Bizen Hanaire by Kimura Ichiyo
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1980: Item # 1191531
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This remarkable hanaire (vase) is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you.
This particular hanaire was made by a master potter named Kimura Ichiyo (1912-1989). The Kimura family of potters is one of the oldest in Bizen. They have been making potteries since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). In 1947 Kimura Ichiyo established Ichiyo-kama (Ichiyo kiln) which is now managed by his son Kimura Kozo, born in 1941. There is also an Ichiyo kiln in the town of Kurashiki (Okayama prefecture). It was established by Ichiyo's third son, Kimura Hirohisa, in 1983.
The hanaire is in excellent condition. It is a beautiful example of the rustic beauty of Bizen ware. The vase stands tall and strong, and the centuries-old tradition does not hinder its inherent dynamism.
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The vase bears the signature of Ichiyo and will be shipped in a signed box.
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