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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Rare Kujaku-yu Pottery Vase by Komori Shinobu

Rare Kujaku-yu Pottery Vase by Komori Shinobu


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1940: Item # 1407005

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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 $600.00 
An unusual early 20th century vessel by Komori Shinobu and his Tsubaki-gama kiln enclosed in the original signed and custom fitted wooden box titled Kujaku-yu Chabana Mon Kabin (Peacock-glaze Tea Flower Pattern Vase). It is 11-1/4 (28.5 cm) tall and roughly 6 inches (15 cm) diameter, in excellent condition.
Komori Shinobu (1889-1962) was born in Osaka and enrolled in the Kyoto Tojiki Shikensho Ceramics Research Facility in 1911 (far predating the likes of Kawai Kanjiro and Hamada Shoji) where he would focus on the basics of industrial ceramics while fostering a deep interest in ancient Chinese forms and techniques. In 1917 he moved to Dalian (then in South Manchuria) to further his studies, and in 1921 was able to set up a research center there, being one of the first Japanese to systematically study Chinese ceramics on the continent. When he returned to Japan is not clear, but it would seem sometime int eh later Taisho era. After returning to Japan he would open a kiln in Seto called the Tsubaki-gama (written Yamacha), the first of several kilns (later in Mie (Fuchugama) and Hokkaido (Hokutogama) among others). In 1949 he would take a teaching position at the Kanazawa University of Art. He was awarded the order of cultural merit by Hokkaido for his life work in 1962.