Small koro incense burner in the shape of an abstracted, squatting quail with its beak open to let out the smoke of the incense. Greenish brown patinated bronze. Signature engraved in bottom: Kibun tsukuru. Japan, Taisho era, 1920s.
H ca. 3.25 in.; W 2.75 in.
Comes with original wooden storage box. Cover inscribed outside: Bronze made, quail incense burner, with red (faded) seal. Cover inside signed: Kibundo Shohei tsukuru and red artist’s seal (Shohei no in).
This work is by the second or third generation Hatano Shohei. The first Shohei (1812 or 1813-1892) founded the workshop Kibundo, located in Biwa. The studio remained active in producing fine quality iron tea kettles and bronze objects for the tea ceremony (vases, incense boxes, incense burners, kama etc) until the middle of the Showa era (ca. mid 1950s).