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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Antique Japanese Toyoraku Lacquered Ceramic Tray

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1445699

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Pine boughs cascade down the crackled white glazed surface of this ceramic tray accented with green coated outside in red tame-nuri lacquer adorned with plovers and crashing waves in fine lines of gold maki-e from the Toyoraku tradition. It comes enclosed in an old wooden box. It is 24 cm square, 3 cm tall and in overall excellent condition. The stamp on bottom reads Keiraku and comes from the Toyoraku wakigama (side kiln) established by Keisuke around 1842.
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. The kiln received the name Toyoraku from Tokugawa Naritaka and was designated an official kiln (Goyogama) of the Owari Tokugawa feudal lords (kin to the Shogun) in December of the 13th year of Tenpo (1842); and it is likely that they were given a stipend as well as some restrictions. At the same time, an apprentice of the Toyoraku Kiln by the name of Keisuke opened a secondary kiln nearby creating similar wares, and is considered to be in the Toyoraku lineage. One might infer that the secondary kiln was opened to avoid restrictions placed upon the Toyoraku kiln when it came under feudal control.