Meiji Bijutsu

Kutani Shuhai by Takekoshi Toshiaki

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 2000: Item # 1186043
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This splendid shuhai (sake cup) is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you at very attractive prices.

The cup was made by a master potter and artist named Takekoshi Toshiaki. It is made in the Kutani style of porcelain, which has more than 300 years of tradition, with the first kiln having been established in the ancient Kaga province (current Ishikawa prefecture) in 1655. The leaders of the wealthy and powerful Maeda clan, which ruled over the Kaga domain during the Edo period (1615-1868), were patrons of the arts and encouraged the production of a high quality porcelain with rich colors and refined motifs.

Takekoshi Toshiaki is a third generation potter born in 1940. His family kiln is named Taishan-gama (Taishan kiln). He is the recipient of several prizes, among which is a first prize at the prestigious Nitten exhibition in 1957.

This particular cup, which depicts a colorful shrimp, is a great example of the skillfulness of the artist who uses the classic Kutani green and red with highlighting silver enamel as a reminder of the noble origin of this exquisite ware.

Please let us know if you have some questions.

The shuhai is in excellent condition. It will be shipped in a wooden box signed by Takekoshi Toshiaki.
Dimensions: 8 x 3 cm (3.2 x 1.2 in); 54 g (1.9 oz)

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