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Soba-yu Vase by Ito Tozan I

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Soba-yu Vase by Ito Tozan I
A large buckwheat glaze vase in the Chinese style by Ito Tozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 14-1/2 inches (37 cm) tall, 11-1/2 inches (29 cm) diameter and in excellent condition.
Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) began his artistic career studying painting in the Shijo manner under Koizumi Togaku before moving to the plastic arts under a number of teachers, including Takahashi Dohachi. He began using the name Tozan in 1895, and later received a number of prizes from the Imperial family, as well as being internationally acclaimed. It is no surprise he would be chosen to create the dishes from which the Emperor would drink. He was named a member of the prestigious Imperial Art Academy in 1917, three years before his death. He worked very closely with his adopted son, Ito Tozan II (1871-1937).

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