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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Kiyomizu Rokubei VI Koro Incense Burner w/ Silver Lid

Kiyomizu Rokubei VI Koro Incense Burner w/ Silver Lid

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1980: Item # 1436601

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A modern shaped censerby Kiyomizu Rokubei VI with hand formed silver lid by Muneyoshi enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Hoya Tsuki Sen-mon Koro. I believe that this is the Muneyoshi who was one of the top silver smiths working under the famous Takase Kozan, he made silver koro lids for many of the top artists in Kyoto, including Rokubei and Kusube Yaichi. The Koro is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter and is in perfect condition. These shaped lids were made consistently throughout the 60s and 70s by Muneyoshi for Rokubei, and a koro with the same shape dating to 1965 is published (figure 10) in the book Rokudai Kiyomizu Rokubei Ten (1989).
The Kiyomizu family potters managed one of the most productive workshops in Kyotos 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.