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Important Pottery Koro by Miyanaga (Makuzu) Kozan I

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Important Pottery Koro by Miyanaga (Makuzu) Kozan I
A large and rare Ninsei style pottery Koro by Miyanaga (Makuzu) Kozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the Teishitsu Gigei-In stamp. The pierce work spherical body of stylized clouds is surmounted by a colorful phoenix, its tail feathers falling and wrapping about the body. Oko incense would have been burned in a small pot forming the base, the smoke filtering out thorugh the clouds. A unique and exceptionally rare piece by this defining artist. The piece is 6-1/2 inches (17 cm) diameter, 9-1/2 inches (25 cm) tall and in excellent condition. The name Kozan was granted by Prince Yasui-no-Miya in 1851 in honor of the tea ware produced during the later Edo for the imperial Court by the tenth generation head of the Kyoto pottery family Miyagawa Chozo. The Kozan (Makuzu) kiln as we know it today was established in Yokohama in 1871 by the 11th generation head of the family where he reinvented the family business. He immediately set out on a journey which would propel the Kozan name to International Celebrity status, and send his wares throughout the globe. Pieces produced there were marked Kozan, or Makuzu, the official kilnname, or both. The first son, Hanzan, succeeded as head of the kiln, in 1912, with the father officially retiring to spend more time on his own research and art. Kozan I dies in 1916. The kiln was run by Hanzan through the early Showa era, he officially taking the name Kozan II in 1917, after one year mourning for his fathers passing. Under Hanzan the kiln was commissioned for works to be presented to the Prince of Wales, the 25th wedding anniversary gift for the Taisho emperor and the Showa Emperors coronation gift. The kiln was completely destroyed in the bombing of Yokohama in 1945. For more on this illustrious family see Bridging East and West, Japanese Ceramics from the Kozan Studio by Kathleen Emerson-Dell.

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