A blue and white porcelain Sencha Teapot decorated with a landscape accented with gold, the lid with a finial in the shape of a fresh sprout of bamboo. It is signed within the lid Makuzu Chozo. It is roughly 4 inches (10 cm) diameter and in excellent condition, enclosed in a period wooden box which appears to be signed by the artist.
Makuzu Chozo (1796-1851) was born into the 10th generation of the Raku pottery family of Miyagawa Chohei and learned his craft from Aoki Mokubei. Still under his tutelage he opened a kiln in Makuzugahara, Kyoto, where his fourth son, Miyagawa Toranosuke (Makkuzu Kozan) would be born. During Mokubei’s time he worked with sometsuke, sansei Aka-e and other porcelain wares, however following his passing he switched to traditional Kyoto style following Nonomura Ninsei. From 1851 he took the name Kosai.
The importance of Sencha in the late Edo and Meiji periods cannot be overlooked, and has been studied in depth in the book Tea of the Sages, the Art of Sencha by Patricia Jane Graham.