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Kaneshige Toyo National Treasure Signed Japanese Bizen Tea Ceremony Container

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A beautiful, and somewhat whimsical antique Bizen ware stoneware pottery tea ceremony container (stated on the box) or incense burner by renowned Japanese master potter/artist Kaneshige Toyo (1896-1967) featuring a unique natural, organic forming ash glaze. Kaneshige is universally considered to be the founder of modern Bizen pottery. In 1956, Kaneshige was certified as a Living National Treasure (Important Intangible Cultural Heritage) for his work in Bizen Ware pottery/ceramics. Bizen Ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally from the Bizen province, presently a part of the Okayama prefecture. It is considered one of the Six Ancient Japanese Kilns (along with Echizen ware, Seto ware, Shigaraki ware, Tamba ware, and Tokoname ware). The piece is signed/ sealed on the base with one of Kaneshige's traditional incised marks (fundo weight mark of Toyo). It also comes with a signed box ("Kaneshige pottery") and protective cloth. A rather engaging and scarce work. Would be a fantastic addition to any Japanese/Asian pottery or Bizen Ware collection or eye-catching stand-alone work in about any setting. Kaneshige's work can be found in numerous prominent collections and museums including: Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Seto, Japan Brooklyn Museum, NY Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan Honolulu Art Museum, HI Ibaraki Ceramic Art Museum, Kasama, Japan Indiana Art Museum, Bloomington, IN Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa, Japan Kano Museum, Aki, Japan Menard Art Museum, Komaki, Japan Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan National Treasures Museum, Yugawara, Japan Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT The work comes with a wood storage box. Storage box dimensions: 2.75" high, 4.75" wide. 3" deep Incense burner dimensions: 2" high, 4" wide, 1.5" deep.
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 2.75 in (6.99 cm)Width: 4.75 in (12.07 cm)Depth: 3 in (7.62 cm)
  • Style:
    Showa (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Stoneware,Fired,Glazed,Hand-Crafted
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition:
    In very good vintage condition with no discernable flaws, cracks, chips, etc... the box may have light wear consistent with age and use (please see photos). Wonderful overall.
  • Seller Location:
    Studio City, CA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU2254334531022
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