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Japanese Ceramic Vase by Ito Tozan I Meiji Period

$ 5,000
  • Description
    This stoneware vase of a jar form was finely decorated with low relief carving and delicate colored glazes depicting bundles of peony flowers. It was made by Ito Tozan I (1846-1920) circa 1890-1900s in the late Meiji Period. The color pallet was both bold and subtle, with dark green and rusty leaves with golden outlines and white and light yellow peony petals covering much of the surface. Impressed with potter's mark on the base.
    Examples of two pieces by Ito Tozan I were in the collection of MNAAG (Guimet) Paris. Inventory no. MG 13790 an 13792.
    A vase with similar shape and decoration techniques is featured as Lot 1340 Fine Japanese Art, 13 Sep 2017 Bonhams New York
    Tozan Ito I established his ceramic business in Kyoto 1867. His studio made both porcelain and stoneware in a style some considered Satsuma while they retained a sophistication of Kyoto ware. His work often feature techniques such as carving, slip painting to create a textured decoration on the surface. The line was continued by his adopted son Ito Tozan II and ended at Ito Tozan III in 1970s. Ito Tozan II and III also marked their ware with Tozan but with slight variations.
    Biography of Ito Tozan I:
    "Born in the Awata district of Kyoto, Ito Tozan I began to study painting at the age of 12 under Koizumi Togaku. Togaku and his wife pursued the production of tea bowls and decorated hand-molded earthenware teapots. In 1863, Tozan followed his teacher into the world of ceramics and began studying under Kameya Kyokutei. In addition Tozan I studied the work of such artists as Takahashi Dohachi III, Murata Kisui, Kanzan Denshichi, Obiyama Yohei, Hitomojiya Chubei and Iwakura Kahei. In 1867, he constructed a shop alongside the Shirokawa River close to the Gion District. Tozan I exhibited frequently, winning prizes in Amsterdam (1883), Paris (1889), Chicago (1893), the 4th National Industrial Exposition (1895), Paris (1900), and the 5th National Industrial Exposition (1903). In 1899, he was awarded the Ryokuju Hosho (Green Ribbon Medal), and in 1909, he moved his shop to Sanjo Shirakawa-suji. In 1912, he received the go or art name To-o (the Old Man of Pottery) along with gold and silver seals from Lord Kuninomiya Kuniyoshi. In Taisho 6 or 1917, he was appointed a Teishitsu Gigeiin or an Imperial Artist. In 1919, he assisted in the revival of Omi Zeze pottery, constructing a kiln in the Eastern Yamashina district of Kyoto. This kiln was first fired on July 9th of 1920, and Tozan I passed away three days later at the age of 76.
    Ito Tozan I was a leading figure in the Kyoto ceramics world during the Meiji and Taisho eras. His work is in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Tokyo National Museum."
    From Khalili Collection of Japanese Art
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Notes: press signed on the base
    Origin: United States
    Period: 1900-1919
    Materials: ceramic
    Condition: Good. Fine and Commensurate with age
    Creation Date: end of 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 306958
  • Dimensions
    H. 8.5 in; Diam. 6.5 in;
    H. 21.59 cm; Diam. 16.51 cm;
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