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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Pottery Koro Incense Burner Pair by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1960: Item # 1430248

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A rooster and hen in brilliant plumage, one a Koro incense burner and the other a Kogo incense case by Kiyomizu Rokubei VI enclosed in the original signed and compartmentalized wooden box. The hen is made to contain incense cones, while the cock sits over top of a small basin for burning the incense, his back pierced to allow the fragrant wisps of smoke to escape. Both birds are 7 inches (17.5 cm) long, the cockerel 5 inches (13 cm) tall, and in excellent condition. This is strongly reminiscent of the work of the fifth generation, and one might suspect it was from quite early in his career.
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyoto’s Gojozaka district throughout the second half of the Edo period. From the Meiji they began producing tableware for export and special pieces for government-sponsored exhibitions under Rokubei IV. Rokubei V led the kiln into the 20th century, and his son, Rokubei VI (1901-1980), would assume lead in 1945, taking the kiln through the tumultuous years after the Second World War. He graduated the Kyoto Municipal School of Arts and Crafts, then the Kyoto Special School of Painting, before apprenticing under his father in 1925. He exhibited frequently and was often prized at the National Bunten, Teiten and Nitten Exhibits, where he later served as judge. He was also lauded abroad, in the USSR, France, Italy, Belgium and was appointed a member of the Japan Art Academy. In 1976 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit for his lifelong devotion to promoting Japanese pottery traditions. His works are held in numerous museums throughout the globe.