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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Koro with Silver Lid by Kusube Yaichi & Muneyoshi

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1950: Item # 1434160

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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An incense burner in cloudlike colors by 20th century pottery legend Kusube Yaichi with solid silver lid by Muneyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box. The silver Hoya (lid) in the shape of a myriad of overlapping butterflies is signed on the rim Muneyoshi. I believe that this is the Muneyoshi who was one of the top silver smiths working under the famous Takase Kozan. The Koro is 8.5 cm (3 inces) diameter, 10 cm (4 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kusube Yaichi (1897-1984) was born in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto, and entered the Kyoto Ceramic Research Facility in 1912, establishing his studio in 1918. He helped to found the ceramics organization Sekido-sha in 1920 to promote a modern approach and appreciation of pottery not as a craft but as works of art. His work was recognized at the Paris Exposition Universal in 1924 (and again in 1936), and he was awarded at the first Teiten to accept crafts in 1927 (again in 1933 and 1951, and served as a judge there in 1937 and 1946). Known for his adaptation of Art-Deco and Art-Nouveau, he was awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize in 1954 and named a member of that exclusive institution in 1962. Ten years later he was designated a person of important cultural merit by Kyoto, finally being awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in 1978. Work by him is held in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Freer/Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo as well as the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, The Mie Prefectural Art Museum and the Kamakura Museum of Modern Art among many others.