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.
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Edo p. Mishima Chawan Tea Bowl by Eiraku Zengoro XI (Hozen)

Edo p. Mishima Chawan Tea Bowl by Eiraku Zengoro XI (Hozen)

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1419478

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A beautifully formed bowl with a hakeme brush stroke surrounding the outside, the textured red clay impressed with designs which are filled with slip over a pale gray glaze known as Mishima ware. The stamp on bottom is that of Eiraku Hozen, 11th head of the Eiraku line. It comes wrapped in a silk cloth in a period Kiri-wood storage box. It is 13.3 cm (5-1/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. A similar bowl in this style sold at Christies in May 2017 for 1,750 GBP.
Eiraku Zengoro XI (Nishimura Hozen, 1795–1854) was adopted into the Nishimura family, who specialized in making braziers for the tea ceremony. He took the name Eiraku Hozen after Lord Tokugawa Naritsune had awarded him the Eiraku seal (Eiraku, eternal joy) in 1827. Hozen was familiar with all porcelain and stoneware techniques. For the most part, he produced tea ceramics: blue-and white porcelain in the style of the Shonzui ware from the Chinese Jingdezhen kilns in the Ming dynasty; blue-and white ware with overglaze decoration (gosu aka-e); celadons; stoneware with gohon-de glaze; and Kochiware. According to the Met: ‘He was one of the most influential ceramists in Kyoto in the nineteenth century’. Held in the British Museum, the Rijks Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York among many others.