Japanese vintage Kyo-yaki ornament of a small statue was made by the great Rokubei Kiyomizu 六兵衛清水 the VI about 60 years ago. Kiyomizu is the old name for the city of Kyoto and is now used for the great potter's names of Kyoto, especially those who came from older great families. From a great Kyoto family, it was made by the Sixth Rokubei of 1901-1980.
This is an unusual and most lovely 'decorative' netsuke or small ornament. A dragon lays on a rock, his tail curves up under him. It is handmade by the potter of wonderful clay from Kyoto. It is hand-decorated. in yellow and green then highlighted in gold and covered in clear glaze. It has a great shape or form and wonderful colors.
This small decorative netsuke is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and minimal surface wear, it has been well cared for.
Size: Width 2.1 inches or 5 cm, Length 1.5 inches or 3.8 cm, Heigth 2.1 inches or 6 cm. Weight 2.12 oz, Box 4.76 oz, Total 6.88. 110 grams
The Sixth Rokube Kiyomizu
Person of Cultural Merit, Nitten Member, Japan Art Academy Member
1901-1980 Died at 80 years old. His family is from Kyoto, Japan. He has worked as a potter since prior to 1927.
1927 He was selected for the 8th Imperial Academy's Art Exhibition for the first time.
1931 He won the special prize at the 12th Imperial Academy's Art Exhibition.
1935 He participated in an organization of Soujunsya which is a group of young industrial artists.
He worked hard with industrial artists of the other field.
1937 He acted as permanent director of the Kyoto industrial arts institute which standardized an industrial arts group of Kyoto.
1945 He assumed master's name of the 6th Rokube as a successor.
1946 He established Kiyomizu Touen Co., Ltd. He also studied Chinese old ceramics and Art Nouveau.
1948 He organized the Kyoto Ceramist Club and he brought up rising ceramist.
1976 He was chosen as the Person of Cultural Merit. He was given decoration by the government.