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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Miura Chikusen Tri-colored Koro Incense Burner

Miura Chikusen Tri-colored Koro Incense Burner

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1449064

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A very unusual small Koro based on ancient Tang ware, the soft clay splashed with traditional sansai tri-colored glaze enclosed in the original signed wooden box by the first generation Miura Chikusen. Created from a soft porous clay, it is carved with archaic patterns and features prominent beast head handles the lid capped by a roaring lion. The creature forms the chimney, and his gaping mouth the vent for the smoke. The piece is 13 x 8 x 13 cm (5-1/2 x 3 x 5-1/2 inches) and is in overall excellent condition, one tiny mar inside the rim of the lid (see close up photo).
Miura Chikusen I (1854-1915) made a name for himself as a strict adherent to and supplier of Sencha tea wares in Kyoto; one of the most important artists in the country for that genre. He studied under Takahashi Dohachi from the age of 13, before establishing his own studio in 1883. He was a feature in the literati community of Kyoto and was well known also as a painter, poet and calligraphist. His porcelains were considered of the highest grade throughout the Meiji era, and are still highly collectable today. The kiln continues, currently under the management of the fifth generation.