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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Antique Porcelain Bowl by Ito Tozan & Konoshima Okoku

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1940: Item # 1423594

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A sparse plum branch painted by Konoshima Okoku wraps about the outside of this footed dish by Ito Tozan with a calligraphic verse wrapping the rim inside. It comes enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 18.5 cm (7-1/4 inches) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Konoshima Okokku (1877-1938) was born in Kyoto in 1877, and studied under renowned painter Imao Keinen (1845-1924). He wa well known for intimate depictions of fauna in expressive landscapes, and his work was often lauded at public venues, including the Bunten/Teiten National Art Exhibitions. He served as teacher at the Kyoto School of Art, where he would mentor the subsequent generation of painters.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi. He began using the name Tozan in 1895, and later received a number of prizes from the Imperial family, as well as being internationally acclaimed in the Paris, Chicago and Amsterdam Exhibitions. It is no surprise he would be chosen to create the dishes from which the Emperor would drink. He was named a member of the prestigious Imperial Art Academy in 1917, three years before his death. He worked very closely with his adopted son Ito Tozan II (1871-1937). He too began life as a painter, but his talent was seen by Tozan I, who adopted him and converted him to pottery, where he both succeeded and excelled as a member of one of Kyotos most well-known pottery families. Although Tozan I was most well known for earthenware, Tozan II expanded the family name to become quite popular in porcelain. With only 17 years of production, works signed by him are rare. He was succeeded by his son Tozan III (1901-70). This box bears the signature of the second generation.