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.
Bizen's second Living National Treasure was Fujiwara Kei(1899-1983); he was named a LNT in 1970. His love for sake is well-known and thus he made some of the finest sake vessels of the 20th century. Here is one of his finest yohen fired tokkuri-sake flasks ever; lovely range of tonality change an... click for details
Nakamura Rokuro(1914-2004) was the 'King of Shuki' for Bizen, shuki meaning sake cups and flasks(shuki-sake vessels), and Nakamura's are held in the highest esteem and avidly collected; any shuki collection worthy of the name must have a Nakamura Rokuro piece, period. Nakamura studied with the fi... click for details
Wada Morihiro(1944-2008) was a towering figure in the Japanese art world and created stunning works of beauty and grace. Here's a classic Wada guinomi in perfect condition with a signed box, basic guinomi size. click for details
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