We mainly handle Chinese ceramics, from appreciation ceramics to sake sets and everyday vessels that enrich your life. We hope that you can enjoy sharing the charm of antique works of art. Please feel free to contact us for collection, sale, repair, etc. of works. We are looking forward to your visit.

In April 1905, the young 22-year-old Matsutarō Mayuyama (1882-1935), founder of Mayuyama & Co., (present-day Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.) set out on his own to Beijing, and there began his antiques business. At the time Beijing was a bustling art market thanks to rising Western interest in Asian art. The ancient cultural properties accidentally discovered and excavated during railway work on t...

Hirano Kotoken has been dealing with Chinese and Korean works of art for over 80 years, since our establishment in 1936. Over the years, clients have included national or private museums, institutions and important private collectors from all over the world.

Song Ceramics are one of the very popular Chinese ceramic genres among Japanese. They are known for simple and refined shape with monochromatic glaze, and because of their universality, they have been highly valued in Ming and Qing dynasties. There are some ware, however, that add a flourish to the world of monochrome, such as Cizhou ware being very unique to Song Ceramics having decorated with... (2022-3-1)

Approximately 100 years ago, a ceramic pottery was found in the Choshu kiln in the town of "Chuka" in southern Hebei. Many people were fascinated by the vibrant, free and clear patterns and powerful modeling, and it became a typical kiln for Song Ming. The Shinshu kiln is fired by applying white makeup and transparent glaze to a gray substrate. Although it is a soft and warm style unique to a t... (2020-1-28)

Our gallery will be exhibiting blue and white dishes from the Ming to Qing dynasty at a reasonable price during the Tokyo Art & Antique period. Dishes that are great to serve sweets and cuisine. We will also exhibit celadons from the Southern Song to Ming dynasty at a good price as well as Goryeo and Annan wares that have been influenced by the Chinese ceramics. Please enjoy the blue and wh... (2019-2-1)

Monochrome, in the sense of painting practised without multiple colours, appeared surprisingly early, as part of the pure landscape genre that developed in the tenth century between the Tang and the beginning of the Song dynasties. The Monochrome landscapes were founded solely on the rich palette of values inherent in the brush-and-ink technique and first came to maturity in the Song era.Song p... (2017-2-10)