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Takeuchi Chiubei (Chubei) [?????] (active 1868-1890s)
Takeuchi Chiubei was one of Japan's most talented artists during the early Meiji era. His porcelain factory was located in Nagoya, Aichi at Shindomachi. His business name was Konaya. According to his 1895 advertisement, Takeuchi patented his shippo metal ware, ishinomaki porcelain, transparent porcelain (most likely Sharkskin glaze), porcelain with elevated figures in gold brocade, and he also made copper shippo and lacquer shippo ware. He is most famous for his totai shippo (cloisonne on porcelain) ware made at the famous Nagoya Shippo Kaisha. He is also famous for his Sharkskin transparent glaze that resembles orange peel or salt glaze. His sharkskin wares are signed with the numbers 2252515 means Meiji Year 22 (1890) - 5th Month - 25th Day - Valid 15 Years (1905) and are dated between 1890-1905. His shippo metal ware are signed with the numbers 2211815 means Meiji Year 22 (1890) - [1st Month (January) 18th Day or 11th Month (November) 8th Day] - Valid for 15 Years (1905) and are dated between 1890-1905. His totai and sharkskin wares are highly collectible and sought after by collectors.
The vase is signed in reverse kanji characters,
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PATENT - 2252515 - TAKEUCHI (CHIUBEI) ZO (MADE)
The numbers (???????) represents the patent dating and validation period, Meiji Year 22 (1890) - 5th Month (May) - 25th Day - Valid for 15 Years (until 1905). dates between 1890 to 1905.
Sharkskin porcelain ware is noted by Joan van Patten in her books on Nippon Porcelain wares. Takeuchi Chiubei was the creator and first Japanese artist to make Sharkskin glazed porcelain ware. A later known maker of sharkskin porcelain ware was Royal Kinjo whose Japan patent number 17705 began on February 26, 1910 filed by the patent holder Yasunosuke Doi.
Takeuchi Chiubei did not extend his patent for sharkskin ware and it is believed that during the early years of the 20thc (1900s) Takeuchi passed away.