Ito Tozan II (1871-1937), a set of five guinomi.
A set of five stoneware guinomi (sake cups), each with different decoration, by Ito Tozan II. One decorated with autumn grasses in green enamel and gold, one with silver bamboo against brushed cobalt blue, one with plum blossom in iron brown, iron red and gold, one with iron and blue decoration of flowers, and the last in ko Kutani style of peonies and bamboo in iron red, green and purple enamels. Ito Tozan II was adopted by Tozan I, who was the last of only five potters to be appointed as Teishitsu Gigeiin (Imperial Household Artist) in 1917, three years before his death. Tozan II died in 1937, only 17 years after taking over the lineage. This short production means that his works are rare to find. Original tomobako. Mark: impressed round two character “Tozan” mark to the base of each sake cup. Origin: Kyoto, Japan. Period: Meiji Period (1868–1912), circa 1900s. Size: each approx. 5.6cm diameter, 3cm high. Condition: fine.