Meiji Bijutsu

Showa Period Kashizara Set by Sanshu Ichiyo

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Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This beautiful set of five kashizara (confectionary plate) 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.

“Kashi”, or “o-kashi” are traditional Japanese confectioneries often served during tea ceremonies, although some western sweets are also sometimes used. They are brought on small plates such as those we are presenting here.

This set is a Ki-seto ware, recognizable by its yellowish glaze. Ki-seto pottery has been made since the 16th century in the Mino province (current Aichi and Gifu prefectures). The set was made by a potter named Sanshu Ichiyo, born Kamiya Koichi (1902-1985), who was a third generation potter especially known for his bonsai pottery. The leaf-shaped plates with sober tones suggest it would particularly be fit to use them during a tea ceremony in the fall.

Please let us know if you have some questions.

Each plate is in great condition. A few minute cracks like the one in picture 9 are visible but they were made during firing and are not considered damages. Only one plate (see picture 6) does not bear the seal of the potter. The set will be shipped in a signed box.
Dimensions: each plate is about 11.6 x 11.2 x 3.2 (height) cm (4.6 x 4.5 x 1.3 in) and weighs about 139 g (4.9 oz)

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