Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Kiyomizu Rokubei IV Fox in Priest Robes Pottery Okimono
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A timid creature in priests habit looks intensely back at us as we gaze at his deceptive form, as if willing us to believe the deception of this mystical shape-shifting bonze. It is by Kiyomizu ROkubei IV and comes enclosed in the original wooden box signed by the 69 year old man Rokui making the piece date to 1917, four years after he handed the reins of the family kiln to his son. The pure white clay is covered in colored glazes except for the head, which is raw earth. Likely made to be an oki-goro incense burner, it is 8 x 7-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches (20 x 19 x 19 cm).
The knob on the top of his staff has been broken off and repaired, and there is the slightest tip on his upper lip (see close-up phoots).
Kiyomizu Rokubei IV (1848-1920) was born the first son of Rokubei III and headed the family kiln from 1883-1913.He studied painting in the Shijo manner under Shiiokawa Bunrin and had a brotherly relationship with his fellow student Kono Bairei (under whom his own son would study painting). He sought to revitalize the pottery tradition of Kyoto, bringing in new techniques and styles and together with artists like Asai Chu and Nakazawa Iwata took part in the Entoen group and with Kamizaka Sekka the Keitobi-kai. He also held a strong relationship with literati artists such as Tomioka Tessai and together with these artists produced many joint works. He fell ill in 1902, finally handing the reins over to the 5th generation in 1913.
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