Very Attractive Japanese Tanba Yaki Jar by 1st Ichino Shinsui

Very Attractive Japanese Tanba Yaki Jar by 1st Ichino Shinsui

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The size of Vase: 7 7/8" Dia x 10 1/4" High. This is very lovely Japanese Tanba Yaki vase done by 1 st Ichino Shinsuil. The vase is done in store ware type body with dark brown or black glazing as Tanba Yaki (ware) appears. It has hexagonal shape vase. It came with Tomobako as well as Tomonuno(matching cloth). The side of Tomobako has Japanese writing, "Tanba, Sansho Tsubo, Shinsui " (Tanba Sansho Jar by Shinsui). With artist signature and his chop seal. Cloth has Shinsui's chop seal on it. Sansho is Japanese spice, so it was used for storing Sansho in Jar. The condition of Vase is excellent, np chip, no crack and no hairline. There is the inscription signature of Shinsui on the bottom of vase, as photo No. 9 showing. Also leaflet of Ichino Shinsui profile came together. Main outline of his works are listed in there. Also it came with original tag by Takashimaya Department store in Osaka. It is very attractive Tanba Yaki Jar from 1986. The price of vase was 25 Man Yen (Equivalant to $2,400.00, today's price) in 1986

Ichino Shinsui(1932-1997).
He was born in Tachikui, at Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture as second son of Ichino Tansen. In 1955, his work was accepted at Nitten first time. Next three years, his works were accepted by Nittten. In this year, he opened his owl kiln in Tachikui. From this year he has started to create Tea ceremony relating items. In 1969 his work was received the invitational entry to Hyogo prefecture Art Festival. He traveled to Korea and China for studying. In 1974, his large vase was traveled to China by exchanged program. In 1975, he work was received into Japanese Traditional Art and Crafts Show. In 1976 and 77, he had a one man show in Takashimaya Department store, Kyoto and Osaka. In 1982, his work was presented to Prince Takamatsu. In 1983, he had one man show at Kyoto Takashimaya for the works entered at Japan Traditional Art and Craft Exhibition. He had more one man show at various Department stores.

Tanbayaki has been produced in the village of Tachikui, Hyogo pref. for over 800 years. Although counted as one of the ancient six potteries in Japan with Seto, Tokoname, Shigaraki, Bizen and Echizen, Tanba has certain characteristics which set it apart from its peers. A comparison of pieces from the Momoyama period (Late 16th century) shows Tanbayaki to have a lighter, more refined feel, attributed in part to the fact that the natural glaze has a greenish tinge. These pieces, then fired in "Ana-gama" (cave kilns) are now refered to as "Old" Tanba. Various developments over time also contributed to Tanbayaki's uniqueness. Late in the Momoyama period a new method of firing was introduced, using a kiln built on a slope ("Nobori-gama"). In the early Edo period, the area produced a diverse array of pottery, ranging from pepper pots for the feudal lords to tea ceremony ware under the guidance of Enshu Kobori. During the latter part of the Edo period the local clay was refined and new techniques were introduced, resulting in the creation of finer, more sophisticated pieces. It was during this time that deep-red glazed ware known as "Akadobe-yu" and pieces made of white clay ("Shiro Tanba") came into being. Despite the high quality of its ware, Tanba was at this time still essentially a regional kiln, producing mainly for local use. The emergence of the Japan Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century enhanced the popularity of these rustically appealing pieces and helped Tanbayaki to achieve the nationwide recognition it enjoys today. The appeal of Tanbayaki lies in the beauty of its natural glaze which reflects the surroundings in which it is made, and the refinement of form, born through years of experience and experimentation. The use of various names to describe this simple, yet tasteful pottery may cause some confusion, being alternatively referred to as Tanba or Tanba-Tachikui yaki.(The English spelling can also be rendered as Tamba). To counter this, there has been a recent trend to label all pieces produced in the area under the blanket term "TANBAYAKI".