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I am primarily now a collector of paintings in watercolors and oils, but have also collected art glass, wood carvings, cast iron, anything I think is cool that I likI am primarily now a collector of paintings in watercolors and oils, but have also collected art glass, wood carvings, cast iron, anything I think is cool that I like. He/she who dies with the most stuff wins? Hey, I have to rationalize it some way or seek therapy. I have an art collection web site, devoted mostly to paintings. All images are subject to copyright and may be reproduced only with my express written permission: (Read more)


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Japanese mingei ware yunomi set - Asianin Asian
Japanese Iwachu cast iron tetsu kyusu (teapot) Showa period 1926-1989. - Asianin Asian
Japanese cast iron mouse/rat okimono - Animalsin Animals
Japanese Nambu Tekki (?) Cast Iron Ashtray - Asianin Asian
Japanese cast iron fish themed ashtray - Asianin Asian
Made in Japan pot metal elephant - Animalsin Animals
Bronze dog okimono by Sotaro Saegusa - Animalsin Animals
Koransha fish vase - Asianin Asian
Japanese fish okimono - Animalsin Animals
Korean celadon crane and cloud tea cups, early 1980s - Potteryin Pottery


  1. Gawwwwllllleeeee!
  2. Thanks AnythingObscure! I bought the other teapot and cups in the link above to get a look at the mark on the cups, but in the mean time was able to decipher the maker's mark on this one and identify ...
  3. Thanks for your comment LaurenRedmond! Probably the work of a very experienced artist. Not sure where the artist was going with the color choice.
  4. Thanks Daisy1000!
  5. Thank you Thomas!
  6. Thanks for your comment, Karen! Learning about the concept of mingei was an eye opener for me. The story behind the movement is very interesting and compelling. When I've mentioned mingei to Japanese ...
  7. I will continue researching this and see if I can find better data.
  8. When I die I want the flag and line of old farts shooting their Garands. I have one of the empty cases from my brother's funeral inscribed with his name and dates of birth and death. I also want the u...
  9. Nice to have someone to discuss this with!
  10. Could be. The history of the marks used by Koransha is not well documented. As far as I can tell, though, their earliest marks were red. I think everything I have is this single blue orchid mark, exc...
  11. It looks to me like Koransha was chaotic in their designs, with no singular style but many different styles represented. Not at all like their sister company Fukugawa. Maybe that is why the Fukugawa f...
  12. Didn't have a problem posting multiple pictures just a few hours ago....
  13. Thanks for your comments Eileen! Yeah, I get it, not the most personable critters, but this guy has a certain "je nes sais quoi"!
  14. The Koransha kiln that used this mark was founded in 1875. It may be that this piece is an homage to an earlier period.
  15. I have posted several other pieces with this mark on CW so search on Koransha to see more examples. I may have included more information in those posts......
  16. It is Japanese, made by Koransha. The mark represents an orchid. This mark dates to around the 1930s based on my research. Earlier marks were red, included additional characters in addition to the orc...
  17. Thanks for checking out my bronze dog orlybee!
  18. Thank you Vynil33rpm!
  19. Thanks LOUMANAL!
  20. Thank you Kevin, blunderbuss2, fortapache, jscott0363, aura, RichmondLori and dav2no1!
  21. The foxing is suggestive that this is a watercolor but the texture looks a bit off to me.
  22. Nice. Lithographs do not necessarily have dots. Hand pulled lithographs can be difficult to distinguish from a watercolor. The best way to quickly determine if it is a watercolor or hand pulled lithog...
  23. Thanks apostata!
  24. Thank you ho2cultcha!
  25. Thank you ho2cultcha!
  26. Third item is Marksman badge for qualification with a rifle. There were in descending order of expertise: Expert, Sharpshooter and Marksman medals. In addition to the rifle bar, there were bars for pi...
  27. Thanks for your comment LOUMANAL! Koransha and Fukagawa are my current favorite Japanese kilns followed very closely by Genemon. They all reek of quality workmanship...
  28. A wide selection of her pottery and a brief biography may be found here:
  29. Mayher very often uses a speckled finish on her pottery. My yunomi have a similar glaze to the bottom of your piece.
  30. Probably the work of Caroline Mayher of Brooklin, Maine. She was a student of Japanese potter Henry Okamoto the co-founder of the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, N.Y. She also studied under Makoto Ya...
  31. Thank you very much mcheconi!
  32. Thanks for checking out my hobnail teapot mcheconi!
  33. When I was living in Seattle, no one I knew was from there, so every year we would have what we called "Stray cat and dog Thanksgiving" attended by a bunch of unrelated folks from all over the country.
  34. I'm sure someone (TallCakes) will know this one!
  35. Very cool! How did I miss seeing this on CW for two months?!
  36. Love these. What a great find and story!
  37. I am 66 and question my sanity every time I ride. When I was younger I liked that riding was dangerous, required constant alertness, physical coordination and fast reflexes. Now I don't like to ride s...
  38. I think it is Japanese and maybe mixed media on textured paper, perhaps a woodblock or screen print with some accents using watercolor or goauche. Hard to tell from your images..
  39. Thank you Vynil33rpm!
  40. Thank you SEAN68!
  41. Thanks SEAN68!
  42. Thanks for taking a look at my drippy vase SEAN68!
  43. Thank you SEAN68 and worthit2!
  44. Thanks for taking a look at my cast iron fish, SEAN68. I went back and bought the last one of these, so have three, now. Small and easy to store and a potential gift for someone in the future....
  45. Thanks for taking a look at my Koransha fish vase SEAN68!
  46. Thank you SEAN68!
  47. This is a really nice one, Jenni! These horses are my second favorite Fenton Glass animal, next to the Alley Cat....
  48. Nice bike. I never had an Italian bike. I've had British, German, Japanese and American bikes. Not sure why I never had an Italian bike. I think I rode in the wrong circle as I can't recall any of my ...
  49. My last motorcycle was a 1984 BMW R65 and I still have it..... I did have a 1981 Suzuki GS750E that I still miss... Sold that one in 1992. The 1980s Japanese bikes made great commuters and the Suzuki ...
  50. Thank you Vynil33rpm!
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