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Early Japanese Satsuma Taizan Sake Bottle from Meiji Reign

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Japanese Antiques410 of 725A pair of Japanese vasesBRONZE  CENZOR MEIJI JAPANESE 1890 ERA
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    Posted 8 years ago

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    The first generation of Taizan potters worked circa 1673 to 1680. The family specialized in tea utensils, blue glazed pottery, porcelains with celadon glazes and pottery with overglaze enamels. Taizan VII died c. 1875. In 1872 the well-known and important Kyoto manufacturer Taizan VIII started to export of their products together with Kinkozan IV. The company name was Obi-ya. (Tai is another reading of the character Obi.) Takahashi Yohei, Go (art name) Taizan, was the head of the 9th and last generation of the Takahashi family of Awata potters. Under him the family produced mainly if not entirely for the export market, in particular to America where his products were and still are sought after. The Taizan kiln appears to have closed around 1894. However in 1895 and 1901 reports have it that Taizan is still working "on a comparatively small scale". The production seems to have been maintained until 9th Taizan (Yohei) died in 1922. During the end of the Meiji period and into Taisho, Taizan decorated blanks from Kinkozan, Izumo Wakayama, etc. Pieces occurs that has both Kinkozan and Taizan markings where generally the Kinkozan mark is impressed in the piece itself and the Taizan mark is written. In 1922 the 9th Taizan Yohei died which seems to have meant the end to the production.......

    The Kinkozan family of potters were active from 1645 until 1927 after which the factory closed. The background is that approximately around 1875 Kobayashi Sobei (1824-84) (artist name Kinkozan IV) started to export his products together with the Kyoto manufacturer Taizan VIII. The market was in particular America. Their main production period were approximately between 1875-1927 under the leadership of Kinkozan V (1868-1927).

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    1. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      Hey Jim, Thank you so much for this. Absolutely go ahead and use the pictures. One thing that has puzzled me is the script seems to be in black. As I searched i noticed most marks were not done in black, but blue, red, green....Is that unusual to have it in black?

      Also if you need more pics I could send you some. Or just put up some new ones here.......Let me know...And thank you again for all your help......John
    2. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      You are correct on this. I did check Gotheborg earlier and missed this. After checking your Taizan angle, I was able to find more info on the origin.....Thank you very much for this
      Jim are you able to see this as well. Also thank you for your info above. I removed my previous comment on artistic value as it did not come out as I thought it should have.......Any other info you might want to add, I will gladly accept this......Thank you again.....John
    3. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      You were correct on the Meiji aspect.....As I am searching to find something similar in size and shape, I am having a hard time especially with the shape of this. I havent actually been able to find anything quite like this one....... Although my best luck has been in the Meiji Taizan on Google....Its almost like it could have been a decanter of some kind. Is that a possibility? and its missing a stopper?
    4. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      Could I ask you the same question above as well please? Do you know if a decanter was something this could have been?
    5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      very beautiful!!
    6. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      Thank you Sean.......Nice to hear from you.......
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      Your very welcome Truth and nice to see you again :)
    8. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      Thank you for sharing.....It is quite beautiful.....John
    9. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 8 years ago
      Thank you both again and again.....John
    10. Master Master, 6 years ago
      Beautiful piece amazing
    11. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 6 years ago
      Thank you Master...It is out there.... : )
    12. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      could you post this on the collecting Japanese ceramics and art facebook site? there's a woman on the site who is working on a book about Kinkozan. beautiful vase!
    13. Truthisanarrow08 Truthisanarrow08, 5 years ago
      lets have another look......
    14. apostata apostata, 1 year ago
      wow a real one , late deviation in the right mark under quality piece , well done congrats

      best regards waki

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