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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Set 5 Meiji p. Toyoraku Oribe Style Lacquered Ceramic Bowls

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1445543

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A set of five Oribe style lidded bowls covered in red tame-nuri lacquer with auspicious symbols of Iris and Reishi (Chinese Ling Zhi) Mushrooms. Inside a blue floral spray which appears to be wisteria flower curls out from a splash of copper green on the color infused crackled pale glaze. Interior and exterior separated by gold rims. Each bowl is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 6 cm (2-1/2 inches) tall and are in fine condition. There is an iridescence in the glaze visible in the foot typical of mid-Meiji pottery, and these likely date from somewhere before the turn of the century. They come enclosed in an old wooden box.
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.