A Japanese contemporary Seto Ware 瀬戸 porcelain mizusashi or cold water container signed by Master Potter Kato Tozan. Kato Gozan owns or owned the Izumi kiln or -gama written 泉窯 located in Izumi city, Seto, Aichi Prefecture. He is very famous in Japan. The mizusashi or uniquely shaped box is a very finely made with a wonderful contemporary design. Mizusashi are made for the tea ceremony, some are used for replenishing the water for tea, others for cleaning the utensils in. If not for a tea ceremony, some may choose to use them in other manners around the home.
Tozan Kato made this Seto-yaki piece about 40-50 years ago. He has inscribed the Mizusashi on the bottom. It comes with the tomobako made especially for this item, and important to the current and future value as well as safekeeping. He has signed the box with his name on the bottom left which says 'Made by Tozan Kato'. On the top right I believe the tomobako says 'mizusashi Seto-yaki'. We have found more information for this famous potter which I suspect has changed some by now due to his age. It is in pristine condition without cracks or chips. It is a large piece, not a small piece, please note the size and weight.
SIZE : Diameter 7.7" or 19.56 cm, Height 5.1" or12.95 cm. Weight 1620 g + Signed box 750 g, Total 2370 grams In pounds: Mizusashi 3.57 lbs, Box 1.75 lbs; total pre- packed weight is 5.25 lbs.
The Potter Kato Tozan 加藤五山 b. 1922-
Master Kato Gozan also translated as Tozan Kato (please correct me if my understanding is wrong) is very famous in Japan. As I understand it his name can be translater to either Gozan or Tozan. He has inscribed the Mizusashi on the bottom, as well as the tomobaku. which is the box made by a wood maker especially for this item. This is very important to the history and value of the piece. We are not sure which Master Kato this falls under, but will find out if we can. The rest of the information came from a trusted dealer in Japan.
Translated, "quote": From generation to generation family who served the pottery consuming as Owari samurai. Father TsuruSen is immersed in the production of porcelain with beside dyed pottery work pottery, Ise Shrine, Meiji Shrine, Atsuta Shrine, a shrine such as Konomiya, Tokugawa Art Museum, to produce works such as Miyake.
1953 US oriental hobby exhibition Gold, design tableware exhibition, winning such as dozens of times the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Aichi Prefecture Exhibition.
45th foreign trip to Somezuke research and ceramic guidance of production and China in 1972 old dyed with traditional craft. To restore production of with the original era dyed than 1976 China National Palace Museum. 1980 China Palace Museum xiangrui vase permanent preservation. 1981 Aichi seen traditional techniques excellent holder certification. 1984 Takashimaya Nihonbashi first solo exhibition. 1985 National Museum of Ireland Japanese Embassy permanent preservation. Showa Friendship Association Beijing Memorial Ryo磁 permanent preservation of 61-year date. 1987 differentiation save nominated Tourushi vase Seto permanent preservation. 1988 Imperial Household event tea bowl 謹作.
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