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It was made by all embossing. It is very hard work specially in iron. But it has very delicate feelings. Amaging work. Also bee's head can move as Jizai Okimono.
The rusty iron expression match well with witherd rose one.
size 43cm-10cm-8cm(h)

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Can you believe this is carved from one piece of wood? The wings are made of Kyoto bamboo and special thin Japanese paper.
Otake Ryoho is still 27 years old. I am excited about his bright future.
size 27cm-14cm-31cm(h)
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It is exhibited at the first Tokyo Bijutsu and industrial arts exhibition in 1909. And it was purchased by Board of the Crown Prince's Affairs.
There is a plaster figure "JYUTTOKU" (13.5×11.0×37.0cm) owned by Fukuoka-shi art museum. This plaster figure was made as prototype in previous step of wood carving.
size13.5 ×13.0×38.0cm with guarantee wood box by Komori Syuun.
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It have very handsome look that the carving is deep.
In addition, it have one more interesting thing, as for this work, the whole seemed to be covered with red lacquer. I thought it is rust. But it isn't rust but red lacquer. Probably it was produced as a red mamushi at the time.
The maker is Muneyoshi of the Tomiki family(Takase Kozan studio). He is good at making snake. And there were many works. But I haven't seen such a rare lacquer work.
size 95cm  Showa era.
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What a splendid carving technique!! It has a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste.
size 3.7cm-3.5cm-3.5cm(h)

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Oshin worked in Kyoto and was one of the finest artists creating burl wood okimono, trays and scepters for sencha tea ceremony. His work generally reveals a subject hidden in a natural form, such as a piece of burl wood, and the artist achieves a perfect harmony between the natural and the artificial, carved aspects. The world of sencha tea enjoyed a great flowering from the beginning of the Meiji era until the Pacific War. In this tradition, Oshin's work stands out as one of the most brilliant. He moved with his wife to Kita-Kyushu in the 1940s, when the destruction of war took with it the world that had supported his work. His last years were spent living on the charity of friends in exchange for pieces of his art.

size 16cm-10cm-3cm(h)

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Tanaka Muneyoshi is a craftman of Takase Kozan studio. He was good at making Articulated iron figures of animals(Jizai okimono). Especially dynamic iron works compared to other craftman in Kozan studio.
This work weights very heavy. But is built up by hammering. It needs a massive power. I think it is a work to be able to make only in his youth.
He is famous for Jizai Okimono. And also this work can be maved by iron wheels. So, we can say it is a JIzai Okimono too.
size 30cm-18cm-19cm(h)

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The first photograph shows an actual iron tea kettle and a lacquered piece side by side. You cannot tell which is the real item until you pick them up and compare their weight. It is an amazing example of lacquer art. The detailed texture of the iron, the bronze lid, and the rust on the mouth have all been exquisitely reproduced with lacquer. When the lid is opened to show the insides, Raden decorations and a shiny deep black lacquer welcome you to a completely different world from the exterior. Working together with Mr. Wakamiya of the Hikojyu Makie group, this project required one year to craft the wooden base, and another year to apply the lacquer. We show heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Wakamiya of the Hikojyumakie group for his willingness to commit to an incredible task and his alacrity in re-starting from scratch so many times to pursue perfection. This work of art has been planned from the start to have a second and third edition, each with their own story. The second edition will show the iron kettle 100 years from now, and the third edition will depict the kettle 100 years after the second edition. Each will use lacquer to express the flow of time and the gracefully aging beauty of the kettle. (Second edition to be completed in summer 2017)
size 16.5cm-14cm-21.5cm(h)
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It is owned by Museum 50 in Taiwan.

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I am always surprised at constitution of the Jinbo family works. It is not an easy thing that keep carving attractive composition without the joint from one piece of wood. Experience and imagination are necessary.

The detail is finished very delicately. The work of Miyabi has a particularly elegant atmosphere as same mean as his Japanese name.

size 22cm-14cm-21cm(h) with original signed box.

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The strong energy sought from the territory of Shouchiku Tanabe seems to be condensed within this mass. Shochiku-san's works always give me a sense of space. That is, an extraordinary unknown world that I cannot speak much about. However, when looking at this work, I can imagine that all of the entrances and exits, and events such as constructions and deconstructions, are connected. The overall form is also extremely enticing. Being made of bamboo, the product itself is light, but at the same time it bears the profound weight of a stone sculpture.

size 47cm-47cm-47cm

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Very fine quality! I can't believe it was made by bronze.

There are male and female in this work.

8cm-6cm-6cm(h)

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There is a high level of skill required to inlay like a drawing by brush.

It is a collaboration with Zeshin Shibata. It is inlaid on the writing brush with the dynamism of the sketch.

size 42cm

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In Japan there are forms of culture and art (like the so-called wabi-sabi and the sense of elegant simplicity) which love a deep sense of pathos and imperfection. On the opposite of that there are the so-called transcendental arts from the Meiji era. These are, for the most part, dazzling pieces with many designs of vivid colors. Perfect works of art.
From Mr. Maehara's works, we can feel this contradiction between both styles. With an absolutely flawless technique, he expresses an imperfect pathos with a sensibility which truly draws you in.

One even feels the optical illusion of seeing real marble atop his pedestal, when in fact it is carved from a single block of cherry tree, not a single seam in sight. With plowing shears and razors he carves that tree trunk, delicately chiseling the heavy-looking front and back areas to great levels of detail. The finishing touches are frighteningly light.

The artist himself, however, continues to carve in silence, continues to varnish his work. That's easy to say, but this style on which not even a scar is seen requires an unimaginable level of effort and a stubbornness which will not allow any compromise. Actually this piece has taken an incredibly long time to finish.

A piece which makes us feel as if someone's presence is still somewhere among the rusting landscape.

size 61cm-24cm-3cm (only stand)

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It is an extremely detailed carving piece of work.

It is carved by one ivory piece. I just admire his technique and amaging perseverance to express such a complicated form. Furthermore, polka design gold and silver is inlaid on the inward side , and the outside is dyeing.

size 22cm-11cm-7cm(h) 1982 year made. With original signed box.

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Syochiku always demands new expression as a contemporary artist while inheriting a technique of Tanabe family. Now, bamboo craft  was let loose by the use as the flower basket. And his work become attractive art work such as the sculpture.

We will handle various works of Syochiku Tanabe from this year. And I am going to display them in our gallery. We are looking forward to you visiting our gallery.

size 53cm-40cm-42cm(h) with original signed box.

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There are success or failure Jizai pieces in Kozan and Myochin studio. Becouse there were many young craftmans who are not ripen.

But, the quality of this mantis is really nice. Overall balance is great. And all articulars have roundish shape. It makes the mantis elegance. Condition is perfect. It showes us splendid pose.

size 9.0cm long with original sined cloth and box.

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There is also a lot of flexibility in the design. The wing can open not only the side but also the upper direction. The pose is looks just like the gull wing door of the supercar. And also buttocks part and hand part is splendid.

This all black mantis is special made for our gallery. The finish of the details stood out more with that.

L75 X W45 X H60mm
Copper brass bronze

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Takase Kozan wasn't made only JIZAI OKIMONO. He olso made such a ellegant ornament. I offten happen to see silver plant ornament. But I have never seen such a ellegant one which was made by several kind of metal. It is very cool design and rare work.

size 32cm-19cm-10cm(h) with original signed box

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I'm always in two minds about how to display the work. I should put it sideways like the first picture or put it upward like the second & third pictures. When I hear the opinion of everybody, it seems to be maunstream to display like the first one. However, I like displaying the frog upward. The figure which half of the buttocks fall, and sticks desperately is very cute. It is an interesting work changing the expression by how to put.

size 42.5-8.5-6(h)cm with original signed box and lacquered table. Wood Sculpture.

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This is the smallest Jizai dragon. However, not only small, but also you can understand and deeply appreciate charm of the dragon in your palm. Small parts overlap well and work surprisingly smoothly. I feel it is very pleasant and I want to play with it purposelessly with my hands all the time. 

Kotobukido study classic Jizai works devotedly. So,his work tickles the heart of a collector who like classics. I think it is popular with experts.

This work is special edition of our gallery. The sword and several parts is made by Gold. And the body is made by silver.

size 8.8cm long

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A dragon looks in a pot and will aim at something. I can imagine a story from an expression and a body with the movement of dragon. The dragon is big size for the pot. The direction is unusual and atractive.  The inlay of a back and eyes is very beautiful work.
size 13cm-10cm-16cm(h)  Signature Kako (Chokichi Suzuki)

One of the most important metal artists working during the Meiji era, Suzuki Chōkichi was both skilled at metal casting, carving and inlay. His work is often dramatic and ornamental in design, with lavish use of colored metal inlays and rich red lacquer overlays. Born in 1848 in Iruma County of Musashi Province (present-day Sakado City in Saitama Prefecture), Suzuki Chōkichi spent most of his life working in Tokyo. From 1874 until its dissolution in 1891, he was director of the government-sponsored art export company, the Kiritsu Kōshō Kaisha. He exhibited widely at domestic and international exhibitions, including the Paris World Fair Exhibition in 1878 and the Chicago World Fair Exhibition in 1893 (where he exhibited his famous set of twelve falcons). In 1893, Chōkichi was designated an Imperial Court Artist (Teishitsu Gigei-in).

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Jizai figures were made mostly in iron during Edo period, but in the Meiji period example made of silver and copper increased. This work made of silver has been minutely rendered down to the spines on the antennaes.

Muneyoshi was a main craftsman in the Takase Kozan studio. Kozan managed a company that produced mrtal ornament including Jizai works. But he couldn't create the Jizai pieces by himself. Actually, all works was made by Tomiki family. Even among them, Muneyoshi was good at delicate work. And I feel elegance from his work conpare to other craftsmen work.

size 26cm long (The state of hold up the antennae)

We have more Jizai collection other than web site. Please come and touch the real works in our gallery.

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Ichikawa Shudo was the eldest son of Ichikawa Sahei. The family was of samurai origins from Himeji. Shudo moved frequently, residing at Mikimachi and Tokyo, later in Akashi where he died. His grave is at Keifukuji in Himeji. He made elegant trays for Sencha Tea Ceremony. Omura Unkoku was his pupil.

The expression of each dragon are very charming. And It is carved very well.

size 46cm-32cm-3cm(h)

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It is very heartwarming puppies. The tail is really lovely!

Takahashi Ryoun(active Late Meiji - Taishō - Early Shōwa Era) lived in Tokyo, and worked from Late Meiji into the Early Shōwa Era. He graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, and was famed for his skill in casting bronze. The Tokyo Casting Association lists him as a designated special member, a ranking reserved for only the best artists.
size 17-10-14.5(h)cm 16-13-9(h)cm

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His foundry technique is rated highly. And this tortoise is expressed in detail well, too. You can fully feel the technique of the master craftsman.

size 9.5cm-5cm-3.5cm(h)

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He always carved his works from single piece of Japanese camphor wood. And also he is famous for his colouring technique. The eagle just about to fly up to the blue sky. And the size is very tall and laborious work.

size 67cm(h), With original signed box.

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There is not such a delicate and so beautifully butterfly. If there is it, it is famous gold butterfly by Tomiki Muneyoshi. Mr.Mitsuta worked hard at create this time to challenged the gold butterfly.  And the completed work was very attractive not only as Jizai but ornament. And I think it must be new masterpiece Jizai okimono of new generation.

L100×W100×H50mm

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I handled a lot of shrimp Jizai okimono of Myochin & Kozan work. And I can introduce that the shrimp is one of the most delicate and cool detail work of past our collections. I'm surprised that the complicated work and a lot of articulate parts.

L150 X W60 X H50mm copper,brass,bronze.

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I got new works of Mitsuda Haruo. In this new work, surface structure is expressed well and very attractive. Ofcourse you can also feel the softness of legs when I put it on the palm in this time. I guess you feel little tickle. In this time, he made that the beetle's head turn upwards. So, we feel better when you display it as ornament. 

L90×W65×H30mm

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It has good patina& looks cute!

size 13-8-17(h)cm

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The heron is carved very good work with grace. When you put it on your room, the blank space will become more charm.

size 20cm(h)

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The new work of Mr.Mitsuda arrived. The two crabs are so much alike that you cannot tell which is which. but when you see the other side, it is female, and the back is different from a male in the size of the stomach. And also the size of crab's claws are a little bit different. He is a man having feelings in the really small place. We can understand that he made it to faithfully to the real one.
Male L50×W35×H25mm Female L50×W35×H25mm

Made of bronze and brass.

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How attractive, these children are! I was fascinated with powerful pose which seemed to begin to move at any moment. Sophisticated, elegant art is splendid, but I love the work which adopted beauty of such nature well. There is form to be able to make only nature. There is not an idea of the perfection, and a figure can afford, and there is friendliness to accept anyone.It is my recent favorite.

size 36-15-14(h)cm / 26-12-33(h)cm

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The composition is thrilling and interesting. It is very attractive. And this work is also carved by one piece of wood except for the feeler of mantis. The carving is an interesting work fantastically.

size 34-20-27(h)cm

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As for this work, his technique is fully shown.
Really careful work is given to the legs. I can feel the softness of legs when I put it on the palm. I have an illusion as if I ride a genuine stag beetle on a hand.
I am really amazed to learn to model it on a genuine article until the touch.

L70×W50×H18mm, L50×W30×H15mm

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size, The one dog 20-10-9(h)cm, The two dog 18-18.5-15(h)cm

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Mr.Mitsuda made new type spider jizai okimono. He improve his skill through constant discipline.

It also can be hang from the ceiling like real spider.

H25×W48×D50mm

copper, bronze and brass

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Jinbo Yutaka is a father of Jinbo Miyabi and Takuma. The family is leading Japanease contemporary wood carving world. They always carved from one piece of wood and coloring by delicate sensibilities.

And Miyabi, Takuma and Yutaka each have attractive personalities. We hundle Miyabi and Yutaka too. If you interested in their work, please contact us freely.

size44-21-15(h)cm

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It's a virtuoso work. I could not suppress a grunt of admiration when I saw the work.  This work is carved by one piece of wood. There are no joints. And please see the ring hundle. It is carved like real iron hundle.

The Masanao carvers of Ise were famous for their netsuke carving. These artists seldom worked on the larger scale of okimono. Their carvings of frogs and animals were beautifully rendered and infused with a life-like realism.

size 26-23-34(h)cm  with original signed box. Signed on the bottom ''Masanao''.

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Naoto Tabata is very hopeful artist in the ceramics world.

I could not believed that the work is Kutani-ware at see for the first time.
His elegant work is unbelievable. He have to calculate after baked condition. Chenging color, shrinking, breaking.

He must be contemporary ''Miyagawa Kozan''.

56-15.5-11(h) cm

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KATORI MASAHIKO (1899-1988) is ''A living national treasure'' in Japan.
He is a most gerat metal artist in TAISYO and SYOWA era.
He won many prizes. (TEITEN,Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes and so on)
This work is on the book of ''KATORI MASAHIKO warks'' (published 1969year).
36cm(h)
 
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It is an ornament of the parents and child tiger which is seem very happy expressions.

However, the pattern of the back becoming to tiger, and to remember even fear.

It is an excellent carved work.

male one 16-7.5-9cm(h)female one 10.5-7-8cm(h)

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This work has grace and dignity.

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This Jizai Okimono is very well done, especially details.

The condition is also perfect. Made of iron.

Longest 25cm (Body only14cm)

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Inlaying is given to their eyes by SYAKUDO (red copper) and hair work is great.

The work is one of my favorite because very lovely.

Big one 13×12×16(h)cm Small one 13×8×9(h)cm

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Ueno Gyokusui is famous for wood birds carving.

We love his works. And We display our collection of Ueno Gyokusui now.

We are looking forward to seeing you.

male 10×4.5×11cm female 9.5×4.5×6cm

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The Jizai Okimono is very interesting piece. It can be hang from the ceiling like real spider.

H30×W40×D40mm

copper, bronze and brass

2010

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H13×W76×D54mm

bronze and brass
2010

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The Jizai okimono is just like real Stag beetle!

Very fine work given.

H18×W50×D70mm
copper, bronze and brass

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Made of pure silver. Perfect condition.

About 10cm. Taisho-Showa Era.

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Shinu is a pupil of Oshima Jyoun.

This work was finished completed nicely. The drape's(clothing) expression is specially wonderful. And the eyes are inlaid gold.

Size 30×18×12cm(h)

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Ueno Gyokusui is famous for birds wood carving. His skills are very precise and wonderful.

I always feel admiration for his detail work.

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The monkey's expression is very good. And it is very unique that he has Sagemonoes.

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Takahashi Kaisyu is a person who built Kanazawa's metalwork foundation after the war.

This work's silhouette is very beautiful, and a peculiar inlaying to Kaga is given to the collar.

Made of Bronze Size 40cm

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H50×W50×D50mm

Haruo Mitsuda was received the Grand Prize of "The 2nd Art Plaza Grand Prize- Tokyo National University of Fine Arts" in this work.

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Haruo Mitsuda is a contemporary metal artist.

But he has amazing minute fine skills. He always create jizai okimono in real size of insects.

He studied metal work in Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. And then he became the pupil of a famous Jizai maker Tomiki.

size H20×W60×D40mm

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The metal work has grace and dignity. And it is given minute carving even the tip of legs.

size 20cm(h) Include the pedestal.

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Jizai Okimono are realistically shaped figures of animals made from iron, copper, shibuichi (copper and silver alloy) and shakudo (copper and gold alloy). Their bodies and limbs are articulated, and can be moved like real animals.
This Lobster is made of Iron. And It is very nice work and condition.

Made by Myochin Munekiyo who is a most famous artist for JIZAI OKIMONO and suit of armors.

Edo period.  size 19cm long.

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