Kinkozan Miniature Tea Caddy


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Fine Japanese Kinkozan miniature Natsume (tea caddy) Meiji period. The Caddy of rectangular form with four panelled scenes depicting vast landscapes, foliage, buildings and chickens. The boarders decorated with intricate gilt flowers of scrolling design with matching lid. To the base a four character calligraphy mark black embellished in gold reading Kinkozan Zo.

Lot Notes: The Kinkozan family have been associated with pottery since 1645 and are arguable the most well known in their field. Throughout their time within the industry they went on to become the largest producer of Satsuma ware. They operated officially from the end of the 19th century until 1927 after which the factory closed. By the 1850s Kobayashi Sobei 1824-84 (Kinkozan Sobei/Kinkozan IV), started to export his products together with the Kyoto manufacturer Taizan VIII. Their main production period was between approximately 1875-1927 under the leadership of Kinkozan V (1868-1927) which ran throughout the Meiji period (1866-1912). The factory was mainly known for its two different styles which were given to the same glazed pots, Kyoto or Awata ware amongst other manufactured Satsuma.

Lot Reference: For further information on satsuma wear and its origin please see Google Arts and Culture Kyō Satsuma Wear.

Measurements: 6.4cm High x 3.9cm Wide x 5.2cm Wide diagonally.

Condition: Excellent, very minor gilt wear commonly seen on satsuma pieces due to handling a small line above the chicken appears to be ink, no damage and no restoration.