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 Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan Ceramic Vase, Kingfisher


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Gold reflects the shimmering light on the feathers of the Kawasemi (Kingfisher) perched attentive on a branch over the raw earth of this flower vessel by Miyagawa (Makuzu) Kozan II enclosed in the original signed wood box titled: Suhada Iro-e Medake ni Kawasemi Chokoku Kabin (Vase of un-glazed clay with Kingfisher on Bamboo). Interestingly he has chosen two separate characters, both of which can be read Kawasemi, but combined are the word for Jade, making a play on words and imagery in the title. Roughly 8 inches (20 cm) diameter, 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) tall and in excellent condition. It is accompanied by a Mokuroku certificate of authentication from the Bijutsu Club written in Showa 16 (1941).
The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth-generation head of the Kyoto pottery family Miyagawa Chozo. The Kozan (Makuzu) kiln as we know it today was established in Yokohama in 1871 by the 11th generation head of the family where he reinvented the family business. He immediately set out on a journey which would propel the Kozan name to International Celebrity status, and send his wares throughout the globe. Pieces produced there were marked Kozan, or Makuzu, the official kiln name, or both. Although he had been running the daily operation since the late 19th century, the first son, Hanzan, succeeded as head of the kiln, in 1912, with the father officially retiring to spend more time on his own research and art. Kozan I dies in 1916. The kiln was run by Hanzan (1859-1940) through the early Showa era, he officially taking the name Kozan II in 1917, after one-year mourning for his father’s passing. Under Hanzan the kiln was commissioned for works to be presented to the Prince of Wales, the 25th wedding anniversary gift for the Taisho emperor and the Showa Emperors coronation gift. The unlucky third generation inherited the kiln at the height of the war years, it was completely destroyed in the bombing of Yokohama in 1945. For more on this illustrious family see Bridging East and West, Japanese Ceramics from the Kozan Studio by Kathleen Emerson-Dell.