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 19th c. Mizukoshi Yosanbei Ryoro Tea Brazier
Please refer to our stock # TCR8248 when inquiring.
Butterflies drift over autumn flowers on this Ryoro brazier by Mizukoshi Yosanbei enclosed in a period wooden box endorsed later by Iemoto Watanabe Sokei of the Shogetsu Ryu School of Tea preparation. The pale Kyo-yaki glaze has been sprayed with silver (fuki-e style) over which the insects and flora have been depicted in enamel colors. Impressed into the foot ring is the Yosanbei seal. It is 26 cm (10-1/4 inches) tall, 13.5 cm (5-1/4 inches) diameter. It comes with a new removable bisk fired liner in perfect condition. There are minor nicks around the inside lip where the liner rests, but the Ryoro itself is overall in excellent condition.
The box has been annotated by Watanabe Sokei, Iemoto (head) of the Shogetsu-ryu School of Sencha Tea preparation and comes with a note explaining a brief history of the Mizukoshi family pottery hand written and signed by Sokei, in an envelope from the Shogetsu School.
The first generation Mizukoshi Yosanbei (also read Yosanhei) was born the son of a wealthy merchant named Sugiura Ninzo in the Sanjo (central) deistric of Kyoto, but was slated to succeed his mothers household (for lack of heirs presumably) so received his mothers maiden name Mizukoshi. He apprenticed in potteryunder the Raku specialist Okazaki (Jinraku) Bunzan. He was proficient in many styles of popular Tea ware including Nanban, Karatsu and Hagias well as Ninsei and other Kyo-yaki styles. He used a five sided seal with the haracters Yosan inside. It is known that potters including Okeya Isaburo from Kutani came to study under him in 1822, so he must have had considerable influence in the later Edo period. He was succeeded by two generations, however the kiln closed during the chaotic fall of the Bakufu (Shogunate) in the 1860s.
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