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 antiques dealer. It is a wonderful 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 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 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.
SIZE: Height 3.1" or 8.0 cm , Diameter at widest 2.6" or 6.7 cm
The Potter Shunpo Inoue II
Shunpo Inoue II whose name means the 'primary' Spring Beak as translated from a Japanese website, was Master of the kiln at the time this article was written in Japan and 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. Shunpo Inoue I. her father, was one of the greatest potters of Kyoto ware pottery or Kyo-yaki. 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 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 alhough 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 blogsspot website, a great site and growing more and more everyay.
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