Kogirekai Auction catalog.


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Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby togei » Dec 30th, '10, 20:07

I just got the catalog for the January auction at the Kogirekai house in Kyoto. 2 volumes, over 700 pages of full color pictures. Free for those living in Japan. They charge for sending overseas. The catalogs are excellent, a valuable source of information on the antiques market and it is also possible to bid. The items up for bid cover the full range of antiques, including what the title of the auctions house suggests, antiques fabrics and kimono. The links are below for anyone interested in having a look. I am not affiliated in anyway with Kogirekai, I just find the resource so valuable I would like to share it.
Dave
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http://www.kogire-kai.co.jp/english/index.html
http://www.kogire-kai.co.jp/
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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby JBaymore » Dec 31st, '10, 06:17

Thanks Dave.

best,

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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby Robert Fornell » Dec 31st, '10, 12:06

Thanks for the link Dave...... that's quite an online catalogue they have there! Neat! As an aside, I know that you buy and sell Japanese kimono/artifacts/antiques and I'm wondering if you are licensed? Also I've seen the name Kawase come up many times in relation to antiques in your blog and am wondering if your related to him?

Muchas gracias again Dave and Happy New Year!

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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby togei » Dec 31st, '10, 16:10

Kogirekai is steadily improving their online site. I don't go to the site that often, only to download the auction results PDF. There is a different site, Mainichi Auctions, that has better quality items, chock full of name brand tea ware. http://www.my-auction.co.jp/en/index.html

I am licensed. It took over a month for the background check. It sounds a little more thorough than it was. I went to a police station, filled out the form, got a complete run-through on what the license is and what I am required to do and then went home. A little over a month later I got a postcard calling me back to pick up my license. I think I paid a returnable fee of about 20,000 yen. The license allows me to buy and sell antiques. It also allows me to go around to buy direct from people, ubudashi as it is called. If I were to go 'ubudashiing', to coin a term, I would go to a house and ask them to sell me their unwanted items. I have just opened an Etsy store for the antiques but I haven't put anything in it yet.
Mr. Kawase is the 'Don' of Nara antiques. He is 88 y.o. I go at least twice a month to his shop and spend a couple of hours listening to him talk about antiques and life in Nara/Osaka and photographing what he has on hand. It is a treasure to be able to do. I would go more but I take my wife along to yell questions in his ear as he can't hear that well and her limit is about every other week. He is a specialist in Momoyama period tea works. I tend toward Imari but I am still taking the time to gorge on his knowledge and to handle his antiques. I post these outings on my blog under 'Antiques ..." with the date. He is also the head of a local auction I attend that takes place every 15th. of the month. I do sell Japanese textiles but don't study them. I just like them and generally find them of such high quality they are a pleasure to sell. I have been studying antiques for about 2 years now and am just starting to feel I have any kind of grip on what is what.

Happy New Year to everyone.
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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby Robert Fornell » Dec 31st, '10, 17:17

Thanks Dave..... fascinating!

I remember a number of years ago while in Nagoya I stopped by a kottoya-san and was looking around. Off handly I made a remark about Handeshii and the next thing I knew I was in a small room in the back having tea and handling many pieces of his.

Always find a certain amount of mystery when entering those shops.... 8)

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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby togei » Jan 1st, '11, 19:11

It is amazing what is in the back of shops.
Here is a video of Mr. Kawase's hands, tying a tea container, chaire, box.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUO6oNgyZFo
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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby TIM » Jan 1st, '11, 23:49

Thanks for sharing Togei! These are wonderful info and links :D
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Re: Kogirekai Auction catalog.

Postby togei » Jan 23rd, '11, 03:26

The auction I mentioned in this thread is over and the results are posted on the site I linked to in my first post. Go the the Kogirekai site and look for 'auction results.' you can then click for #58 and see the prices.
Very interesting to see what sells and what doesn't.
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