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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Toyoraku Oribe Lacquered Ceramic Cup

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1445542

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Phoenix and Dragons chase the Hoju (burning Buddhist Jewel) among geometric patterns in green, red and gold on the black lacquered ground of this Oribe style pottery cup, inside a splash of copper-green opposite black branches draping into the cream colored crackled glaze. It is stamped on the base Toyoraku, and dates from the later Edo period. Similar cups attributed to the fourth generation are published in the book Nagoya no Yakimono Toyoraku Yaki (1995). The cup is 7.5 cm (3 inches) tall, the same diameter. There is a small repair to the lip inside (see close-up photos).
The Toyoraku tradition began in the mid 1700s, however it was the fourth generation head of the household (Toyosuke IV 1813~1858) who moved the kiln to Kamimaezu in Nagoya and began applying lacquer and Maki-e to the works. He was succeeded by his son, Toyosuke V (d. 1885) who passed the kiln to his own son Toyosuke VI, (d. 1917), who was highly lauded in his lifetime and made pottery on order of the Meiji emperor, his pieces being selected for international exhibition. The family lineage ended in the Taisho period.