Japanese vIntage Kutani 九谷 porcelain okimono or statue of a cute dog was handmade by the famous potter Isokichi Asakura about 30 years ago. He is very famous in Japan for his works in porcelain for Kutani-yaki. Please see more below about the artist. This is an auction piece from a very good store n Japan. Okimono 置物 is a Japanese term meaning 'ornament for display or decorative object', and typically displayed in a tokonoma alcove or butsudan, a Buddhist altar in the home.
After the dog was made it was hand decorated in enamels by the potter. The artist then signed it on the bottom with the paint. This okimono is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. It comes with the tomobako or the signed box made especially for this item. It also includes the biography of the artist written in Japanese.
Size: Height 5.5 inches or 14cm, Length 5.7 inches or 14.5 cm, Width 3.7 inches or 9.5 cm.
Weight: Statue 17.64 oz or 500 grams, box 9.17 oz. or 260 g grams.
Master Potter Asakura Isokichi II 朝倉, 1913-1998 .
A 2nd generation of Isokichi Asakura was born in Terai, Ishikawa in 1913He learned the general ceramic techniques after graduation from primary school. In 1928 he studied under Tokuda Yasokichi 1st and Tojiro Kitade. In 1946, learned the Iroe technique from Kitade Tojiro. In the same year he entered a water bowl at the first Nitten Exhibition and won a prize.
In 1996, He received the Order of Cultural Merit from the government. He was member of Japan Art Academy, Adviser of Nitten and President of the Association of Ishikawa Prefectural Arts and Culture. In subsequent years Asakura received a host of major prizes and honors, including: the Hokkoku Shimbun Cultural Award, in 1968; the Prime Minister's Prize at the Nitten Exhibition, in 1977; the Japan Arts Academy Prize, in 1981; the Fourth Order of Merit with the Grand Cordon of the Rising Sun and membership in the Japan Arts Academy (the first Ishikawa-born potter so honored), in 1984; honorary citizenship from the town of Terai, in 1986; designation as a Person of Cultural Merit (the first kutani-yaki potter so honored), in 1992. That same year in 1992 he was also honored for his cultural merits by Kutani ceramics and in 1993 appointed as adviser for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition Nitten Exhibition.
During his time, his style showed he paints freely in modern style not too far from Kutani original colors and like to give space to the motifs of his potteries. His ceramics have fantastic motifs such as yellow butterflies dancing on camellias. In the last part of his life, he had the tendency of not using at all any akae or red paint. He died in April, 1998.
He is succeeded by his son who took the master Potter name of Asakura Isokichi III in 1999. He was born in komatsu city in 1941
The above information was excerpted from two sites and where one can find more information Isokichi Asakura history and style of Kutani ware, including at the Nomi Kutani Ceramics Museum as excerpted along with his picture, and from the Kutani Ceramic Website, where Georges Bouvier tells us that a good example of modern Kutani style can be seen in Terai in the Asakura Isokichi museum where pottery of uncommon shape, size and colors can be found.
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Japanese VIntage Kutani 九谷 Porcelain Okimono or Statue of Cute Dog by Famous Isokichi Asakura