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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Unusual Miura Chikusen III Shishi Koro Incense Burner


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1930: Item # 1430492

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An unusual Incense burner in the shape of a roaring Shishi Lion perched upon a circular dais on a four legged square diaper by Miura Chikusen III (active 1920-1931) enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Shishi Koro. The sculpted incense burner is covered in green glaze upon which has been applied genuine gold based upon Chinese taste. The Shishi himself is a chimney, as well holes in the four corners allow the smoke to escape. It is signed on the base in a frame of archaic square key frets. This type of Sinophile work was very popular throughout the Meiji and Taisho periods, and Sencha steeped tea had a profound impact on Japanese culture at the time. For more on that see the book ‘Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha’ by Patricia Graham (1998). It is 11.5 cm (4-1/2 inches) square, 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Miura Chikusen I (1854-1915) made a name for himself as a strict adherent to and supplier of Sencha tea wares in Kyoto; one of the most important artists in the country for that genre. He studied under Takahashi Dohachi from the age of 13, before establishing his own studio in 1883. He was a feature in the literati community of Kyoto and was well known also as a painter, poet and calligraphist. His porcelains were considered of the highest grade throughout the Meiji era, and are still highly collectable today. The Eldest son took over after his father assuming the family name as Chikusen II, but died young in 1920 leaving a child heir, whereupon his younger brother (1900-1990) took over as Chikusen, III. When his brothers son came of age, III relinquished the helm, appointing his nephew Chikusen IV and assuming the name Chikuken (Chikken) in 1931. The kiln continues, currently under the management of the fifth generation.