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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Ito Tozan I Kyo-yaki Pottery Bowl, Willow and Sparrows

Ito Tozan I Kyo-yaki Pottery Bowl, Willow and Sparrows

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1396210

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A beautiful bowl by Ito Tozan I festooned with a willow tree in cobalt and iron under crackled Kyo-yaki –glaze with accents of over-glaze gold enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 18.5 cm (7-1/2 inches) diameter. It has acquired some discoloration over time, one darker circle like the shadow of the moon around which fly sparrows, harbingers of Spring. The box lid has been broken once and glued back together and the bottom of the box has some insect damage along the adges..
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperial table). In 1867, with the fall of the Edo government, he opened his kiln in Eastern Kyoto. Much prized at home, he was also recognized abroad at the Amsterdam, Paris and Chicago World Expositions. With an emphasis on Awata and Asahi wares of Kyoto, he began to use the name Tozan around 1895. In 1917 he was named a member of the Imperial Art Academy, one of only five potters ever given that title, and like his teacher Denshichi, created the dishes from which the Imperial family would eat. He worked very closely with his adopted son, Ito Tozan II (1871-1937).