The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

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

Antique Japanese Toyoraku Pottery and Lacquer Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1408934

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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An exquisite Oribe style pottery basin covered outside in brilliant black lacquer decorated with an image of the Nagoya Castle Tower among pine trees on one side, a giant white radish on the other, and a red gourd, stamped on the base and enclosed in the original signed wooden box dated on bottom the 10th month of Meiji 2 (1869). It is not clear if this was when the piece was made, or acquired by a collector. It is 3 inches (8 cm) tall and in excellent condition covered with a wooden lid lined with gold in the manner of a tea urn. The box is titled Yunomi, but the shape would also make a great incense burner or Chaire tea urn.
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.