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
The Potter 1st Class Potter Inoue Kōji Shunpo II
Shunpo Inoue II was a famous potter and a descendant potter from a famous family of Kyoto ware potters. Shunpo Inoue II was the 'primary Spring Beak' as translated from a Japanese website. 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 Kyo ware. 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 good at Cochin technique'. 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 ware 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 very hard to find information about Japanese potters that are not modern potters, because it is mostly found in books. It is especially hard to find when one does not read Japanese, but this was found with assistance from someone who does, and probably the most we will find online!
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