This Japanese Kyoto Ware potter tea caddy was made by famous potter Shunpo Inoue II, about 50 years ago. This is according to a reputable Japanese antique dealer. It is a wonderfully unique and colorful Japanese Kyo- yaki tea caddy made by important 1st Class Potter Shunpo Inoue. please see more below. This lovely tea caddy is handmade, hand formed piece, or called tebineri in Japanese. The designs are tooled in the clay, and hand painted. Tea caddies are made for placing tea leaves in during the tea ceremony. They also make wonderful decorative canisters for storing just about anything. They came in different sizes for different types of tea. The shape and design and colors of this tea caddy are very unusual. The patterns include Chinese characters some carved in wet clay with a potter tool and some painted on the tea caddy, The character on the top is that for 'Longevity"', a mark is often seen on porcelain, pottery, and other art. The seal of the potter is inscribed on the bottom edge. This is in very good vintage condition, there are no cracks or chips. This is a very special and unusual tea caddy by Shunpo san.
SIZE: Height 3.1" or 8.0 cm , Diameter at widest 2.6" or 6.7 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.
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