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.

19th c. Japanese Ceramic Vase by Takahashi Dohachi & Itsuun


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A crab crawls among the awa plants burgeoning with seed on the side of this Kyo-yaki vessel by Takahashi Dohachi with the painting performed by Itsuun which appears to be dated 1836 in the 60 year lunar cycle. It comes enclosed in a period wooden box annotated by Dohachi VI. It is 10-3/4 inches (27 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The box inscription reads: Itsuun Kani Ga (Image of Crab by Itsuun) Sendai Dohachi Zo Kabin (Vase made by previous generation Dohachi) and inside: Kachutei Rokusei Dohachi Kan (Attested by Kachutei Dohachi VI).
The only Itsuun I know of is Kinoshita Itsuun (1798-1866); a trained doctor and nanga artist of the late Edo period from Nagasaki. Very popular in his home town, he also went to Kyoto where he learned the Shijo and Yamato-e styles of painting and would have associated there with the likes of Dohachi in the literati circles.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by a retainer of Kameyama fief, Takahashi Dohachi I around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain and ceramic production by the second generation head of the family who attained an imperial following, and grew to be one of the most famous potters of the Later Edo period to come from Kyoto. Ninnami Dohachi (1783-1855) was born the second son of Takahashi Dohachi I. Following the early death of his older brother he succeeded the family name, opening a kiln in the Gojo-zaka area of Kyoto (at the foot of Kiyomizu temple) in 1814. Well known for research into and perfection of ancient Chinese and Korean forms long held in high esteem in Japan, and at the same time working to expand the family reputation within tea circles. Along with contemporaries Aoki Mokubei and Eiraku Hozen became well known as a master of porcelain as well as Kenzan and Ninsei ware. Over the following decades he would be called to Takamatsu, Satsuma, Kishu and other areas to consult and establish kilns for the Daimyo and Tokugawa families as well as Nishi-Honganji Temple. An exhibition was held at the Suntory Museum in 2014 centering on this artist, and he is also held in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Kyoto National Museum among many, many others. The third generation (1811-1879) was known as Kachutei Dohachi and continued the work of his father, producing an abundance of Sencha tea ware and other porcelain forms, maintaining the highest of standards and ensuring the family place in the annals of Kyoto ceramics.