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A set of five Kyoyaki guinomi by Ito Tozan II

A set of five Kyoyaki guinomi by Ito Tozan II


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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 shippo symbols in green and red enamels and gold, one with a pine tree branch in underglaze pigments, one with a textile pattern of pine leaves and flowers in a mix of underglaze pigments and enamels, one depicting plum blossom in enamels and iron brown and gold, and the final with ko Kutani style decoration of chrysanthemum and bamboo in iron red, green, blue 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. 5.4cm diameter, 3.5cm high. Condition: three cups in fine condition. The Ko Kutani style cup with a small chip to the rim repaired with kintsugi gold lacquer repair. The cup with the pine branch in underglaze pigment has what appears to be a small tiny chip on the rim filled in with some clear material. It seems most likely that this is a flaw from before the firing, that was covered in glaze. Please refer to the photographs.