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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Porcelain Dish by M. Tozan and Ishii Hakutei


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A Chinese beauty looks back through the open gate of this continental scene by painter Ishii Hakutei performed in blue on a porcelain dish made by Miyanaga Tozan enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 21 cm (8-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Miyanaga Tozan I (1868-1941) is one of the most important names in Kyoto ceramics. He was born in Ishikawa prefecture, and graduated from the (now) Tokyo University of Art. While a government employee, he represented Japan at Arts Expositions, and studied art in Europe before returning to Japan in 1902 to devote himself to the production of ceramics, with great emphasis on celadon, one of the most difficult of all ceramic wares. He was direct teacher or mentor to a number of prominent artists including Kitaoji Rosanjin and Arakawa Toyozo. He was succeeded by his adopted daughter who brought a refreshing variation of color and delicate touch to the porcelains they produced. The kiln is now in the third generation, run by his grandson.
Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958) was born the eldest son of Nihonga artist Ishii Teiko, and began with that painting style under his father, however moved to study oil painting under Asai Chu and Nakamura Fusetsu. Although he enrolled in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, he dropped out disillusioned, and began down his own path. Works were accepted into the Bunten and Teiten National Exhibitions, a rarity for a young artist without pedigree, and a testament to his skill. He travelled extensively, which had a strong influence on his art. In 1914, along with Yamashita Shintaro he helped to establish the Nikakai, one of the most important venues for Western style painters in Japan. 1918 saw him traveling in Korea and Manchuria, and this dish may be a memory of that trip. In 1935 he was accepted into the Imperial Art Academy. But in 1936, along with his old friend Yamashita Shintaro, established the Issui-kai, another important and long-standing exhibition venue. Later he would serve as a judge for the Nitten (post-war) and would receive the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors to a Japanese citizen. Work by him is held in a plethora of museums.