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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Antique Japanese Kitei Yaki Fluted Pottery Bowl w. Crabs

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1900: Item # 1478780
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Crabs clamber through the tangled bamboo leaves decorating the rim of this crushed fluted pottery bowl from the kiln of Wake Kitei (also read Waki) dating from the 19th century. This piece shows a great influence from the southern Island of Kyushu and Korean ware, not only in the literati style depiction of crabs, but in the glaze itself which is very much in the vein of Karatsu and or Gohon ware, as well as in the swirling whirlpool inside the footring. The bowl is 28 x 18 x 12 cm (11 x 7 x 5 inches) and is in overall excellent condition, enclosed in an age darkened and somewhat dilapidated wooden box.
Kitei Yaki was begun in the mid 18th century in the environs of Kyoto by Kameya Kitei, a 3rd generation craftsman specializing in Dobin and Earthenware Braziers (Kama). He adopted the name Kitei. The second (some say 3rd) generation Kitei went to Kyushu to study Imari wares, developing the family line to include sencha and maccha tea ware as well as regular dishware. This is likely from the 4th generation (1826-1902), a potter representing Kyoto ware in the Meiji period. The 4th generation Kitei was born in Kyoto as the eldest son of the 3rd generation Kameya Heikichiro. In 1862, he inherited the family estate and called himself Kameya Heikichi. In the first year of the Meiji era, he took Wake as his surname. In 1873, he became a purveyor to the Kyoto Prefectural Government's industrial sector. After that, he participated in domestic expositions and exhibitions, where he was awarded including the Philadelphia World's Fair in 1876, the Paris World's Fair in 1878, and the Sydney World's Fair in 1879. Work by him is held in the British Museum