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Kawai Kanjiro Koro Incense Burner
Please refer to our stock # 1443 when inquiring.
An open coffer in Gosu Blue and Iron glaze by Kanjiro Kawai enclosed in an old kiri-wood box titled Kanjiro-Saku, Gosu Koro and signed by his wife Tsune. It is 11.6 cm (4-1/2 inches) square, 8.2 cm (3 inches) tall and is in fine condition. A streak of sharp white glaze has dripped into one corner before or during the firing. For similar examples see the Katsukawa collection published in the biblical tome by the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.
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