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A PAIR OF MAKUZU KOZAN STUDIO CELADON-GLAZED LOTUS...

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A PAIR OF MAKUZU KOZAN STUDIO CELADON-GLAZED LOTUS DISHES Studio of Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916), sealed Makuzu Japan, 20th century Each thickly potted and covered in a rich celadon glaze, the dishes formed by cupped lotus pads borne on coiling stems with lotus buds. The buds glazed brown and pale green, the larger of which modeled as if in the process of opening. The base of each stamped with the seal MAKUZU. LENGTH each 15.1 cm Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear and small dark spots inherent to the firing process. Provenance: The Kura Kyoto. Collection of James and Christine Heusinger, acquired from the above. James and Christine Heusinger started collecting Japanese art in the late 1970s. James and Chirstine worked for a travel agency until James became a prominent carpenter, whose company renovated the office of US Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. His collection began with a modest piece by Seifu Yohei III, and expanded into over 100 pieces. They donated the majority of their pieces to the Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. Makuzu Kozan (1842-1916), also known as Miyagawa Kozan, was a potter who moved his ceramics studio from his hometown of Kyoto to the port city of Yokohama in 1870. His early works copying styles and forms derived from earlier Japanese and Chinese ceramics soon found favor with Western buyers and his business quickly expanded. Kozan’s work was also much admired within Japan and achieved special notoriety after the Meiji Emperor touched one of his vases at the First National Industrial Exhibition in 1877.