This Japanese Vintage Inuyama 犬山 Ware porcelain kogo or lidded box of the bamous Tokugawa Shogunate Crest is a rare find, both the vintage Inuyama porcelain as a kogo, and with the historically well known crest of a famous old Samurai family's crest. This fine white porcelain kogo dates to the early 1900's per the dealer in Japan, It is hand enameled in colors and floral design similar to that of Eiraku in red and green. On the top of the kogo is family crest of the very famous old Tokugawa shoguns, the crest representing three hollyhock leaves inside a circle. The bottom is inscribed with the Inuyama mark. While historically a kogo is a box most often used for placing incense in at the tea ceremony, they also make wonderful decorative items or special, small boxes for storing small items in, and make great gifts This is a handmade, hand tooled, and hand painted piece. I watched an episode of Ceramic Treasures just the other day, where a potter was tooling the bottom of a Satsuma vase to such perfection, it looked like it had been made in a mold, It was eye opening. This wonderful kogo is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. Please see more below about the history of Inuyama written 犬山. See more below about Inuyama ware or Inuyama-yaki, a new maker to our store.
The Tokugawa shogunate, also known as the Tokugawa bakufu 徳川幕府 and the Edo bakufu 江戸幕, was the last feudal Japanese military government which existed between 1603 and 1868. The heads of government were the shoguns, and each was a member of the Tokugawa clan. The Tokugawa shogunate ruled from Edo Castle and the years of shogunate became known as the Edo period This time is also called the Tokugawa period or pre-modern (Kinsei (近世), See more of the Tokugawa shogunate on Wiki and other internet sites.
SIZE: Diameter 2.95" or 7.5 cms, Height 1" or 2.95 cms
Inuyama Porcelain 犬山磁器
Inuyama Porcelain more often called Inuyama-yaki or jiki for porcelain, has roots that go back to Okumura Denzaburo. Between 1751 and 1764 they constructed the Imai-gama or Kiln, near Inuyama in Aichi Prefecture. His wares were ash, iron and copper glazes strongly influenced by the Seto- Mino styles, are known as Kanzan-yaki. After the death of his son in 1781, production was ended. It was not until 1810 that Shimaya Sokuro opened the Maruyama-gama in Inuyama. Besides the production of stoneware, the production of porcelain was adopted from Seton in 1826. in 1837, with the support of Lord Naruse, the head of Inuyama han, Inuyama began to flourish with tea ceramics. Porcelain in gosu-ako-e or the famous cobalt blue underglaze with overglaze painting was then made.
Today, three potters in Inuyama- Takeyama Goto Keiji, Ozeki Sakuro IV and his son, make Inuyama yaki in the traditional manner. A light, fine grained clay body with colorless transparent glaze is typical Inuyama yaki. Unkindled stoneware enhanced with brilliant overglaze enamels and adopted from Kyoto yaki in the style of Nin'ami Dohachi is still characteristic, other works combine a floral design in red and green with gold and silver.
Excerpt, please see rest of history of Inuyama at google books or in hard copy of the book Modern Japanese Ceramics Pathways of Innovation and Tradition by Crueger and Ito, page 167.
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