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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Antique Toyoraku Lacquered Pottery Bowl w/Dragons

Antique Toyoraku Lacquered Pottery Bowl w/Dragons

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1483564

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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A fabulous covered bowl decorated with cobalt dragons and covered almost entirely in intricate lacquer designs from the Toyoraku (also read Horaku) tradition in Nagoya. The dragons swirl in both the foot ring, and center ring of the lid. As if to pair, gold dragons slither about in scalloped green cartouches overlaying the ornate Shippo pattern outside, inside completely lacquered black with a nashiji rim with a floral dial in centor of both bowl and lid. The bowl is 17 cm (6-3/4 inches) diameter and comes enclosed in a period wooden box. It is in outstanding condition, and one of the finest quality pieces I have seen.
The Toyoraku tradition began in the mid 1700s, however it was the fourth generation head of the household (Toyosuke IV 1813~1858) who moved the kiln to Kamimaezu in Nagoya and began applying lacquer and Maki-e to the works. He was succeeded by his son, Toyosuke V (d. 1885) who passed the kiln to his own son Toyosuke VI, (d. 1917), who was highly lauded in his lifetime and made pottery on order of the Meiji emperor, his pieces being selected for international exhibition. However from the later Meiji he concentrated on Raku-ware, and the lacquer tradition mostly disappeared from the family ouvre.