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An exquisite vase by Ito Tozan enclosed in the worn but original signed wooden box which is in-turn enclosed in a protective outer box (Niju Bako). The elegant form is covered in ivory colored glaze and carved in the center to reveal a pattern of Camellia flowers. It is 3-1/2 inches (9 cm) diameter, 12 inches (31.5 cm) tall 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 in the Paris, Chicago and Amsterdam Exhibitions. 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). He too began life as a painter, but his talent was seen by Tozan I, who adopted him and converted him to pottery, where he both succeeded and excelled as a member of one of Kyotos most well known pottery families. The line unfortunately died with the third Tozan in 1970.