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Imaizumi Imaemon XII 12 pc. Porcelain Tokkuri Set

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A complete set of 12 Tokkuri sake flasks by Imaizumi Imaemon XII enclosed in the original signed wooden box. Each is uniquely decorated with a delicately rendered image of one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. With a diverse enough crowd, each person could drink from their own sign. Each piece is in perfect condition. They are all identical in height and shape. roughly 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Imaizumi Imaemon XII (1897-1975) was born the second son of the 11th generation Imaemon thus heir to a centuries old tradition. Taking the family name in 1948, he worked tirelessly to promote the family business through the difficult post-war era, reviving the Nabeshima tradition. He would exhibit consistently with the Nihon Dento Kogeiten (National Traditional Crafts Exhibition) from 1955. In 1959 he would be commissioned to create the dinner service for the newly married Prince and Princess (now retired Emperor and Empress). In 1967 he would be awarded the Order of Cultural Merit with purple Ribbon for his lifetime dedication to the research and revival of Iro Nabeshima ware. In 1971 the Imaemon kiln under the 12th generation was designated an important cultural property. The following year he would receive the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors for a civilian in Japan. In 1975 his work was brought to America as a gift to then President Gerald Ford. He was succeeded by his son in 1975, wo would be named a living National Treasure in 1989.