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Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743)
Kenzan style
Handled kachibachi, fruitbowl - Rakan
Signed: Kenzan
Technique: cream Kyôyaki with both coloured over-and underglaze painting 21.2 x 17.4 x 7.4
Box: authorised by Yasuda Yukihiko (1884-1978)
Condition: Wicker handle broken on one side, otherwise fine

Kenzan, the younger brother of Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716) was born in Kyoto in a rich merchant family. He was one of the greatest ceramicists of the Tokugawa era

Kenzan received a classical Chinese and Japanese education and pursued Zen Buddhism. At the age of 27 he began studying with the potter Nonomura Ninsei (1648-1690) and in 1699 established his own kiln in Narutaki. Encountering financial difficulties, he moved in 1712 to Nijō, in central Kyoto, where he established another kiln. But difficulties pursued him there, and in 1731 he moved to Edo and built still another kiln.
He often produced gassaku with his brother Korin.

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