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.

Exceptional Suda Seika Ude-naga Monkey Porcelain Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1415912

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A very rare work by Suda Seika featuring a long armed monkey climbing over the rim in raw terracotta clay, contrasting brilliantly against the blue splashed white porcelain. It is 17.5 x 20 x 10.5 cm (7 x 8 x 4 inches) and comes enclosed in a period kiri-wood box. The first generation Suda Seika (1862-1927) was born the son of a merchant in Kanazawa, then part of the Kaga fief. He graduated the Ishikawa prefectural Industrial Ceramic Research Center in 1880 specializing in decoration, and moved to Kyoto the same year. In 1883 he entered the Kutani Ceramics Company, and was elevated to head of decoration two years later. In 1891, he established the Nishiki kiln in Yamashiro Onsen (Hotsprings) of Kaga city, and in 1906 opened a second climbing kiln which bore the name Seika. In 1915 he served as a mentor to the young upstart who would later become known as Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959). The second generation took the reins in the mid 1920s, passing them onto the third generation around 1970.