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 Maple & Cherry Blossom Bowl, Dohachi

Antique Japanese Maple & Cherry Blossom Bowl, Dohachi

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1449075

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Iron and over glaze decoration combine to create the perfect picture of the seasons, red maples and blossoming cherries, on this deep bowl signed on bottom by Dohachi. Small holes pierce the sides allowing light through the branches into the basin. Dating from the 19th century, without a box it is difficult to definitively attribute this to a specific generation, but the force of the signature makes it likely to be the work of Ninnami Dohachi (Dohachi II). It is 19 cm (8 inches) diameter, 12.5 cm (5 inches) tall to the rim, and in excellent condition. Signed inside the foot ring Dohachi, it comes enclosed in an old wooden storage box.
The Dohachi Kiln was established in Awataguchi by the retainer of Kameyama fief, Dohachi I (1740-1804) around 1760, and the name Dohachi was brought to the forefront of porcelain by the second generation head of the family who took the name Ninnami Dohachi (1783-1855) and who attained an imperial following. He grew to be one of the most famous potters of the Later Edo period to come from Kyoto. He moved the kiln to the Gojo-zaka area (at the foot of Kiyomizu temple) in 1814 And was well known for research into and perfection of ancient Chinese and Korean forms long held in high esteem in Japan, and at the same time worked to expand the family reputation within tea circles. The eldest son Takahashi Dohachi III (1811-1879) began to use the title Kachutei Dohachi and was granted the title Hokyo by Ninaji-miya of the Imperial family. He retired to his grandfathers kiln in his later years, giving control to his son the fourth generation Dohachi (1845-1897) who also used the title Kachutei. The fifth generation (1869-1914) was adopted into the family and took head of the kiln in 1897 and was one of the top rated potters of his time, heavily influencing following generations including one of his top students, Ito Tozan. The kiln continues today with the 9th generation. The importance of the Dohachi workshop may be determined by the pair of vases held by the V&A (London) purchased in the 1870s under the orders: that they should 'make an historical collection of porcelain and pottery from the earliest period until the present time, to be formed in such a way as to give fully the history of the art.