This Japanese Kikko- yaki 吉向焼 porcelain covered box was handmade and decorated by the artist Kikko-Shogetsu- please see more below. Kikko-yaki is a style, and is made at the kiln Yoshimukai Shōgetsu. Having been around about 200 years, this one was made about 30-40 years ago. It is a gorgeous and high-quality piece of ivory and coral colored porcelain delicately hand- decorated with much detail in thick overglaze enamels of two red-crested cranes tied up with a big bow around it. The red-crested crane is an important symbol to Japan, a symbol of peace. On the box, this is written as '双鶴' or 'Huta-zuru', a 'pair of Tsuru. or red-crested cranes'. This is a high-quality Japanese porcelain dish with 200 years of artistic history and making. Please see a little more information below.
This gorgeous box comes with the signed tomobako, a box made especially for the item and important for the future care, storage and value of the Japanese pieces. On the box, it is written ひさご食籠 and the round box is also called a 'shokukago'. Shokukago means a 'food basket or in the shape of food basket'. according to Yoshio Kusaba- san. The other part of that writing means 'Hisago', which indicates the crane are a pair of guards! The Japanese language is very complicated.
It is in excellent vintage condition, no cracks or chips, some minor crazing with no significant surface wear is seen. This piece reminds me of Satsuma ware, although their pottery and porcelain are unique styles. Because of the tomobako, it will require a large box for extra protection. While it is most likely made as a tea ceremony item as much of the Japanese porcelain and pottery is, it would make a very fine box for just about any decorative use and is a fine collector's item with great history!
SIZE : Diameter 7.7 inches or 19.55 cm, Height 4.1 inches or 10.41 cm. Weight bowl 1280 g box 660 in grams, Total 1940 or 4.28 lbs.
History of Kikko-yaki 亀甲 焼きof Yoshimukai Shōgetsu- kama 吉向松月窯
Kikko-yaki has been a type of ceramic works of Osaka, Japan for about 200 years. Kikko-yaki isa type of porcelain, and these potters have made it over these years. Currently, the ninth Yoshimukai Shogetsu- is making it, as I understand from one of their links. There are currently three potters who are artists at the kiln, representing the 7th, 8th and 9th artists: Yoshimukai Shigeru Hitoshi VII, Yoshimukai Shogetsu Hitoshi VIII, and Yoshimukai Shogetsu-Takashizo IX. Based on the age, this box was most likely made by either Yoshimukai Shogetsu Hitoshi VIII, and Yoshimukai Shogetsu-Takashizo IX. We do not yet understand it but will update when we do!
The oldest history about the wares of Kikko-Shogetsu found so far is from the kiln site which is in all Japanese, and we can only translate to English so far. Other resources included the blog 'modernjapanesepotterymarks', and links to the site for the city of Osaka, a city not known as much for ceramics as others, so a rare kiln to be found there! They were once in the famous Kamitsu Jinja Shrine of Osaka, previous to that first in Kyoto, and now found in the kiln in Kisaichi in Katano City. We have a little more history of the shrine and a page from the kiln site that needs some interpretive work I may not can complete totally as it is not in English, but can supply the buyer with the appropriate links for their history! The mark on the bottom as one can see may prove more challenging, most likely reading Kikko-Shogetsu, a shared Master potter name.
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