Japanese Kutani Porcelain censer or Incense Burner by Shisokichi Toho was made about 40 years ago. The style of his art interpreted in Kutani ware very different, the color combination of black and gold beautiful. On fine white Kutani porcelain a tall leg tripod censer is painted and glaze in black with gold designs and a gold foo dog as a finial. If I am not mistaken the gold motif is the decoration of a samurai helmet. The lid is carved out in long teardrop style for the smoke. censer or incense burner make lovely decorative items as they do incense burners. The artist Toho exhibited in the famous Japanese art exhibitions, Nitten Exhibition in 1967 and 1968, just to mention one out of numerous awards. The number of lines in his Kutani blog for awards he won, ceramic leaderships, and showings is over a page long, so not able to be posted here, but we do have the link the seller from Japan gave us. If you are the buyer of this item, we will be happy to share it with you. I thought I had seen the mark on our favorite Kutani site called 'The Kutani Ceramic Website', am still looking, have seen it somewhere... This late 20th century censer is in excellent vintage condition without cracks, chips, or significant wear, please see the pictures. Pricing always based on our costs, although we are always willing to entertain offers.
SIZE: Height 5.7" or 14.5 cm, Diameter 4.92" or 12.5 cm. Weight with box 803 grams or 1.77 lbs.
Kutani-yaki 九谷焼き-of Ishikawa Prefecture
Kutani ware was originally produced around 1655 when the Maeda clan wanted to compete with Kyoto's thriving ceramics trade. Kutani village local-man, Saijiro Goto, was sent to learn and bring the technique of Arita ware back to Ishikawa prefecture. In this year, the first Kutani kiln was established in the village of Kutani, meaning nine valleys. The history of Kutani ware is rich and complex. Prized styles, such as those described below, have been established over the last 350 years.
Archeological evidence as well as many family histories, show that Kutani is an important local industry and a craft with demand abroad. Carefully preserved pieces of this unique art are displayed in Oriental art museums in Europe and America. As each piece moves through the production process from the clay quarry to the final firing, life is put into the piece. Firm hands magically change clay into beautiful and functional art.
There is so much information on the internet about Kutani, please check it! There are several links in our 'Favorites' Links on our home page including one to 'The Kutani Ceramic Website' by Georges Bouvier with complete history on Kutani including styles, kilns and artists.
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