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Detail
artist :MAKUZU, KOHZAN
age :early 20th centuryiShowa periodj
size :Dia 13 x H 18.5 (cm)
size :Dia 5" x W 7 1/4" (inch)
box :Original wooden box w/signature
Makuzu Kohzan was a master potter of the Meiji era, who received countless awards at world expositions between the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. This beautiful ovoid (egg-shape) vase with a raised opening is uniquely Makuzu Kozan. Magnolia is painted with "Sometsuke" (underglaze cobalt) and overglaze blue and purple, beside which a bird is painted in minute detail with enamel. It is an extremely graceful ornamental vase.
There is a signature of Makuzu Kozan in underglaze blue on the bottom.
It comes with the original wooden box with the title of the work and signature personally written by the third generation Kozan, and an also original wooden base. It is in mint condition, with no chips and/or traces of repair.
 
About the artist
The style of Kohzan Makuzu began when its kiln was moved from its original site in Makuzugahara of Kyoto to Yokohama in 1871. Porcelains produced at this kiln came to be praised not only in Japan but across the globe, where they received high acclaim in world expositions such as the Paris Exposition.
The First Generation Kohzan served the Japanese emperor as the imperial curator. Through to the third generation Kohzan, Makuzu ware, as it came to be called worldwide, produced sophisticated artworks of the highest quality. But sadly, in the 1945 air raid over Yokohama during World War II, Makuzu kiln and its glory were completely destroyed. It is now remembered as the "lost kiln".
A part of the works by Kohzan Makuzu was designated as Japan's "important cultural asset", and many others are kept in museums to be admired by zealous collectors.