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,Japanese Eiraku Zengoro Porcelain Tokkuri Set


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1430342

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $395.00 
Vibrant colors decorate the deeply carved set of Tokkuri by Eiraku Zengoro dating from the Mieji to Taisho period (late 19th to early 20th centuries). Each is 13 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and both are in excellent condition, signed on bottom Dai Nippon Eiraku Zo and enclosed in a custom made kiri-wood collectors’ box. The mouth is lined with genuine silver.
The Eiraku family is one of Japan’s most important and historically significant lines of pottery artists in Kyoto, tracing back to the 16th century. The skill of Eiraku potters earned the honorific title of Senke-Jissoku, reserved for 10 families of artisans who produce tea ceremony utensils for the san-Senke, or Japanese tea schools. Records and information on early generations of the Nishimura family were destroyed in the Tenmei fire (1788). The name Eiraku began being used by the 11th generation. During the later half of the 19th century things become a little confusing as there were more than one Eiraku at the same time, Wazen, Sosaburo and Tokuzen working in different parts of Japan (Eiraku 12, 13A, and 14A respectively). Eiraku Zengoro XIII (Sosaburo) was born into a family of lacquer artisans, but was sent to the studio of Eiraku Hozen in 1847. He led a tumultuous life, running the kiln for Hozen, then becoming Eiraku XIII, then changing his name to Nishimura Sosaburo. And in his later years, moved to Osaka under the Mitsui family kiln which had been under the guidance of the Eiraku family. He died in 1876 but was succeeded by Tosuke (who maintained as the 2nd 13th generation. Tsuke died in 1893. Eiraku Zengoro XIV (Tokuzen) was born the first son of Eiraku Wazen, the 12th generation head of the family in 1853. Best known for Aka-e and Gosu, with a strong hand, he died in 1909. To add to the confusion, without an heir, the wife of Tokuzen takes over continuing as the 14th generation (so 14B). Eiraku Myozen (1852-1927) was a female potter who took the reins after her husband, Tokuzen died. She guided the family through the volatile years of the late Meiji and Taisho eras, and added a delicate touch to the Eiraku oeuvre. Work by her is held in the Seattle Art Museum and Freer Sackler Gallery among others.