramics. I trust him and his judgement implicitly.
Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Dating to 2006, rare form, great firing, signed box, 13.5cm.tall. click for details
Here is a rare circa 1970 Shigaraki Bajo-Hai Stemmed Guinomi by the late great Tsuji Seimei (1927-2008). In perfect condition with a signed box, 8cm.tall, signed on base. click for details
Nakamura Rokuro(1914-2004) was the king of Bizen sake vessels yet also made many other forms and here is a rare dorabachi--serving vessel that I bet he made for delicacies to accompany some fine sake or wine. A kenzan could also be placed within for flowers. In perfect condition with a signed box... click for details
Mori Togaku(b.1937) is a living legend for Bizen; more about him can be read in our archives. Needless to say from looking at the archive photos I'm a huge fan of his and have seen-handled many works from his career. Without a doubt the firing on this elegant tsurukubi vase is unparalleled and f... click for details
Double-boxed, 26cm.tall. Museum piece, dating to his second o-gama firing. click for details
Brilliant by the only neriage LNT Matsui Kosei. click for details
This is a kenjo or 'presentation' form vase popular in the Edo period and as many know the great Harada Shuroku looks to Ko-Bizen for inspiration. The contrast of light buff clay with the maple-leaf red of the rice straw is very pleasing indeed. Dating back about 20 years, in perfect condition wi... click for details
In the average kitchen in medieval Japan there were three essential ceramic items known as Sanshu no Shinki (three treasured wares, a pun on Sanshu no Jingi, the three treasures of the Imperial Family). The three items were the large wide-mouthed vat (kame), the smaller narrow-necked jar (tsubo) ... click for details
Here are two very rare pieces, a new-recipe ash-glazed tokkuri by Kakurezaki Ryuichi and a large Madara-Garatsu guinomi by Kaneshige Sozan((1909-1995). The Kakurezaki is very new, 15cm.tallx11x8, signed on side with a signed box and is Sold the Kaneshige is 4.8cm.tall x8.5-9cm.wide and is thickly... click for details
Moritoki Taiyu(b.1920) is a master calligrapher as well as being a respected potter who specializes in Bizen(studied with Isezaki Yozan), he also fired Shino and Karatsu. Here is a dramatically fired vase in a cut bamboo form; there is calligraphy etched on the front yet we've yet to be able to r... click for details