The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

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Imperial Artist Ito Tozan Antique Pottery Bowl Set

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1436714

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A matching set of 5 large and 5 small lidded bowls decorated with broad leafed plants by Imperial Art Academy artist Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden boxes. The leaf appears to be Fuki (Butterbur), a plant harvested for its edible stalk. The basic setting in Japanese food is Ichiju-Sansai or one soup, three dishes. So instead of mixing everything on one plate, each part of the meal is given its own dish. Much Japanese food is still served fresh, and so the four seasons are an indispensable factor for the table. As we live with seasonal foods, it is natural to have a sense of seasons present in the meal, and these bowls would be excellent from Spring through autumn as a reminder of the bounty of nature. These bowls have been used with much care and love as evidenced by the infusion of color into the crackled glaze, and the fact that they retain their original signed boxes with three of the four original stamped wrapping cloths. The taller bowl is 10.2 x 7 cm (4 x 2-3/4 inches), the wider bowl 11.3 x 5.5 cm (4-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches). One bowl has a crack in the edge, otherwise they are all in excellent condition. The boxes are titled Fuki-e moyo Han-chawan go-Kyaku (5 rice bowls) and Suimono Chawan (5 soup bowls) respectively.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began as a painter in the Maruyama school studying under Koizumi Togaku. In 1862 he became a pupil of Kameya Kyokutei, as well as studying under Takahashi Dohachi III and Kanzan Denshichi (who made the dishes for the imperial table). In 1867, with the fall of the Edo government, he opened his kiln in Eastern Kyoto. Much prized at home, he was also recognized abroad at the Amsterdam, Paris and Chicago World Expositions. With an emphasis on Awata and Asahi wares of Kyoto, he began to use the name Tozan around 1895. In 1917 he was named a member of the Imperial Art Academy, one of only five potters ever given that title, and like his teacher Denshichi, created the dishes from which the Imperial family would eat. He worked very closely with his adopted son, Ito Tozan II (1871-1937).