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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Rare Edo Porcelain Work by Mizukoshi Yosobei


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1900: Item # 1449129

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A tiny cup and saucer, for sake or for coffee? a rare find from Kyoto artist Mizukoshi Yosobei enclosed in a rather mysterious old wooden box. The dish is 9.5 cm (just less than 4 inches) diameter and both cup and saucer are in excellent condition, signed on the bottom of the dish Yozo. In this case, trying to discern the writing on the box has proven difficult, but in fact the box appears to belong to famed artist Kato Keizan I (1886-1963) and post-dates the piece by many years.
Mizukoshi Yosobei (also Yozobei, Yosanpei, died 1845) was a potter in Kyoto in the late Edo period. His father, Sugiura Nizo, was a wealthy merchant in Kyoto, but Yosobei succeeded his mother's house and was thus given Mizukoshi as his surname. He studied pottery methods under Bunzan in Okazaki, where he learned not only Kyoto wares but also Nanban, Karatsu and Hagi ware. It is noted in the book Kutani Tojishi (Kutani Ceramic History) that Okeya Isaburo, a potter in Kaga (Ishikawa Prefecture), learned pottery from Yosobei in 1822. The family line continued for three generations but it is said that the kiln closed during the political unrest at the end of the Edo period around 1860. A tea pot decorated with Karako (Chinese Children) is held in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum. A Shonzui cup similar to this is held in the Kyoto National Museum, a gift of famed artist and member of the Imperial Art Academy (Teishitsu Gigeiin) Ito Tozan, showing that very important people collected his work.