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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Haunting Ivory Porcelain Tea Cup Set by Kato Keizan I

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1430630

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Orchids are engraved into the sides of these elegant pale tea cups by Kato Keizan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Ivory-Porcelain Tea Cups Carved with Orchids. Stylistically they appear to be based on Song Dynasty Chinese models. Exquisite, Delicate, a pleasure to hold and drink from. They are 8.2 cm (3-1/4 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/4 inches) tall and in excellent condition. 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).
Kato Keizan I (1886-1963) was born in Tajimi city, Gifu, a pottery center in its own right, however came to Kyoto to apprentice under Kiyomizu Rokubei IV. He established himself in the same neighborhood in Kyoto, where he became well known for celadon and Chinese based porcelain forms. Works by this artist are held in the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto among others.