Beautiful Woodblock Prints and Ceramic Masterpieces Travel to the Nezu Museum

The Ceramics and Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Hagi Uragami Museum exhibition at the Nezu Museum in Tokyo ran from June 1-July 15, 2013. The exhibit was extremely unique since it was the first time that the Nezu Museum showcased traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints. Some of the prints, like Mount Fuji at Dawn by Katsushika […]

Ikebana Art Part II: Patterns Became Freer as Time Marched On

Numerous different ikebana schools exist, and the discipline has encouraged collectors to pick up interesting yakimono vessels to pursue it. Moribana refers to what some people call heaped-up flowers. Artists who trained in the moribana school put a good deal of emphasis on naturalistic landscape designs.

Most moribana designs are placed in small vases that […]

Namikawa and Kyoto Yakimono Vessels Fetch Large Prices at Christie’s

The Namikawa Workshop is renowned for its unique pieces, and that might be why a certain yakimono vessel went for so much when it was auctioned at Christie’s in May 2013. A certain Namikawa cloisonne vase with its cover was estimated to sell for somewhere around £1,000 – £1,200. Nevertheless, when all was said […]

Christie’s Cloisonne Yakimono Pieces were stars of the Japanese Aesthetic Showing

Christie’s auction of products related to what they termed the Japanese Aesthetic picked up a great deal of attention in the world of fine art. What really sets these pieces apart from most other yakimono designs that collectors of Japanese art would come across is their prominent use of cloisonne techniques. Cloisonne refers to […]

Sotheby’s is Starting to Really Attract Imari Yakimono Collectors

Those following Sotheby’s myriad art auctions might have noticed when a certain imari yakimono vase was sold in September 2012. The piece was from the early 18th century, and sold for £3,250 when you factor in the buyer’s premium. Collectors noticed several interesting details about this particular item.

The domed cover is certainly exquisite. Astute […]

Recent Sotheby’s Ceramics Auctions bring out the Late Brooke Astor’s Yakimono Pieces

One of the most impressive recent auctions of Japanese ceramic yakimono art occurred in September 2012. The New York branch of Sotheby’s hosted a huge auction catalog that sold much of Brooke Astor’s estate. The socialite was quite an art collector, and she’s famous for her interest in paintings of dogs.

That might make one […]

Macro Crystallization Part III: Going Back in Time to Look at Ceramics

Macro crystalline glazes are most likely not a Japanese invention. They first started to appear on the scene in Europe during the 1850s. They pose some of the most difficult challenges that a potter could face. This challenge might be why they’ve caught on among so many Japanese yakimono artists.

Combining porcelain and crystal glazes […]

Beautiful Japanese Ikebana

MOA Museum of Art Sparks Interest in the Six Old Kilns

Since it turned 30, the MOA Museum of Art decided to celebrate with an exhibition of traditional Japanese pottery late last year. The event ran until December 24, and attracted countless patrons who wanted to see real artifacts from the six oldest pottery centers in the country. Ceramics have long been celebrated in Echizen, […]

Exhibition Charlotte Perriand and Japan at the Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Etienne

From 23 February to 26 May 2013, the Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Etienne Métropole Exhibition welcomes Charlotte Perriand and Japan. Exposure Charlotte Perriand and Japan highlights the interaction between the French designer first woman and the country of the rising sun.

Exhibition Charlotte Perriand and Japan is dedicated to the first woman recognized designer […]