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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Antique Japanese Toyoraku Lacquer Pottery Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1408815

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A Meiji period (late 19th to early 20th century) Pottery bowl in the Oribe style covered in unusual red lacquer outside and decorated a spray of gold flora, inside swatches of green run into the center where a peony is written on the crackled glaze in a lavender shaded ink. It comes enclosed in the original wooden box signed Toyosuke. The box has partly disintegrated with time. The bowl is 7-3/4 inches (19.5 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition, stamped on the base. The Toyoraku tradition began in the mid 1700s, however it was the fourth generation head of the household (Toyosuke IV 1813~1858) who moved the kiln to Kamimaezu in Nagoya and began applying lacquer and Maki-e to the works. He was succeeded by his son, Toyosuke V (d. 1885) who passed the kiln to his own son Toyosuke VI, (d. 1917), who was highly lauded in his lifetime and made pottery on order of the Meiji emperor, his pieces being selected for international exhibition. However from the later Meiji he concentrated on Raku-ware, and the lacquer tradition mostly disappeared from the family ouvre.