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OKUMURA SHOZAN Japanese Kyoto Studio Pottery Bowl

OKUMURA SHOZAN Japanese Kyoto Studio Pottery Bowl

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Earthenware: Pre 1900: Item # 1162691
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Okumura Shozan (1841-1905)

The information below came from Captain Frank Brinkley's book, Japan: It's History Art and Literature (Vol. 8, pg. 228).

Okumura Yasutaro, a potter of Kadowakicho (a branch street of Gojo-zaka), commenced the manufacture of faience in 1864. His art name is Shozan. This keramist's skill in imitating the works of the old masters, especially Ninsei and Kenzan, is very remarkable. A cup made by him used to be exhibited in a museum of antiquities in Tokyo as a genuine production of Nomura Ninsei, and there is no doubt that many of his productions are similarly misjudged in Western collections. Shozan is a true representative of Japanese household industry. Apart from the mechanical operations of grinding and mixing clays, every process of the manufacture is performed by the artist himself within the precincts of his cottage.

Height: 3.5 inches
Width: 6 inches
Age: Meiji (1870 to 1900)
Mark: Impressed Shozan
Condition: There is some staining from use on the inside of the cup. There are NO chips, cracks or repairs.