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 Pottery Sencha Tea Ware, Makuzu Kozan I


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1414482

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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 $700.00 
Gold freckles the bronze surface of this container for pouring out the dregs of steeped tea (Yukoboshi) by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan I enclosed in a wooden box titled (Outside) Yukoboshi and (inside) Kinkasai-yu, Kozan Okina Isaku (Gold Flower Glaze, Left by the old man Kozan) annotated by his son Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II and bearing the Teishitsu Gigein seal. It is 8.5 cm diameter, 7 cm tall (3-1/4 inches diameter, 2-3/4 inches tall) and in excellent condition bearing the artists seal firmly impressed into the base.
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth generation head of the Kyoto pottery family Miyagawa Chozo. The Kozan (Makuzu) kiln as we know it today was established in Yokohama in 1871 by the 11th generation head of the family where he reinvented the family business. He immediately set out on a journey which would propel the Kozan name to International Celebrity status, and send his wares throughout the globe. Pieces produced there were marked Kozan, or Makuzu, the official kiln name, or both. Although he had been running the daily operation since the late 19th century, the first son, Hanzan, succeeded as head of the kiln, in 1912, with the father officially retiring to spend more time on his own research and art. Kozan I dies in 1916. The kiln was run by Hanzan through the early Showa era, he officially taking the name Kozan II in 1917, after one year mourning for his fathers passing. Under Hanzan the kiln was commissioned for works to be presented to the Prince of Wales, the 25th wedding anniversary gift for the Taisho emperor and the Showa Emperors coronation gift. The kiln was completely destroyed in the bombing of Yokohama in 1945. For more on this illustrious family see Bridging East and West, Japanese Ceramics from the Kozan Studio by Kathleen Emerson-Dell.