Christie's Important 20th Century Art & Design

Eames sculpture!!!
The estimate is $400 to $600k
The same sculpture sold for $365k in 1999

Here it is at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1944 Design for Use exhibition
Isamu Noguchi fossil marble table
Estimate:  $800k to $1.2 Million. They said the "M" word. 

Isamu Noguchi chess table
Estimate: $60 to $80k 

Greta Grossman double cobra
Estimate: $5 to $7k 

Greta Grossman cabinet
I've never seen this one before. It looks like the provenance lists Grossman herself.
Estimate: $20 to $30k 

Here's the rest: Christie's

Kawai Kanjiro / Kyoto

Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966)
One of the top Mingei ceramic artists. He was also a lifelong friend of Shoji Hamada.
Additional information: here

Kanjiro's house and studio in Kyoto 


The studio

The kiln out back.

Kyoto / Picking

There is a monthly flea market at Toji Temple. This month is it was happening during a solar eclipse.
It seemed like the right recipe for good findings.  

Praying to the picking gods.

Garage sale in Kyoto.

This shop was in the tourist section of town. They carried tea towels and the such.
Yep, that's a Shiro Kuramata vase in the window. 

I tried to buy it, but no dice. That would have been a nice score.

Kyoto is temple-land.

It's also Geisha-land. They have digital cameras and they text. 

Tokyo / California

I picked up the "mook" Casa Brutus put out on California Design. 

JB Blunk

Hey, there's Gerard.

Tanya too!

I didn't make it to this but there was supposed to be some vintage Eames.

Play Mountain is a nice shop in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. 
They carry contemporary craft, including some by California artists along with Heath Ceramics.
The owner drew me a great map of where I should hit up in the area.
He also suggested I go to Be a Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk.

They gave me a lemon cake the first time I went and a button the second time.
Super nice people and the coffee was great. 

Tokyo / Meguro Dori

Meguro Dori in Meguro-ku is the street where most of the vintage shops in Tokyo are, including Case Study.
Amongst a large collection of good stuff piled in there was this Heifetz lamp by Zahara Schatz.  
There were also some good Nelson clocks and Eames pieces.

Tetsumasa Suda is the owner of Case Study. 

I tried hard to find some vintage mid-century Japanese designs.
The thing that I kept hearing was that it's impossible to find. It turned out to be true for me. 
He's friends with Riki Watanabe so if he doesn't have any vintage examples, prospects were looking bleak. 
He did have a newer production Watanabe iron and wood stool signed by Riki himself.

He showed me the Ray Eames business card from his private stash. I think he said Sori Yanagi gave it to him.

Meister is just down the street from Case Study.
The upstairs has a nice mix of things for sale and a personal collection that wasn't for sale. 
Of course, the one thing I wanted was NFS. 
They also have their own line of new stuff if you're into that sort of thing.
Most "vintage" shops in Japan have a lot of new merchandise. 

Pretty rare Nelson lamp.  This one is for sale.

Ray Eames to Alexander Girard
Meister collection= Not for Sale!

They didn't have any info on this, but it's pretty cool.

Natzlers at Meister

I'm pretty sure I recognized one of the guys in this shop from the Rose Bowl flea

Eames wire chair at Junks
69,800 Yen = $880