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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Antique Japanese Porcelain Plates, Genroku & Chokunyu

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1910: Item # 1455465

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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Two small porcelain dishes designed by Tanomura Chokunyu and created by Tominaga Genroku dating from the Meiji period. The landscape is signed Chokunyu in the blank of the lake, while underneath in a square cartouche is the mark of Genroku. Typically called Memezara in Japan, they are 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, perfect for zensai hors-d'œuvre or small treats to accompany a meal.
Tominaga Genroku (1859-1920) did much to promote the porcelains of Saga prefecture, not only from his own kiln, but as a member of the Saga government.
Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907) was born in Oita (the Oka Feif) and studied initially under Okamoto Baisetsu before moving to paint under the famous literatus Tanomura Chikuden (1777-1835), who adopted him as a son and had a very strong influence on the young artist. Upon Chikudens death he also studied briefly under Oshio Chusai (1792-1837) then finally ventured out on his own upon that teachers passing. He was a strong proponent of the Literati and Sencha movements, and decorated many items for use in that realm. He moved to Kyoto, where he helped found the Kyoto Municipal School of painting and eventually withdrew from the world, becoming an Obaku Zen Monk in 1902.