This Japanese Kyoto ware porcelain kogo is a multi- tiered incense case by the very important 1st Class Potter Inoue Kōji Shunpo, also called by potter name Heian Shunpo Inoue, please see more about her below. This is a handmade piece by this potter of fine hand work, hand painted in underglaze blue with the traditional designs of bats and clouds on top and around the rim. This type of incense case is called Jyu-kogo in Japanese. The kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony. Kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. This is of vintage age at least 50 years old. The signature of the potter is written on the bottom as can be seen in the first picture. It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips. It does have some age wear on the edges between each piece which is most often area of wear, but very little..
Size: Width 2.2" or 5.7cm. Height 2.2" 5.5 cm, Length 1.7" or 4.3 cm
First Class Potter Inoue Kōji Shunpo II
Shunpo Inoue II is a famous artist in Japan. He was Master of the kiln at the time this very brief article was written in Japan. I have not yet found a website for her on the Japanese web. Shunpo II 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. Her fatherShunpo Inoue I , was one of the greatest potters of Kyoto pottery or Kyo-yaki. He was a National Human Treasure. Shunpo Inoue II was most famous for her work with tea ceremony pieces. Shunpo II was most well known for her work with blue and white porcelain, color pictures, 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 every day.