A Hirado 平戸 Porcelain censer made by the Great descendant 14th Moemon Nakazato b. 1913 d. 1972. Yes it is finally back in the store! It is an incredibly fine piece in a hexagon shape with a different motif on each side in low relief. The stylized art on the side includes bamboo, bonsai, prunus, cherrry blossom, and the wave design, some in low relief. It will be interesting to see if the cherry blossom centers develop the famous Hirado yellow that eyes and such of antique pieces often develop when they are older and unglazed.
Artwork: The top and bottom borders around the censer are called 'kaminari' borrowed from ancient Chinese art. A very fine sukashi or open-work dome style lid adorns the top with a foo dog finial of with great form and expression. The openwork is created by the connection of many circles of porcelain strips. There is a small natural kiln crack as seen in the pictures on the foo dog statue which was generated at the time of burning in the kiln, it is not damaged. As far as we can tell it has never been used and in excellent condition with the exception of below discussion. The famous signature of Moemon Nakazato is inscribed on the bottom. The three dots above it should represent that this was made at the third Hirado kiln. The age is about 50 years old. This is a large censer, please see the measurements. This is a very very fine collectors and decorative item. Even with the repair, it is considered valuable and precious in Japan. Feel free to make an offer.
Condition: First, the censer is not crooked, the photographer is. Since the time it was previously posted, there is a new repair caused by Sharon's clumsiness which Brent did an excellent job on repairing and for the most part cannot be seen. Sharon knocked one of the square handles off with another piece, it was a clean break right up against the body of the censer. It has been glued back on with gorilla glue and is not coming off again- the 'after' picture is the seventh picture and the 'before' picture is the sixth picture from the top. I absolutely cannot even see the repair in person. We have more pictures which will not fit here including two more of the handle. If you are interested in purchasing this we are happy to email you these other pictures of the repaired area. We also posted them to our page on Facebook. The shadow is not hiding anything. It appears there are two dark flea bites on the inside of the rim of the back of the other handle now, no others. This is a gorgeous, fine and rare and very classy 20th century Hirado censer. It is a large one:
SIZE: Height 9 inches or 22.86 cm, Width 7.5 inches or 19.05 cm, Length 6.3 inches or 16 cm. Weight 1710 grams, 3.76 lbs. prepacked
Artist: The 14th Moeman Nakazato 萌え男中里
Tthe 14th Moeman Nakazato was famous in Japan for his revival of Hirado porcelain pieces such as this. He has won many awards and been recognized by the Japanese government and across Japan and other countries for his revival of Hirado porcelain ware such as this made with the secrets of the Hirado porcelain handed down through his family lineage of Hirado potters. While it is now grouped under "Arita" ir is called Mikawachi Hirado as it was before, and there are six kilns in Nagasaki, one of the areas I grew up in. See the LINK on Our Favorites Link to the current Hirado kilns. The craft is now headed by 14 government recognized Master Craftsmen among the 240 employed by the 35 firms maintaining a craft of class.
the Hirado Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon kiln
Today the kiln is headed by the 15th Moemon. 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. Hirado-yaki has been made 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 motifs in relief often said of their pieces as a three-dimensional relief. They are of the highest quality and the most finely decorated Hirado of the 20th century. Some of our previous and current collection of Hirado was made by the Great 14th Moemon Nakazato. Some of our previous and current collection of Hirado was 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 is made by the 15th Moemon Nakazato.
The carving skills of Nakazato Shigerumigiwemon 14th 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 was instrumental in working with the Japanese government to bring Hirado porcelain back to worldwide attention to its finess, beauty, and value. Works of chrysanthemum flowers, is also, contemporary Shigerumigiwemon's true value. Orders take up to three months to fill, and the kiln is filled with orders from abroad, not only in Japan.
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