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A porcelain Koro by Mashimizu Zoroku II and decorated with a tiger by Tomita Keisen and enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 12 cm (5 inches) diameter, the same height with a solid silver hoya of woven net weave by signed by Koju.
Mashimizu Zoroku II (1861-1936) inherited the pottery tradition of his father, Zoroku I and grandfather Wake Kitei III in the Gojo zaka district of Kyoto. He was a well regarded member of the city’s literatus, and is remembered for both his pottery and paintings in the Nanga tradition.
Tomita Keisen (1879 - 1936) was born in Fukuoka on the southern Island of Kyushu, and went to Kyoto to study painting under Tsuji Kako as well as the Nanga Style and traditional Buddhist painting styles. He exhibited with the Bunten/Teiten National Exhibitions as well as many others. He developed a hybrid of these which has proven extremely popular, even with contemporary audiences and his work is still highly prized. 24 works by this artist are held in the National Mueums of Modern Art in Tokyo and Kyoto as well as any number of other public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Rijksmuseum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Fukuoka Art Museum, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum and many others.