This Japanese vintage blue on white tea caddy was made by Kato Keizan II about 40-50 years ago and is a rare find. Kato 'Tsukahara' Keizan II is the famous son of Kato Keisan I, see more below. Tsukahara is the given name, and Kato the Master Potter name. It is made in gorgeous Japanese white porcelain. It is hand painted in gorgeous underglaze blue, in the motif of 'sansui'. Sansui is a scenery of mountain and water, a landscape or a seascape, sometimes with a house and a figure, a favorite in Japanese porcelains. This is an above average excellent piece. It is in excellent condition and well cared for, no chips or cracks. It is inscribed on the bottom underglaze with the famous mark of Kato Keizan.
Tea Caddy Category is only Found under Antiques according to the list, this should be under Vintage Collectibles as well! But Not found Should be under Function
SIZE: Height 2 1/2 inch or 6.35 cm, Diameter 2 3/4 inch or 6.98 cm
The Master Potters Kato 'Tsukahara' Keizan I and II
It seems that the lineage may have died with the second Master Potter Keizan, also interpreted Kaizan by some, as we have not been able to find a third as of yet. Following is their history.
Kato Keizan II 1913-1995
He was born as eldest son of Kato Keizan 1st b. 1879-d. 1962. After he graduated from Kyoto industrial school, he has studied the glazing, forming of basic techniques at Kyoto National Pottery Laboratory. From, 1931, he helped his father and studied under 1st Keizan. The same year, he became the member of Shinko Kougeikai which was sponsered by 5th Kiyomizu Rokubei. He also studied under 5th Rokubei. He has been accepted his works at Teiten the Imperial art exhibition and Kyoto Prefecture Exhibition. In 1940, he has received the certificate from Kyoto commerce department as the preserver of technique and was received high reputation. After the war, in 1955, he became Kyoto Ceramic Artist Association member. His works and reputation were established in Kyoto Ceramic world. After his father Keizen 1st passed away in 1963, he has became the second as Kato Keizan II and he moved his kiln to O-Yamazaki. He developed his own technique the recreation of Chinese Sung Seiji by using his fundamental technique learned from his father. As the feature works by Keizan II are Tenryuji Seiji, Tobi Seiji or spotted Seiji, Ivory white porcelain, purple Seiji, the development of those types work. He also left many of other works added by Flower Petal works as well as using dragon design.
KATO KEIZAN I b. 1886-d. 1963 was born in Tajimi, Gufu prefecture, studied under Kiyomizu Rokubei IV, opened a kiln in Gojozaka in Kyoto in 1912, and specialized in Longquan style celadon ceramics. This specialty in Japanese ware is referred to a ‘tenryuji seiji,’ and Keizan's work closely approximated the style of the Chinese Yuan to Ming style ware. Pieces by this top artist are virtually impossible to find in today's market. We have previously be fortunate to have collected and sold one of his celadon kogo.
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