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As the capital city of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto was more than just its longstanding center of politics and power. Venerated as the heart of Japan's rich cultural heritage, Kyoto claims as its own many of today's top artists who found a natural home where living tradition endures, and where creating with one's hands using exceptional skill has been continuously nurtured and highly valued for centuries. These artists' creative lifeblood stems from the city itself, where aesthetics and beliefs intersect and ancient and modern coincide. Reflective of a unique environment in which artists of different backgrounds and interests are constantly intermingling and working side by side, the artworks from Kyoto are unmatched in their imagination, creativity, and technical excellence. This winter, Joan B Mirviss LTD celebrates the artistry of this eternal city of the East in Transcendent Kyoto.

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FUJINO SACHIKO (b. 1950)

Stoneware with matte glaze in white with gradations of gray

2020

Stoneware with matte glaze

13 7/8 x 16 3/4x 12 1/2 in.

$ 11,000

Inquire

KATSUMATA CHIEKO (b. 1950)

Biomorphic vessel in form of a pumpkin

2007

Matte white, orange, and turquoise-glazed stoneware

9 1/2 x 15 x 13 1/8 in.

$ 11,000

Inquire

KITAMURA JUNKO (b. 1956)

Top-shaped vase decorated with punched designs titled “Vessel 2000-A

2000

Stoneware with black-slip and inlaid with white-slip

5 3/4 x 11 5/6 x 11 5/6 in.

$ 6,750

Inquire

YAGI AKIRA (b. 1955)

Carved round incense burner (kōro) with textured flaring skirt

2012

Bluish-white glazed porcelain with original box

5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.

$ 3,450

Inquire

KONDŌ TAKAHIRO (b. 1958)

Coppery green horizontal, rectangular vessel with silver mist overglaze and clear, crystalized glass cover

2005-06

Porcelain with green, blue, and metallic-beaded glazes

9 1/8 x 17 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.

$ 19,500

Inquire

KAWAI KANJIRŌ (1890-1966)

Blue ceramic covered chevron box, decorated in the design of floral patterning in trailing slip

ca. 1952

Glazed stoneware

4 x 5 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.

$ 22,000

Inquire

KIYOMIZU ROKUBEY VII (1922-2006)

Sekikatō 5; Chair-like vase #5

1988

Yellow and rust irabo-glazed stoneware with original box

10 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.

$ 8,500

Inquire

YAMADA HIKARU (1923-2001)

Matte white slightly gourd-shaped vase

ca. 1964-8

White glazed porcelain

8 3/4 x 6 in.

$ 4,750

Inquire

YAMADA HIKARU (1923-2001)

White glazed columnar vase with repeated linear designs in black on a short raised foot

ca. 1975

9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.

Glazed stoneware

$ 6,750

Inquire

KIYOMIZU ROKUBEY VII (1922-2006)

Rounded square wood-ashed glazed vase

1957

Irabo–glazed stoneware with original box

6 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.

$ 18,000

Inquire

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)

Shigaraki gourd-shaped standing vase with square opening

1940

Glazed stoneware with Totōan box

9 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.

$ 18,500

Inquire

KURIKI TATSUSUKE (1943-2013)

Columnar, slightly bent vessel with woven-pattern decoration

1987

Stoneware with resist-applied iron slip decoration and thin silver glaze with original box 

10 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.

$ 39,000

Inquire

KONDŌ YŪZŌ (1902-1985)

Blue-and-white glazed, faceted large vessel decorated with mountain landscape and gold overglaze ground

ca. 1973

Glazed porcelain with original double box

12 1/4 x 12 in.

Price on Request

Inquire

SUZUKI OSAMU (1926-2001)

DeizōKajin"; Clay Figure “Fireman”

1989

Stoneware with iron slip glaze with original box

21 1/4 x 16 x 6 1/4 in.

Price on Request

Inquire

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)

Oribe type square vessel with iron-oxide decoration of reeds and birds

ca. 1950

Glazed stoneware with original box

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

Price on Request

Inquire
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WADA MORIHIRO (1944-2008)

“Wind-and-grass” patterned, sand-treated rectangular vessel with angled foot and mouth 

1982

Slip-glazed stoneware

10 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.

$ 13,500

 

Inquire

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)

Iga-glazed, round, cream-colored vessel with natural green ash glaze pooling

ca. 1950

Iga ash-glazed stoneware with original box       

2 1/8 x 10 in.

$ 16,500

Inquire

TANIMOTO KEI (b. 1948)

Iga-glazed, straight-sided teabowl with irregular mouth and extensive kiln effect

2018

Glazed stoneware

3 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.

$ 3,850

Inquire

AKIYAMA YŌ (b.1953)

Softly walled, oblong, open-topped with central vertical element, wheel-thrown sculpture; Untitled MV-207

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating and slip with blue pigment along the exterior lower area

6 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.

$ 8,800

Inquire

YAGI KAZUO (1918-1979)

Small cylindrical vase with stamped decoration of geometric patterns

ca. 1974

Glazed stoneware with original box

8 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.

$ 3,500

Inquire

KATSUMATA CHIKEO (b. 1950)

White chamotte-encrusted sculpture in the form of conjoined pillars

2019

Glazed chamotte-encrusted stoneware

13 7/8  x 9 x 7 in.

$ 4,500

Inquire

YAGI AKIRA (b. 1955)

Seihakuji (bluish-white-glazed) rounded rectangular shallow footed bowl with furling rim and two carp in relief in interior 

ca. 1995

Glazed porcelain

5 1/4 x 17 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.

$ 6,750

Inquire

YAMADA AKIRA (b. 1955)

Red and black striped flaring vase  with ovoid, scooped mouth

2014

Slip-glazed stoneware

11 7/8 x 11 x 10 1/2 inches

$ 3,800

Inquire

KONDŌ YUTAKA (1932-1983)

Columnar vase with impressed patterning and extended thin circular base

1982

Textured black-glazed stoneware with white slip inlays with original box

10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.

SOLD

KONDŌ TAKAHIRO (b. 1958)

Sometsuke gintekisai wan; Bowl with silver mist

2021

Glazed porcelain with silver mist overglaze

3 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.

SOLD

YANAGIHARA MUTSUO (b.1934)

Round teabowl with pink, yellow, and green scalloped pattern over an irabo-glazed ground

1988

Glazed stoneware

3 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.

SOLD

NAGASAWA ROSETSU (1754-1799)

Large oni (fierce demon) with giant sembei cracker

Mid-1790s

Ink and color on paper

Hanging scroll

50 3/8 x 21 5/8 in. (exclusive of mount)

Price on Request

Inquire

MATSUMURA KEIBUN (1779-1843)

Pair of shoreline scenes depicting cranes and a small fishing village

1838

Ink and color with flecked gold leaf on silk

Pair of 2-fold furosaki (sleeping) screens

Original storage box signed by artist, dated Tempō 8 (1838)

18 x 61 in. (painting); 24 x 72 1/2 in. (with mount) each

$ 25,000

Inquire

SUZUKI KIITSU (1796-1858)

Blue morning glories paired with blossoming bottle gourd vine

ca. 1850

Ink, color and gold on silk with original box by Shuitsu,1864

Pair of hanging scrolls

65 x 13 1/8 in. (each scroll); 32 x 9 3/4 in. (exclusive of mount)

Price on Request

Inquire

ŌTSU-E

Tengu (supernatural creature) and elephant comparing noses   

Late 18th century

Ink and color on paper

Hanging scroll with box

Exhibited-Published: Otsu-e. Ōtsu City Museum of History, 1997

13 x 9 1/2 in. (exclusive of mount)

$ 12,800

Inquire

YAMAMOTO SHUNKYO (1871–1933)

Hokubei kishō zu; Beautiful View of North America (Yosemite)

ca. 1905

Ink and light color on silk with original mount and box

Hanging scroll

44 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (exclusive of mount)

$ 8,800

Inquire

SUZUKI HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869) 

Kintai Bashi (The Brocade Sash Bridge); At Iwakuni, Suo Province

Shokoku Meisho Hyakkei; 100 Famous Views of the Provinces

1859

Ōban-tate-e

$ 9,500

Inquire

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

Kameido tenjin taikobashi; Drum Bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine 

Shokoku meikyô kiran; Remarkable Views of Famous Bridges in Various Provinces

ca. 1834

Ōban yoko-e

$ 28,500

Inquire

KIKUGAWA EIZAN (1787-1867)

Courtesan with sake cup and food tray

Suryô of Chôji-ya

Series: Beautiful Parodies of Seven Lucky People, 

Date: ca. 1815

Ōban tate-e

$ 8,500

Inquire

OHARA KOSON (1877-1945)

Yanagibashi Bridge in Snow

1927 

Ōban tate-e

$ 4,850

Inquire

KAWASE HASUI (1883-1957)

Aoba Castle, Sendai (Sendai Aobajō)

Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern Japan edition

(Nihon ūkei shū higashi Nihon hen)

December 1933 (Shōwa 8, 12th month)

Ōban tate-e

$ 3,850

Inquire

KASAMATSU SHIRÔ (1898-1991)

Main gate of Tokyo University in snow

Red Gate at Hongô in Snow; Hongô akamon no yuki

1935 (Shôwa 10)

Shirô 

Kasamatsu

Watanabe Shôzaburô

Ōban yoko-e

$ 2,750

Inquire

FUJINO SACHIKO (b. 1950)

Stoneware with matte glaze in white with gradations of gray

2020

Stoneware with matte glaze

13 7/8 x 16 3/4x 12 1/2 in.

$ 11,000

KATSUMATA CHIEKO (b. 1950)

Biomorphic vessel in form of a pumpkin

2007

Matte white, orange, and turquoise-glazed stoneware

9 1/2 x 15 x 13 1/8 in.

$ 11,000

KITAMURA JUNKO (b. 1956)

Top-shaped vase decorated with punched designs titled “Vessel 2000-A

2000

Stoneware with black-slip and inlaid with white-slip

5 3/4 x 11 5/6 x 11 5/6 in.

$ 6,750

YAGI AKIRA (b. 1955)

Carved round incense burner (kōro) with textured flaring skirt

2012

Bluish-white glazed porcelain with original box

5 1/4 x 4 1/4 in.

$ 3,450

KONDŌ TAKAHIRO (b. 1958)

Coppery green horizontal, rectangular vessel with silver mist overglaze and clear, crystalized glass cover

2005-06

Porcelain with green, blue, and metallic-beaded glazes

9 1/8 x 17 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.

$ 19,500

KAWAI KANJIRŌ (1890-1966)

Blue ceramic covered chevron box, decorated in the design of floral patterning in trailing slip

ca. 1952

Glazed stoneware

4 x 5 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.

$ 22,000

KIYOMIZU ROKUBEY VII (1922-2006)

Sekikatō 5; Chair-like vase #5

1988

Yellow and rust irabo-glazed stoneware with original box

10 x 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.

$ 8,500

YAMADA HIKARU (1923-2001)

Matte white slightly gourd-shaped vase

ca. 1964-8

White glazed porcelain

8 3/4 x 6 in.

$ 4,750

YAMADA HIKARU (1923-2001)

White glazed columnar vase with repeated linear designs in black on a short raised foot

ca. 1975

9 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.

Glazed stoneware

$ 6,750

KIYOMIZU ROKUBEY VII (1922-2006)

Rounded square wood-ashed glazed vase

1957

Irabo–glazed stoneware with original box

6 1/8 x 6 7/8 in.

$ 18,000

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)

Shigaraki gourd-shaped standing vase with square opening

1940

Glazed stoneware with Totōan box

9 1/4 x 3 5/8 in.

$ 18,500

KURIKI TATSUSUKE (1943-2013)

Columnar, slightly bent vessel with woven-pattern decoration

1987

Stoneware with resist-applied iron slip decoration and thin silver glaze with original box 

10 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.

$ 39,000

KONDŌ YŪZŌ (1902-1985)

Blue-and-white glazed, faceted large vessel decorated with mountain landscape and gold overglaze ground

ca. 1973

Glazed porcelain with original double box

12 1/4 x 12 in.

Price on Request

SUZUKI OSAMU (1926-2001)

DeizōKajin"; Clay Figure “Fireman”

1989

Stoneware with iron slip glaze with original box

21 1/4 x 16 x 6 1/4 in.

Price on Request

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)

Oribe type square vessel with iron-oxide decoration of reeds and birds

ca. 1950

Glazed stoneware with original box

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

Price on Request

Wada Morihiro 11127

WADA MORIHIRO (1944-2008)

“Wind-and-grass” patterned, sand-treated rectangular vessel with angled foot and mouth 

1982

Slip-glazed stoneware

10 1/4 x 10 1/2 x 6 3/4 in.

$ 13,500

 

KITAŌJI ROSANJIN (1883-1959)

Iga-glazed, round, cream-colored vessel with natural green ash glaze pooling

ca. 1950

Iga ash-glazed stoneware with original box       

2 1/8 x 10 in.

$ 16,500

TANIMOTO KEI (b. 1948)

Iga-glazed, straight-sided teabowl with irregular mouth and extensive kiln effect

2018

Glazed stoneware

3 3/4 x 5 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.

$ 3,850

AKIYAMA YŌ (b.1953)

Softly walled, oblong, open-topped with central vertical element, wheel-thrown sculpture; Untitled MV-207

2020

Unglazed stoneware with rusted iron coating and slip with blue pigment along the exterior lower area

6 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.

$ 8,800

YAGI KAZUO (1918-1979)

Small cylindrical vase with stamped decoration of geometric patterns

ca. 1974

Glazed stoneware with original box

8 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.

$ 3,500

KATSUMATA CHIKEO (b. 1950)

White chamotte-encrusted sculpture in the form of conjoined pillars

2019

Glazed chamotte-encrusted stoneware

13 7/8  x 9 x 7 in.

$ 4,500

YAGI AKIRA (b. 1955)

Seihakuji (bluish-white-glazed) rounded rectangular shallow footed bowl with furling rim and two carp in relief in interior 

ca. 1995

Glazed porcelain

5 1/4 x 17 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.

$ 6,750

YAMADA AKIRA (b. 1955)

Red and black striped flaring vase  with ovoid, scooped mouth

2014

Slip-glazed stoneware

11 7/8 x 11 x 10 1/2 inches

$ 3,800

KONDŌ YUTAKA (1932-1983)

Columnar vase with impressed patterning and extended thin circular base

1982

Textured black-glazed stoneware with white slip inlays with original box

10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.

SOLD

KONDŌ TAKAHIRO (b. 1958)

Sometsuke gintekisai wan; Bowl with silver mist

2021

Glazed porcelain with silver mist overglaze

3 1/8 x 6 1/2 in.

SOLD

YANAGIHARA MUTSUO (b.1934)

Round teabowl with pink, yellow, and green scalloped pattern over an irabo-glazed ground

1988

Glazed stoneware

3 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.

SOLD

NAGASAWA ROSETSU (1754-1799)

Large oni (fierce demon) with giant sembei cracker

Mid-1790s

Ink and color on paper

Hanging scroll

50 3/8 x 21 5/8 in. (exclusive of mount)

Price on Request

MATSUMURA KEIBUN (1779-1843)

Pair of shoreline scenes depicting cranes and a small fishing village

1838

Ink and color with flecked gold leaf on silk

Pair of 2-fold furosaki (sleeping) screens

Original storage box signed by artist, dated Tempō 8 (1838)

18 x 61 in. (painting); 24 x 72 1/2 in. (with mount) each

$ 25,000

SUZUKI KIITSU (1796-1858)

Blue morning glories paired with blossoming bottle gourd vine

ca. 1850

Ink, color and gold on silk with original box by Shuitsu,1864

Pair of hanging scrolls

65 x 13 1/8 in. (each scroll); 32 x 9 3/4 in. (exclusive of mount)

Price on Request

ŌTSU-E

Tengu (supernatural creature) and elephant comparing noses   

Late 18th century

Ink and color on paper

Hanging scroll with box

Exhibited-Published: Otsu-e. Ōtsu City Museum of History, 1997

13 x 9 1/2 in. (exclusive of mount)

$ 12,800

YAMAMOTO SHUNKYO (1871–1933)

Hokubei kishō zu; Beautiful View of North America (Yosemite)

ca. 1905

Ink and light color on silk with original mount and box

Hanging scroll

44 1/4 x 15 3/4 in. (exclusive of mount)

$ 8,800

SUZUKI HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869) 

Kintai Bashi (The Brocade Sash Bridge); At Iwakuni, Suo Province

Shokoku Meisho Hyakkei; 100 Famous Views of the Provinces

1859

Ōban-tate-e

$ 9,500

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

Kameido tenjin taikobashi; Drum Bridge at Kameido Tenjin Shrine 

Shokoku meikyô kiran; Remarkable Views of Famous Bridges in Various Provinces

ca. 1834

Ōban yoko-e

$ 28,500

KIKUGAWA EIZAN (1787-1867)

Courtesan with sake cup and food tray

Suryô of Chôji-ya

Series: Beautiful Parodies of Seven Lucky People, 

Date: ca. 1815

Ōban tate-e

$ 8,500

OHARA KOSON (1877-1945)

Yanagibashi Bridge in Snow

1927 

Ōban tate-e

$ 4,850

KAWASE HASUI (1883-1957)

Aoba Castle, Sendai (Sendai Aobajō)

Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern Japan edition

(Nihon ūkei shū higashi Nihon hen)

December 1933 (Shōwa 8, 12th month)

Ōban tate-e

$ 3,850

KASAMATSU SHIRÔ (1898-1991)

Main gate of Tokyo University in snow

Red Gate at Hongô in Snow; Hongô akamon no yuki

1935 (Shôwa 10)

Shirô 

Kasamatsu

Watanabe Shôzaburô

Ōban yoko-e

$ 2,750

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TRANSCENDENT KYOTO
Joan B Mirviss LTD

Now open online and in gallery by appointment
Please contact director@mirviss.com or 212-799-4021

 

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Marked by periods of flourishing production in different aesthetic styles, Kyoto’s cultural economy thrived under generous patronage from the gentry, and later, from a growing wealthy merchant class with discerning taste, in all kinds of arts: textile, lacquer, metalwork, painting, and ceramics. Some Kyoto families consider artistry their birthright, such as three generations of ceramic artists from the KONDŌ family, represented here: Living National Treasure KONDŌ Yūzō (1902-1985), KONDŌ Yutaka (1932-1983), and KONDŌ Takahiro (b. 1958). Each man embraced a different aesthetic from their direct familial predecessor, and the visual diversity is on full, sumptuous display.

But far from being stuffy traditionalists, Kyoto’s artists were also challenging accepted norms and creating new artistic movements in the modern era. The Sōdeisha Movement, which broke wide open ideas about functionality in ceramics, was founded in Kyoto by SUZUKI Osamu (1926-2001), YAMADA Hikaru (1923-2001), and YAGI Kazuo (1918-1979), among others, all of whose bold, defiant sculptural works are presented in this show.

Reflective of a unique environment where aesthetics and beliefs intersect and ancient and modern coincide, the artworks from Kyoto are unmatched in their imagination, creativity, and technical excellence. 

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In the early postwar period, Kyoto was the site of a groundbreaking ceramic arts degree program, spearheaded by the father of modern Japanese ceramics, TOMIMOTO Kenkichi (1886-1963). On display is his work and those of his many influential students, such as WADA Morihiro (1944-2008), KUMAKURA Junkichi (1920-1985), and KURIKI Tatsusuke (1943-2013). A consummate Kyotoite, MIYASHITA Zenji (1939-2012) was not only the son of a celebrated clay artist but also studied with TOMIMOTO Kenkichi and KONDŌ Yūzō at Kyoto City College of Fine Arts. Beyond his training, though, his interactions with SUZUKI Osamu and YAGI Kazuo inspired his distinctive saidei (layered clay) works that combined abstraction and landscape using ambitious techniques into daring, sculptural forms. A beautiful example from this beloved artist is a highlight of the show.

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This seismic shift in ceramic training, from father-to-son to university professor-to-student, enabled women for the first time to become ceramic artists, and some of the most accomplished are featured in Transcendent Kyoto. KATSUMATA Chieko (b. 1950) is represented with a creamy akoda (pumpkin) vessel in soft, vegetal tones of orange and green; FUJINO Sachiko (b. 1950) takes another natural form – blossoming flowers – and reinterprets them into striking geometric sculptures. The youngest of this cohort is TANAKA Yū (b. 1989), whose trompe l'oeil furoshiki (wrapped parcels) sculptures are of clay imitating the characteristics of cloth.  And of truly local inspiration, the incised-pattern vessels of KITAMURA Junko (b. 1956), a pupil of KONDŌ Yutaka, are painstakingly imprinted by hand, a technique first prompted by observing as a child the process of textile designers in Kyoto.

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Kyoto has also produced some of Japan's very best painters across the centuries. Working in the Maruyama-Shijō tradition of naturalism, first established by MARUYAMA Ōkyo (1733-1795), from whom there will be one master painting dating to his prime circa 1776, Transcendent Kyoto features a large scroll painting by the incomparable NAGASAWA Rosetsu (1754-1799). Also on display is a very fine pair of two-fold sleeping screens by MATSUMARA Keibun (1779-1843), whose spring landscape with cranes showcases his precise and delicate brushwork. Alongside these master paintings is a selection of fine Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), which will focus on scenes from Kyoto.

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About Joan B. Mirviss LTD

With more than forty-five years of experience, Joan B. Mirviss is 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. 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.

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