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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Set five Toyoraku Lacquered Pottery Bowls

Set five Toyoraku Lacquered Pottery Bowls


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1458365

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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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 $650.00 
A set of five red lacquered oribe-style lidded pottery bowls from the Toyoraku tradition (also called Horaku, an alternate reading of the characters) enclosed in the original signed wooden box decorated with crashing waves and soaring plovers in gold maki-e. The box is titled MokkiUtsushi Chidori Suimono hito-kuchi wan (small bowls for one-mouthful decorated with waves and plovers) and is signed Toyosuke. They are just under 9 cm (3-1/2 inches) diameter; small and delicate as the title indicates. One bowl has a repair in colored lacquer to the outside with a silver lightning strike corresponding inside, otherwise they are in overall excellent condition. The box is divided into three compartments holding five bowls and lids in each compartment.
The basic setting in Japanese food is Ichiju-Sansai or one soup, three dishes. So instead of mixing everything on one plate, each part of the meal is given its own dish. Much Japanese food is still served fresh, and so the four seasons are an indispensable factor for the table. Suimono Wan are bowls for clear soup served between parts of the meal to clean the palette.
The Toyoraku tradition began in the mid 1700s, however it was the fourth generation head of the household (Toyosuke IV 1813~1858) who moved the kiln to Kamimaezu in Nagoya and began applying lacquer and Maki-e to the works. He was succeeded by his son, Toyosuke V (d. 1885) who passed the kiln to his own son Toyosuke VI, (d. 1917), who was highly lauded in his lifetime and made pottery on order of the Meiji emperor, his pieces being selected for international exhibition. The family lineage ended in the Taisho period.