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Early Meiji Pottery Bowl - Signed Tosa - Kiyomizu-Yaki

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Early Meiji Pottery  Bowl - Signed Tosa - Kiyomizu-Yaki
A fine Japanese Kyoto Kiyomizu-yake covered bowl by the artist known as Tosa, early Meiji period, circa 1870-1895. Tosa was a potter who lived in Gosjosaka and learned his art from the Rokubei Family. He follows typical Kiyomizu style and his work shows taste and originality. This covered two handled bowl has a lovely design of a willow tree over a body of water and boat on the sides. On the top we find three fishermen hauling in their heavy net - whilst a flock of chidori (sea plovers) circle overhead. The knopf is a dark underglaze blue and the design is a lighter underglaze blue. The inside of the base is unglazed and carries the mark of Tosa inside a pentagonal frame. The bowl measures 6 1/2" in diameter handle to handle - is 4" high and the 5 1/2" diameter not including the handles. We date this piece to approximately 1880-1895 - it is in excellent condition with no chips or restorations.

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