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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Edo p. Ryoro Brazier for Sencha Tea by Kiyomizu Shichibei


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A Sencha Tea brazier called a Ryoro made by Kiyomizu Shichibei of raw dark clay made to contain a burning ember and support a small tea pot. It is 14.5 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall, 10.5 cm (4-1/4 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. Finding such raw pots in good condition is rare, as quite often the heat from the burning coal weakens the clay, and I was very happy to find an example by this rare artist.
Kiyomizu Shichibei I was born in Kyoto the first son of Kiyomizu Rokubei II (Koto Shojiro, 1790-1860). However, he handed over the family name to his younger brother, in 1839 established his own kiln in Kyoto taing the name Shichibei. In 1843 his father was requested by the Daimyo (warlord) of Nagaoka in Echigo (the 10th head of the Makino clan) to open a kiln which would be called Oyama-yaki (not to be confused with the Oyama-Yaki produced in the Shimane area under Rakuzan), and the following year Shichibei went to help assist in the establishment of the kiln and training of the potters. Hi swork is a blend between that of his faterhs and shows the influence of Aoi Mokubei and Ninnami Dohachi, with bold designs in blue and white porcelains being one of his specialties. The second generation Shichibei (1845-1918) continued the tradition, and was exhibited at the National Naikoku Hakurankai Industrial Exhibition and at the Paris World Exposition in 1878. Both generations were very strong in the Sencha Tea world and their works are in high demand.