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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Five Antique Porcelain Sencha Tea Cups Dohachi & Tessai

Five Antique Porcelain Sencha Tea Cups Dohachi & Tessai


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1452869

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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A Gasaku joint effort by Kyoto porcelain master Takahashi Dohachi V and Scholar artist Tomioka Tessai (1837-1924) dating from the late Meiji to Taisho period enclosed in a period wooden box. Enigmatic Characters among scholarly figures in cobalt strike firmly from the smooth alabaster surface. Each cup is 5.5 cm (2 inches) and in perfect condition but for onewhich has a slight nick in the rim. The poems dashed out on the bowls are followed by the signature Tessai Gai-shi, and each is signed inside the foot ring Dohachi. Takahashi Dohachi was one in the line of great porcelain masters of Kyoto. The family began potting in the 18th century, and was brought to the forefront of porcelain by the second generation head of the family. From then it was known as one of the top three families in Kyoto for porcelain production. The fifth generation took control of the kiln in 1897. Tomioka Tessai was a scholar artist trained from age seven in the traditional Confucian manner. After the death of his father he was apprenticed to a Shinto shrine, and later moved to work under Otagaki Rengetsu, from whom he was heavily influenced. He held a number of important positions, culminating in being appointed the official painter of the Emperor and a member of the Imperial Art Academy; the highest honor in Japanese Art circles. He was known to have worked with Dohachi in porcelains, as well as Eiraku Zengoro, Suwa Sozan and Kiyomizu Rokubei.