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 Kikko-yaki Lusterware plate

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1930: Item # 1414669

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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The crescent moon rises over rocks along the shore, still waters rippling in the distance on this plate from the Osaka kilns of Jusanken Kikko. The image of the moon and shore appears to be signed Keisen (Baba Keisen,1894-1953) a painter in the Shijo style trained under Imao Keinen. On back is written an excerpt from the Noh Play Fujito, which appears to be signed by a woman, perhaps a theater-player or geisha. The dish is 8-1/2 inches (22 cm) diameter and is in excellent condition, enclosed in the original signed wooden box.
The Kikko Kiln was established in Osaka in the opening years of the 19th century by Iyo native Toda Jihe, who had learned the ceramic arts in Kyoto under all of the great names of the time, Kiyomizu Rokubei I, Ryonyu the 9th generation head of the Raku family, and Ninnami Dohachi among others. He would be known as Jusanken Shogetsu. After being noticed by then Daimyo of Osaka area Mizuno Tadakuni, he received the kiln name Kikko. His works were distributed as gifts among the Daimyo, and he was called to work in many fiefs creating “Niwa Yaki” kilns throughout Japan. During the Meiji the kiln would be split into two continuing lineages, one using Jusanken stamp, the other Kikko Shogetsu.