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Bizen and Hagi

Bizen Tradition and Hagi Tradition

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MIWA KYŪWA (KYŪSETSU X) (1895-1981)

Hagi square waterjar with flattened sides, rounded base and red lacquer cover

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 1/2 x 7 x 6 7/8 in.

INV# 12252

$ 12,000
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MIWA KYŪWA (KYŪSETSU X) (1895-1981)

Hagi square waterjar with flattened sides, rounded base and red lacquer cover

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 1/2 x 7 x 6 7/8 in.

INV# 12252

$ 12,000

MIWA KYŪWA (KYŪSETSU X) (1895-1981)

Hagi square waterjar with flattened sides, rounded base and red lacquer cover

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 1/2 x 7 x 6 7/8 in.

INV# 12252

$ 12,000

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MIWA EIZŌ (1946-1999)

Diamond-shaped, faceted incense burner with black, gold and silver glazes

1994

Glazed stoneware

6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

$ 3,400

MIWA EIZŌ (1946-1999)

Diamond-shaped, faceted incense burner with black, gold and silver glazes

1994

Glazed stoneware

6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

$ 3,400

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MIWA JUSETSU (KYŪSETSU XI) (1910-2012)

Crawling, white and pink, Hagi-glazed low plate

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original box

2 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 10036

$ 5,950
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MIWA JUSETSU (KYŪSETSU XI) (1910-2012)

Crawling, white and pink, Hagi-glazed low plate

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original box

2 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 10036

$ 5,950

MIWA JUSETSU (KYŪSETSU XI) (1910-2012)

Crawling, white and pink, Hagi-glazed low plate

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original box

2 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 10036

$ 5,950

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MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White and pink Hagi-glazed eared waterjar with floral motif and matching lid

ca. 1981

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

INV# 12257

$ 8,500
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MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White and pink Hagi-glazed eared waterjar with floral motif and matching lid

ca. 1981

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

INV# 12257

$ 8,500

MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White and pink Hagi-glazed eared waterjar with floral motif and matching lid

ca. 1981

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

INV# 12257

$ 8,500

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MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White Hagi-glazed sculpture of a long-haired woman with a vase

ca. 2002

Glazed stoneware with original double box

8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

INV# 12259

$ 5,850
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MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White Hagi-glazed sculpture of a long-haired woman with a vase

ca. 2002

Glazed stoneware with original double box

8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

INV# 12259

$ 5,850

MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White Hagi-glazed sculpture of a long-haired woman with a vase

ca. 2002

Glazed stoneware with original double box

8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

INV# 12259

$ 5,850

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KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen small-eared ribbed waterjar with broad mouth

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original double box

7 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.

INV# 12240

$ 15,800
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KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen small-eared ribbed waterjar with broad mouth

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original double box

7 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.

INV# 12240

$ 15,800

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen small-eared ribbed waterjar with broad mouth

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original double box

7 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.

INV# 12240

$ 15,800

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KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen rectangular dish with tear-drop shaped perforations

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with original box

2 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.

INV# 12242

$ 18,000
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KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen rectangular dish with tear-drop shaped perforations

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with original box

2 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.

INV# 12242

$ 18,000

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen rectangular dish with tear-drop shaped perforations

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with original box

2 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.

INV# 12242

$ 18,000

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KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen eared vase with split, torn neck

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

12 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.

INV# 12266

$ 6,750
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KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen eared vase with split, torn neck

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

12 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.

INV# 12266

$ 6,750

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen eared vase with split, torn neck

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

12 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.

INV# 12266

$ 6,750

Inquire
KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen large-eared vase with flared mouth

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 7/8 x 7 x 5 in.

INV# 12247

$ 6,450
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KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen large-eared vase with flared mouth

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 7/8 x 7 x 5 in.

INV# 12247

$ 6,450

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen large-eared vase with flared mouth

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 7/8 x 7 x 5 in.

INV# 12247

$ 6,450

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KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen sculpture titled, "From the Sea" 

ca. 2004 

Unglazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 14 in.   

INV# 12370

$ 16,500

 
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KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen sculpture titled, "From the Sea" 

ca. 2004 

Unglazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 14 in.   

INV# 12370

$ 16,500

 

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen sculpture titled, "From the Sea" 

ca. 2004 

Unglazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 14 in.   

INV# 12370

$ 16,500

 

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KANESHIGE SOZAN (1909-1995)

Round Shigaraki vase with incised crossed patterning

ca. 1994

Unglazed stoneware with original box

7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.

INV# 12244

$ 6,500
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KANESHIGE SOZAN (1909-1995)

Round Shigaraki vase with incised crossed patterning

ca. 1994

Unglazed stoneware with original box

7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.

INV# 12244

$ 6,500

KANESHIGE SOZAN (1909-1995)

Round Shigaraki vase with incised crossed patterning

ca. 1994

Unglazed stoneware with original box

7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.

INV# 12244

$ 6,500

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KANESHIGE MAKOTO (b. 1945)

Bizen gourd-shaped vase with kiln effects

ca. 2015

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 5 in.

INV# 12248

$ 4,500
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KANESHIGE MAKOTO (b. 1945)

Bizen gourd-shaped vase with kiln effects

ca. 2015

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 5 in.

INV# 12248

$ 4,500

KANESHIGE MAKOTO (b. 1945)

Bizen gourd-shaped vase with kiln effects

ca. 2015

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 5 in.

INV# 12248

$ 4,500

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KANESHIGE MICHIAKI (1934-1995)

Bizen kinuta (furling-block) shaped vase with sloping neck

late 1970s

Unglazed stoneware with original box

8 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.

INV# 12245

$ 9,000
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KANESHIGE MICHIAKI (1934-1995)

Bizen kinuta (furling-block) shaped vase with sloping neck

late 1970s

Unglazed stoneware with original box

8 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.

INV# 12245

$ 9,000

KANESHIGE MICHIAKI (1934-1995)

Bizen kinuta (furling-block) shaped vase with sloping neck

late 1970s

Unglazed stoneware with original box

8 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.

INV# 12245

$ 9,000

Inquire
MIWA KYŪWA (KYŪSETSU X) (1895-1981)

Hagi square waterjar with flattened sides, rounded base and red lacquer cover

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 1/2 x 7 x 6 7/8 in.

INV# 12252

$ 12,000

MIWA KYŪWA (KYŪSETSU X) (1895-1981)

Hagi square waterjar with flattened sides, rounded base and red lacquer cover

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 1/2 x 7 x 6 7/8 in.

INV# 12252

$ 12,000

MIWA EIZŌ (1946-1999)

Diamond-shaped, faceted incense burner with black, gold and silver glazes

1994

Glazed stoneware

6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

$ 3,400

MIWA EIZŌ (1946-1999)

Diamond-shaped, faceted incense burner with black, gold and silver glazes

1994

Glazed stoneware

6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

$ 3,400

MIWA JUSETSU (KYŪSETSU XI) (1910-2012)

Crawling, white and pink, Hagi-glazed low plate

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original box

2 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 10036

$ 5,950

MIWA JUSETSU (KYŪSETSU XI) (1910-2012)

Crawling, white and pink, Hagi-glazed low plate

ca. 1970

Glazed stoneware with original box

2 x 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.

Inv# 10036

$ 5,950

MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White and pink Hagi-glazed eared waterjar with floral motif and matching lid

ca. 1981

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

INV# 12257

$ 8,500

MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White and pink Hagi-glazed eared waterjar with floral motif and matching lid

ca. 1981

Glazed stoneware with original double box

6 3/8 x 7 3/4 x 6 1/2 in.

INV# 12257

$ 8,500

MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White Hagi-glazed sculpture of a long-haired woman with a vase

ca. 2002

Glazed stoneware with original double box

8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

INV# 12259

$ 5,850

MIWA RYŪKISHŌ (KYŪSETSU XII, RYŌSAKU) (b. 1940)

White Hagi-glazed sculpture of a long-haired woman with a vase

ca. 2002

Glazed stoneware with original double box

8 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/8 in.

INV# 12259

$ 5,850

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KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen small-eared ribbed waterjar with broad mouth

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original double box

7 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.

INV# 12240

$ 15,800

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen small-eared ribbed waterjar with broad mouth

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with black lacquer cover and original double box

7 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.

INV# 12240

$ 15,800

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen rectangular dish with tear-drop shaped perforations

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with original box

2 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.

INV# 12242

$ 18,000

KANESHIGE TŌYŌ (1896-1967)

Bizen rectangular dish with tear-drop shaped perforations

ca. 1953

Unglazed stoneware with original box

2 3/4 x 11 1/4 x 9 3/8 in.

INV# 12242

$ 18,000

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen eared vase with split, torn neck

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

12 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.

INV# 12266

$ 6,750

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen eared vase with split, torn neck

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

12 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.

INV# 12266

$ 6,750

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen large-eared vase with flared mouth

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 7/8 x 7 x 5 in.

INV# 12247

$ 6,450

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen large-eared vase with flared mouth

ca. 2000

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 7/8 x 7 x 5 in.

INV# 12247

$ 6,450

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen sculpture titled, "From the Sea" 

ca. 2004 

Unglazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 14 in.   

INV# 12370

$ 16,500

 

KANESHIGE KŌSUKE (b. 1943)

Bizen sculpture titled, "From the Sea" 

ca. 2004 

Unglazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 14 in.   

INV# 12370

$ 16,500

 

KANESHIGE SOZAN (1909-1995)

Round Shigaraki vase with incised crossed patterning

ca. 1994

Unglazed stoneware with original box

7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.

INV# 12244

$ 6,500

KANESHIGE SOZAN (1909-1995)

Round Shigaraki vase with incised crossed patterning

ca. 1994

Unglazed stoneware with original box

7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.

INV# 12244

$ 6,500

KANESHIGE MAKOTO (b. 1945)

Bizen gourd-shaped vase with kiln effects

ca. 2015

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 5 in.

INV# 12248

$ 4,500

KANESHIGE MAKOTO (b. 1945)

Bizen gourd-shaped vase with kiln effects

ca. 2015

Unglazed stoneware with original box

9 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 5 in.

INV# 12248

$ 4,500

KANESHIGE MICHIAKI (1934-1995)

Bizen kinuta (furling-block) shaped vase with sloping neck

late 1970s

Unglazed stoneware with original box

8 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.

INV# 12245

$ 9,000

KANESHIGE MICHIAKI (1934-1995)

Bizen kinuta (furling-block) shaped vase with sloping neck

late 1970s

Unglazed stoneware with original box

8 1/8 x 5 3/8 in.

INV# 12245

$ 9,000

BRANCHING OUT - Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition - Viewing Room - Joan B Mirviss LTD Viewing Room

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KANESHIGE FAMILY AND THE BIZEN TRADITION
MIWA FAMILY AND THE HAGI TRADITION
May 19 – June 30, 2022

The widespread popularity and distinguished reputations that Japan's ancient ceramic traditions enjoy today are largely indebted to a core group of mid-twentieth century artistic visionaries: among them, Kaneshige Tōyō (1896-1967) for Bizen ware and Miwa Kyūwa (1895-1981) for Hagi ware. Both men were inheritors to their highly esteemed, long-established, multi-generational family names that had been associated with excellence in their respective ceramic traditions for centuries. Together with scholar-potter Kawakita Handeishi (1878-1963), they co-founded the artistic discussion group Karahinekai in 1942, formed of artists who were dedicated to the recovery of lost techniques from the golden age of ceramics during the 16th century. 

BRANCHING OUT - Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition - Viewing Room - Joan B Mirviss LTD Viewing Room

With a focus on teaware and vessels, they were wildly successful in their endeavors. Adapting their production, greatly expanding their styles, and influencing their brothers, sons, and grandchildren, they definitively transformed their family's legacy from that of dutiful craftsmen to boldly modern artists. Joan B Mirviss LTD's latest exhibition celebrates the past, present, and future of these two prominent families synonymous with excellence in BRANCHING OUT: KANESHIGE FAMILY AND THE BIZEN TRADITION | MIWA FAMILY AND THE HAGI TRADITION.

BRANCHING OUT - Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition - Viewing Room - Joan B Mirviss LTD Viewing Room

Named after the main city of Yamaguchi Prefecture, "Hagi" refers to a ceramic tradition that emphasizes the exquisitely lovely natural qualities arising from a very special interaction between unique clay and a soft, transparent yet creamy glaze. The Miwa family's association with Hagi ware dates to its origins in 1600s Japan, when the very first Miwa Kyūsetsu served as potter under the patronage of the local daimyo. Even older is the thousand-year-old "Bizen" tradition, one of the six ancient kilns of Japan centered around Imbe village (or Bizen) in Okayama Prefecture. The Kaneshige family has long been tied to the place of Bizen and to producing this distinctive wood-fired ware.

BRANCHING OUT - Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition - Viewing Room - Joan B Mirviss LTD Viewing Room

Though they appear different, both Hagi and Bizen styles' merits lie in the alchemy of subtleties: of precise clay blends, unexpected textures, and marvelous color transformations. Hagi ware's warm, orange clay body peeks through a ladled transparent glaze that incompletely covers the surface in a white or pink-ish white veil, with no additional underpainting or decoration. Characterized by a reddish-brown body that can at times turn a slate or bluish-gray, Bizen ware utilizes no applied glaze at all. Fired just once over a very long time, ranging from one week to one month, Bizen ware's enchanting surface patterning and texture result entirely from natural effects occurring within the kiln.

Though they appear different, both Hagi and Bizen styles' merits lie in the alchemy of subtleties: of precise clay blends, unexpected textures, and marvelous color transformations.

BRANCHING OUT - Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition - Viewing Room - Joan B Mirviss LTD Viewing Room

This exhibition traces that time-honored legacy, of earth plus fire, down to the most recent generations of the Kaneshige and Miwa families: Kaneshige Tōyō, the savior of Bizen ware in the modern era; Miwa Kyūwa (Kyūsetsu X), his fellow Living National Treasure and modernizer of Hagi ware; and their brothers, Kaneshige Sozan (1909-1995) and Miwa Jusetsu (Kyūsetsu XI) (1910-2012), whose contributions advanced their fields and who each developed an identity apart from their famous brothers.

 

BRANCHING OUT - Kaneshige Family and the Bizen Tradition - Viewing Room - Joan B Mirviss LTD Viewing Room

Their children have in turn blossomed on this crowded, complicated family tree: the three sons of Miwa Kyūsetsu XI—Ryūkishō (Kyūsetsu XII/Ryōsaku) (b. 1940), Eizō (1946-1999), and Kyūsetsu XIII (Kazuhiko) (b. 1951)—each discovered thought-provoking and experimental new approaches to their patrimony, ranging from playful and erotic to architectural or figurative. Kyūsetsu XII's daughter, Miwa Hanako (b. 1972), brings her unique sensibility to the family tradition. Kaneshige Tōyō's first and third sons, Michiaki (1934-1995) and Kōsuke (b. 1943), have continued to push Bizen's boundaries, through greater abstraction and provocative sculptures. Kaneshige Sozan's first and third sons, Makoto (b. 1945) and Yūhō (b. 1950), have further elaborated the Bizen tradition in teaware, creating extraordinary vessels with hidasuki (fire-cording) effects that were ingeniously recovered by their father.

Each artist featured here has taken foundational aspects of their family's style and made his individual imprint on centuries-old tradition, thereby pushing its boundaries both outward and forward. Our exhibition covers the range of interpretations that have moved these ancient traditions into contemporary clay art.  

About Joan B Mirviss LTD

With more than forty-five years of experience, Joan B. Mirviss remains a pillar in the field of Japanese art. As a dealer, scholar, curator, and advisor, she has been the driving force championing the top Japanese clay artists, who she represents exclusively, and whose works she has placed in major museums around the globe. Widely published as a highly respected expert, Mirviss has built many institutional and private collections of Japanese art. This exhibition was organized in collaboration with Shibuya Kurodatoen Co., LTD, the foremost modern ceramic dealer in Japan.
JOAN B MIRVISS LTD exhibits modern and contemporary Japanese ceramics, ukiyo-e, and Japanese paintings from its exclusive Madison Avenue location in New York City. For more information, please contact us at 212-799-4021 or director@mirviss.com.

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