Choho Kiln Kutani Rabbit with Tree Stump
This Kutani ware home decoration is in the design of an adorable rabbit on a beautifully decorated tree stump base.
The rabbit of this decorative item is called a "Mizunoto-u" which is the specific name for the zodiac rabbit sign for the year 2023. The Mizunoto-u represents calmness and gentle warmth which can be felt through its round shape and charming expression.
The unique and traditional method used to decorate the surface of the rabbit and the tree stump is a technique called "mori-e" which is similar to the technique of slip trailing. A thick paint is squeezed out of an "icchin," a dispenser with a fine tip, and patterns are carefully painted onto the surface. Mori-e adds decorative patterns and tactile textures to smooth porcelain surfaces.
The tree stump base is colored in bright yellow and orange hues, and decorated with auspicious patterns of pine trees, bamboo leaves and plum blossoms using the mori-e technique. The base is further complemented with gold highlights stemming from its sides adding to its appeal.
The front side of the rabbit is also adorned with plum blossoms outlined with detailed yellow lines and fine small dots.
This decorative item is set on a wooden tray with a red felt cloth that gives the piece a special and auspicious appearance. It also comes with a wooden plate written with the name of the kiln and the Japanese character for "Kutani." It is a wonderful decor item to set in a room for good luck and to add a festive atmosphere to any space in a home.
Choho Kiln was established at the end of the Taisho era (1912-1926), and has continued to operate as a wholesaler and manufacturer of Kutani Ware.
Chosaku Nishi, the first generation Choho and his younger brother studied and developed the "mori-e" technique of painting to be used to decorate figurines and larger decor items. Mori-e is the technique where thick paint is squeezed out of an "icchin," a dispenser with a fine tip, and patterns are carefully painted onto a surface. This technique suited Kutani figurines very well, and henceforth mori-e became the mainstream technique to decorate Kutani ware figurines and larger items.
The second generation Choho learned various techniques from his father and established the foundation of Choho Kiln.
In recent years, their main products have been interior decorations and ornaments. The third generation Choho continues to preserve traditional techniques and patterns while adopting a modern sensibility.
Kutani ware in the zodiac motif of the year have long been celebrated as lucky charms to welcome the New Year. This is a great gift for people who love Japanese culture and art as it comes in a well-crafted paper box with a lid labeled with the characters for "Kutani ware" in Japanese.
- Dimension: [Rabbit on tree stump base]12.5cm(4.9in) x 10cm(3.9in) x H16cm(6.3in)/[Wooden tray] W17.8cm(7.0in) x 11.8cm(4.6in) x 1.5cm(0.6in)
- Material: Porcelain, wood, felt
- Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani Ware
- Brand: Choho Kiln
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ABOUT CHOHO KILN
Choho Kiln is known for their skilled technique of "mori-e," a traditional technique of drawing patterns and designs with a thick paint onto a surface to give it a tactile texture and an added decorative touch. Choho Kiln developed the method of applying this method to Kutani ware figurines.
Nishi Chosaku, the founder of Choho Kiln studied the method of mori-e with his brother Taikichi back in the Taisho period. Up till that time, this method was used to decorate flat surfaces. The brothers developed the idea of applying this method to Kutani Ware figurines as Chosaku had studied the basics of form, design and color mixing as a teenager. As it turned, the mori-e technique suited Kutani figurines very well, and henceforth mori-e became a mainstream decorating technique.
Choho II learned various techniques from his predecessor, trained many apprentices, and solidified the foundation of Choho Kiln. Today, Choho is the third generation of the Choho family, and he is committed to preserving the tradition of mori-e while seeking out new possibilities for this technique.
About kutani ware
Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.