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Recent finds.

September 15, 2010

I just got back from an antiques auction.

I think dealers are also getting the idea that the locus of control is lowering as far as having a shop and moving  to the Internet. The focus of conversation at lunch was twofold. How everyone wishes the hotel where the auction is held would switch to something other than curry/rice and how having a presence on the Internet is the way to go. Low overhead was the main reason cited.

There were a number of interesting items that I couldn’t get because they went out of my price range. Mostly clocks. I like clocks and bells. Maybe next time.

Here are most of the items I brought home. I also brought home a lot of glass but didn’t photograph it.

Recent finds.

July 16, 2010

It has been raining here for about a week. Pouring, day and night.
I went to an auction I attend monthly in Nara and here are the things I picked up.

First a few notes on the auction.

The market has completely crashed for middle quality Imari. The market for high middle and the lower end of the high market is looking sick too. The very top, Nabeshima, shoki Imari, etc. is holding it’s own.

I am very interested in sobachoko. I have been reading a couple of books I bought recently on  them and I am itching to try out my new found knowledge. I won’t be doing any of that until I scrape enough money to buy some since sobachoko are the one item that has consistently held ground on price. Expensive.

I could have picked up a matching set of 2 bowls done in celedon with underglaze work. They were very beautiful and delicate. I didn’t simply because they were outside of my very narrow price range but after I thought about it I think I really missed an opportunity. I do end up selling most of what I buy so I can’t afford to have a large amount tied up in my own “collection” but they were very beautiful.

There were a couple of items I wanted to bid on but left before they came up. One was a Bizen tokkuri that had a kamajirushi in an unlikely spot. I saw a few people looking at the bottom of the piece trying to figure out if what looked like a mark was in fact a mark. I walked over and did the same, deciding it wasn’t a mark. As I was putting the piece back into the basket I noticed a distinct and identifiable mark on the side that I am sure most people missed. The tokkuri was at least 300-400 years old so I might have gotten a deal if the mark wasn’t noticed by anyone else. The other piece I wanted to bid on was a shoki Imari plate. Very simple underglaze gosu design. One of the most simple designs I have seen. I forgot both of them and only remembered them as we were heading home.

The first is a piece of wood from I don’t know what. It has old and rusted nails holding it together. Very beautiful and delicate.
The second piece is a celadon glazed plate with extensive underglaze work in gosu or cobalt. Gosu is Japan’s natural cobalt. At some point the plate was repaired with gold fill. I really like pieces with this type of repair and I think this plate looks fantastic with it.
The next piece is a printed plate with a brown edge.
The next plate is interesting in that it has a variety of different motifs.
The next plate is a typical piece decorated with cobalt. The color is much more intense than gosu.
Mountain Fuji plate is next and in the plates the last one is a stork and pine tree theme.
I also bought a tea ceremony furo and kama.
Lastly are 3 candelabra. The smallest is very nice. It looks like it belongs in a temple. The second one is very Japanese and the last one is more western.

Wakakusakai auction. Kiln update.

October 15, 2009

Just back from a monthly auction I attend. Everyone seemed to be half asleep, like me from my kiln firing.  There were a few exceptional pieces. A Kamakura era piece, a part of the Nara gojunoto that went very cheap. A massive planter, 150 cm. in diameter, went for about 5,000 yen, delivery included. No one wanted it as it is too heavy to move. A couple of pieces I was looking for didn’t show up, a set of Kutani sake cups in particular. The link shows them at the bottom. I hope they show up next month. I wanted to buy a Shigaraki mizusashi that was very beautiful. The starting price was what I decided would be my maximum price. It didn’t sell, I didn’t put a bid in because I still haven’t fully woken up from the marathon firing. There was a white Bizen piece that went for a couple of hundred thousand yen. Winner of the most confusing bid sequence goes to a pile of paper that included a couple of books. The bid started at about 10,000 yen, quickly went to 50,000 yen and suddenly jumped to 200,000 yen. The winner looked as confused as everyone. I don’t know if he planned on paying that much but that is what he bid.

What is it about some of these dealers?

There are snacks available, in the morning a lot of candy, crackers, cookies, etc., in the afternoon breads, apple pie type bread, boxed juice. There are a couple of older dealers that happen to sit directly in front of me that leave, after several trips to the snack area, with their bags buldging with snacks to take home in their new Volvos and Jaguars.

Kiln update.

It is now 280 c.

Antiques 9-19-09

September 20, 2009

Kura dashi part two. These photos are a continuation of last weeks series. The monthly Wakakusakai auction was the 15th. in Nara and lot 1 of the 3 lots was divided into 4 sub-lots. All 4 were sold on the 15th. Next month lot 2 will go up. Nothing too outstanding about the auction last week. The blue and white ceramics went for pretty good prices. There were about 50 guinomi that I didn’t see during the first photo session that were sold. I tried to get a couple of the lots but couldn’t afford them.

The photos just before the Kutani guinomi are Mr. Kawase looking and labeling the items in the boxes. It is very interesting to see the process. I finally understand something I have heard a number of times: that antiques dealers see more in a month than most people see in a lifetime.

In the pictures below I would like to draw attention to the last set of pictures of the Kutani guinomi. If anybody is interested in them contact me and let me know what your highest bid would be and I will bid for them for you. I want them and if I can get them I will try but if anyone is interested let me know. The bid would not of course include shipping. That actually goes for any item in the pictures.

Antiques 9-12-09

September 13, 2009

This is what a “kura dashi” looks like. An estate sale. This kura held the combined holdings of three generations of collectors. All told there are roughly 500 lots. The earliest is around the Kamakura period. The current head of the family has no interest or use for the items so he took everything to the dealer to be sold. The items will go up for auction at the Wakakusakai auction in three lots, the first this coming Tuesday the 15th. of September. I will be on the sideline hoping there is a tiring out from so much Ming ware and Mishima teabowls going that I will be able to pick up something in my price range. None of this stuff had been touched since Showa 17,  1942. The newspapers show a date of Showa 17. I really like the Ming rooster plate, the bowls that have pictures of the children although they don’t really look like children, those bowls date from around 1720 and some of the Iga and Mishima ware.

I don’t have a lot of details on each piece as I was busy opening boxes, photographing and re-tying the box.