A Japanese Vintage Oribe War Pottery kogo or box is made by Famous Master Potter Ichikawa Chikusen いちかわちくせん or 市川竹川 . His given name is Kenji. Oribe ware is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. This unusual kogo is handmade and hand painted with great soul, in the manner of traditional Oribe pottery and painted in lovely colours of greens and brown. This style of the kogo is called a Hajiki. A kogo is a small Japanese box most often used to hold rolled incense balls in the traditional tea ceremony and other places of the tea ceremony. Kogo make wonderful decorative objects for the home and to hold other small items in. Potter Ishikawa Chikusen is most known for his work with Oribe and Master Potter at the Kirin Kiln in Seto, in the Aichi prefecture of Japan. This information came from the trusted seller in Japan and has been confirmed by some specialists as well. Chikusen has inscribed the kogo on the bottom, as well as the mark for his kiln. It is in very good condition and we do not know the age. It is a great piece by a great potter. Recently saw a piece similar by a first class potter and you can tell the difference in age we had was information that came from I do not know where, this may be an antique for all we know at this point. In the original sellers information, there is no mention of age. Quoted From the original seller: 'Potter: Ichikawa Chikusen name also Kenji ,of the Kirin kiln in Seto, Aichi pre, Japan. The renown 'Chikusen' mark is on the bottom of the incense case'.
SIZE: Height 2" or 5 cm, Diameter 2.2" or 5.5 cm
About Oribe-ware or Oribe-yaki 織部焼
Oribe ware (織部焼 Oribe-yaki) is a type of Japanese pottery most identifiable for its use of green copper glaze and bold painted design. It was the first use of colored stoneware glaze by Japanese potters. It is one of the Mino styles originating in the late 16th century. It takes its name from tea master Furuta Oribe (1544–1615). Oribe is a style of pottery with much variation. There is a great variety in the type of ware as well as the surface treatment. Like many types of Japanese pottery, bowls and dishes are common. Oribe wares also include lidded jars and handled food containers. The clay body typically has a low-iron content and is formed by hand, on a potter's wheel, or by drape molding. The surface is painted and decorated with lively surface designs, which may be based on nature, geometric patterns, or a combination of the two. White slip and clear glaze are also used. For the brilliant green color, wares are fired using oxidation at 1220 degrees Celsius. If these conditions are not met, the glaze may be brown or red.
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