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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Suwa Sozan I Celadon Porcelain Vase 1919

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1430040

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A celadon glazed porcelain vase by important artist Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seiji Kabin bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-in Seal of the Imperial Art Academy and unusually dated August of Taisho 8 (1919). The simple cylindrical form is engraved with a scene of weeping willow over decorative garden stones. This may have been engraved by another person, as the box appears to bear the name Naoue Densui-kun (Or possibly Nao (priest) Ueta Suekun). It is 36.5 cm (14-1/4 inches) tall and is in excellent condition. A sheet from the January 12 1925 Osaka Shinbun Newspaper was used as cushion in the bottom, and is included as part of its history.
Suwa Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would gravitate between Tokyo and Kanazawa, working at various kilns and research facilities. He again relocated, this time to Kyoto in 1900 to manage the Kinkozan Studio before establishing his own. His name became synonymous with celadon and refined porcelain and was one of only five potters to be named Teishitsu Gigei-in. The Teishitsu Gigei-in were members of the Imperial Art Academy, Perhaps in modern terms one might call them the predecessors to the Living National Treasures. However unlike the LNT, there were only five Pottery artists ever named Teishitsu Gigei-in, Ito Tozan, Suwa Sozan, Itaya Hazan, Miyagawa Kozan, and Seifu Yohei III. He was succeeded by his adopted daughter upon his death. He is held in the Kyoto National Museum among many others.