This Japanese vintage Kyoto Pottery Ware more often called Kyo-yaki is a very nice set of Kobachi pottery bowls. They were made about 30 years ago by famous Master potter and owner of his kiln, Kaho Keian also written 嘉峰 造 or Kahou-zou in Japanese. The glaze is thick and beautifully done in several shades of blue, and looks much like the ocean around Okinawa. The square bowls have an upward curve to the rims. They sit on tripod legs with glaze dripped around then pulled back so as to allow a flat sit on a surface. Kobachi literally means small bowl and is typically used to serve appetizers in Japanese cuisine. As noted in our other posts, if you need more than five a lot of folks like to mix and match a variety of these small bowls to serve condiments or salads, side dishes, or tapas portions. I believe the holes in the corner were just made as part of the bowls, although there were some questions as to whether this design could also be used to put bamboo handles in- but which we do not think was the intent of these holes. However, they could be used to hang an assortment of different choices of Japanese decorative items from. All of the bowls are inscribed on the bottom center by the potter. They come with the tomobako which is the original box made especially for this set and signed by the potter, which is very important to the future care and value of the set.
The lid is marked as follows: 平安 Heian i.e., Kyoto, 嘉峰 造 Kahou-zou made. This 嘉峰 is 伊藤嘉峰 Itou Kahou of Kyo-yaki 京焼 i.e., the Kiyomizu-yaki by definition. The 嘉峰 造 Kahou-zou made portion is the name of the potter.
They are in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips found, crazing is normal. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antiques dealer's piece.
SIZE: Square of each bowl: 5.3 inches or 13.46 cm, Height 2.9" or 7.36 cm. Pre- packed weight 2200 grams or 4.85 lbs. See pricing for Retail ground.
Kiyomuzu yaki 清水寺 or Kyoto Ware
Kiyomuzu yaki written 清水寺 is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery and the town, more can be found about this on the internet. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills and well known potter’s art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces from the past 10-40 years. Please see our many other items from Kyoto of all ages and from many well know and famous artists.
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period of 794-1185, the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo. now Kyoto, was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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