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Large Edo p. Dobin Tea Pot, Kiyomizu Rokubei II

Large Edo p. Dobin Tea Pot, Kiyomizu Rokubei II

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1451532

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A large Dobin earthenware tea pot of dark red clay striated about the rim with a dusting of yellow ochre glaze by Kiyomizu Rokubei II enclosed in the original singed wooden box dating from the later Edo period (1811-1838). Interestingly, it comes in the original signed wooden box bearing impressed in red ink all the stamps of Rokubbei I and II across the bottom. I have never seen this before on any box. The core is roughly 9 inches (23 cm) diameter, and the handle is almost 11 inches (28 cm) high. Despite teh size, it is thinly potted and surprisingly light. There is a small nick to the edge of the inner rim (see las photo for closeup) otherwise is in excellent condition. A large Dobin Tea Pot similar to this but with projecting handle by Rokubei III is held in the Tokyo National Museum (Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan).
Kiyomizu Rokubei II (Koto Shojiro, 1790-1860) was born the son of Rokubei I in 1790 (when Rokubei I was already 52 years old) and studied under his father until his passing in 1799. His training incomplete, from 9 to 20 he worked at various kilns, absorbing many styles before returning to take up the reins in 1811. During his reign Rokubei II greatly expanded the repertoire of the family line. He successfully rode the boom years of the Bunka Bunsei eras, steering the family into a leadership role of the pottery movement in Kyoto. Rokubei II officially retired in 1838, passing the kiln to his second son and taking the name Rokuichi. In 1840, at the bequest of the Feudal Lord (Daimyo) of Echigo (modern day Niigata), he opened the Oyama pottery kiln, which began production in 1843. He is said to have studied porcelain wares later in life and quietly added this genre to the family repertoire which was perfected by the following generation. Work by Rokubei II is held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of art New York, and the Kyoto Hakubutsukan Museum among others.