A Japanese Kyo-yaki Kyoto pottery kogo is made by Shunpo Inoue II, a descendant potter of a famous Kyoto potter family. A Kyo- yaki kogo is fashioned in the likeness of a small jubako or stacking boxes. A kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony, at the temple, and for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. Designs are carved out in relief with a nice floral border on top, and the well known renben design on the bottom. A simple flower ordains the top or lid. A Gorgeous thick yellow glaze is used to cover the kogo also decorated in purple and green. The potter has signed it on the bottom with the name of Shunpo Inoue kiln. This piece is just about 20 years old and is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.
It is said Kyoto Ware is deep, for it shows the mixture of the diversified ceramic essence. Needless to say, Kyoto Ware is the pride of Japanese tradition. By the end of the Edo era, because of the influence of the Chinese paintings, there were some predominant artists in the Nanga Style Paintings, such as Taiga and Gyokudo who played important roles in the emergence of two tastes in Kyoto and Kiyomizu Ware. One taste is overglaze enamels on potter. The other is porcelain added Chinese features by Eisen.
Size: Diameter 2.92 inches or 7.41 cm, Height 3.04 inches or 7.72 cm
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The Potter Shunpo Inoue II
Shunpo Inoue II whose name means the 'primary' Spring Beak as translated from a Japanese website, was Master of the kiln at the time this article was written in Japan and succeeded her father who passed away in 1965. The name Shunpo Inoue means Spring Beak in Japanese, which is not at all unusual for names. She was born in 1928 and died in 1997. Shunpo Inoue I. her father, was one of the greatest potters of Kyoto ware pottery or Kyo-yaki. Shunpo Inoue II was most famous for her work with tea ceremony pieces. Her father was National Human Treasure Shunpo Inoue I. She, the potter of this piece- was most well known for her work with blue and white porcelain, color picture, and an expert in the Cochin technique.
Again, this is translated from a Japanese site. It further translates to say, 'conceded the Sencha device Duchess of Cornwall, to Michiko Princess. It pays a work in Osaka Expo time capsule upon request.' I believe this means, she presented a Sencha tea bowl or other type wares to the Duchess of Cornwall, and to the Michiko Princess. Further, her works were placed in the Osako Expo time capsule. As I explained to a customer, it is harder to find information about Japanese potters that are not modern potters, because it is mostly found in books although more and more especially the family potter sites are including the histories of their families. It is especially hard to find when one does not read Japanese, but this was found with assistance from someone who does, and wish when I wrote this I had noted that it was Marmie of the modern Japanese pottery marks Blogspot website, a great site and growing more and more everyday.
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