This is a vintage Arita Mikawachi Hirado 平戸 white porcelain censer, made by the kiln of Moemon Nakazato about 30 years ago. Hirado porcelains are characterized by their pure white body and clear glaze, often with fine painting in underglaze blue. Some pieces are embellished with brown glaze. Others, more rarely, are covered with a fine celadon glaze. While Japanese scholars often technically refer to this material as Mikawachi ware, the popular term in both Japan and the West is Hirado ware. A censer is an incense burner, but also make wonderful decorative or collector items- especially these pieces. They make very nice decorative items around the house or as a small box for other small items. By a very skilled potter's hands or his apprentice, using tools he clay is carved before it is fired. Hirado is till made the old fashioned way, It stiil have openings for the incense to escape, flowers which appear to be chrysanthemums around the top, sitting on modern style tripod legs with two square handles, a foo dog is molded on the top. It is an excellent piece of work. The signature of the potter (hard to see) is on the bottom with the mark of the third kiln (the three dots). There is a repair to one of the square handles but barely noticeable, or for those to whom it does not matter and at these great price it is a wonderful piece to own. Otherwise, there are no cracks or chips and this piece is in excellent vintage condition. Please see more information below, and the link to this kiln's home page in our Favorites Links. We believe this is the work of the 15th Moemon Nakazato, while I am searching for more information about him, the history of the 14th is below, as he is known for his revival of Hirado ware.
SIZE: Height 5.3" or 13.46 cm, Width 3.8" or 9.65 cm, Length 3.1" or 7.87 cm
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The 15th Moemon Nakazato and the Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon kiln
The Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon kiln was the third original Hirado kiln as can be seen represented by the three dots in the artist signature on their pieces. Nakazato Shigeru the has been making 平戸焼き Hirado-yaki at the Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon kiln for Fifteen generations of famous Hirado potters have worked at the most famous Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon. Their white porcelain are the highest quality works today made as grand censers and okimono decorated in elaborate dragons and chrysanthemums and other motif in relief, often said of their pieces as three-dimensional relief. They are among the highly quality and the most finely decorated Hirado of the 20th century. Some of our previous and current collection of Hirado were made by the Great 14th Moemon Nakazato 萌え男中里 born in 1913 and deceased 1972, his given name Shigeru Nakazato 中里茂, and some are collection are made by the 15th Moemon Nakazato.
Many other Hirado kilns can be found in Mikawachi, Nagaski and other outlying areas. Of interest many of the Masters of these kilns are either direct descendants of took the name of one of the first founders of Hirado, the very first Moemon Nakazato from 400 years ago, the older history which we are not sharing here. These other artists and kilns include: Master Potter Toshitala Satomi at the Hiradokakushou Kiln in Nagasaki, the Hirado KoSachidan Migyemonkama or Kiln , Hirado ware at the Kotobanku - Kotobank kiln, Artists Nakazato Tsukido and Tsutomu Sakusueten of the Hirado Matsuyama kiln, Master Tsukido Tsutomu of the Hirado Shouzan kiln, another Nakazato Moemon AND Hirado Kohsyo Danemon Kiln and the Nakazato Moemon at the Hirado Kohsyo Danemon Kiln, the family head Yashiro Nakazato at the Hirado KoSachidan Migiwemon kiln, and more. The difference in these kilns as compared to the of the the Moemon Nakazato at Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon kiln is the type of Hirado they produce, for the most part the others are involved in different styles of tea ceremony and table ware with some decorative ware as compared to the magnificent 4-foot-tall and larger censers. Today, the craft is headed by 14 government recognized Master Craftsmen among the 240 employed by the 35 firms maintaining a craft of class.
The rest of this is taken directly from the kiln’s website. It is The following is translated and only partially re-written for the English language rules.
Fifteenth generation Nakazato Moemon Shigerumigiwemon
Teruyuki Tsujita now Moemon the 15th was born in in 1943 Saga Prefecture Arita born. Now family head of the renowned Shigerumigiwemon-kama as Soke of Hirado ware, he was born as the second son of the first fourteen generations Nakazato . Since he was 12 years old, he has watched the white porcelain-making by watching someone's example, it was excellent sensibility. After graduating from junior high school, he studied with the father predecessor, proceed in earnest pottery road. Including the basket eyes fretwork and chrysanthemum work, inherit the work of Shigerumigiwemon kiln is the transmission of a secret from father to a son. Since then, devotion to pottery devoted as a potter. Not look for, such as exhibitors to the public exhibition, lovers of evaluation increases as the ‘work of the phantom.’ Shumei from 1972 predecessor, the fifteenth generation Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon. He donated works to the Meiji Shrine in 1991. The honor of his work to be conceded 1995, by Prince Akishino Hi Noriko Highness. He donated the work to the Meiji Shrine in 1995 on behalf to the 1999 Japan ceramic art & Fine works to the South Gyeongsang Province Museum in Korea, the home of the white porcelain. His work ‘Basket Eyes Watermark Child Incense burner’ is a permanent exhibition in the French National Louvre oriental department. His works were names to the Hall of Fame in 2001 beauty ‘Guimet Museum of Art’. As a result, he gained international fame as the ‘best of the Hirado Masters’ and for his work with white porcelain both in name and reality Japan. In 2008 his contribution of many years to the ceramic art world is recognized, when he won the ‘Saga of Arts and Culture Award’.
The carving skills of Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon 15th and his work with white porcelain has attracted reviews as ‘no person is comparable to the world’. Yes, carving does occur on porcelain with special tools before it is fired in the kiln. This came about the same time as the fears of whether the Hirado traditions were becoming extinct and what its place was in contemporary works. He continues to enhance the further scarcity and its value. Works of chrysanthemum flowers, is also, contemporary Shigerumigiwemon's true value. Because the cost of producing such works is so high, there is concerns about whether someone will follow him to take his place in the high quality works he produces. Orders take up to three months to fill, and the kiln is filled with orders from abroad, not only in Japan. See the store section for just some of his very fine works as I realize how little we sold our ‘bigger’ pieces for and many which are in the three figures in price.
It is said that his talents and skills were supernaturally transmitted as a secret from father to a son works are molded from a selection of pottery stone, crafted, unglazed, 釉掛only, this grilled, and the entire process is Mr. Shigerumigiwemon have worked alone. In this work spent the time and effort of the more mind-boggling, tricks of Hirado ware of transmission of a secret from father to a son has alive to detail. Of the workmanship can be seen well, of Phoenix to be Maiagaro to now ‘three-dimensional relief.’ Pot and enables dense modeling by engraving the Phoenix separately. And while carefully exquisite arrangement until one by one of the tail feathers, I Yuku embedded in the body of the pot. In addition, the ‘basket eyes Toru carving’ of Korofuta is an advanced technique. Real flowers, such as ‘flowers crafted’ is also, contemporary Shigerumigiwemon's true value. Then, in order to produce a pure white to transparent porcelain, baked at once at a high temperature of 1,300 degrees Kube firewood. Put the reduction at the time of firing in the calculation, it must be shaped to cover and the body is an exact match. In the Paris Expo during the Meiji era, and in the British Museum Hirado was praised as ‘the most brilliant pottery in the world’. Now the white porcelain best of the 15 generations Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon's work is a master craftsman will be exhibited in the Louvre Museum.
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