Japanese Vintage Kyoto-Kyo-ware, Porcelain Rabbit | Hukuusagi | Artist: Rainosuke | 1960
This is a very large, lifelike, and precious artistic porcelain rabbit with vermilion eyes and a wonderful facial expression. It is gracefully hand-made with natural proportioned detailing, and is skillfully, but minimally decorated. This piece was most likely created for an individual born in the year of the Rabbit, (usage). The Japanese consider “rabbit people” to be the most fortunate of individuals, who are smooth talkers, talented, ambitious, virtuous and reserved. They have exceedingly fine taste and regarded with admiration and trust.
It has Rainosuke’s impressed seal on the bottom, and the artist also signed the Tomobako, (presentation box). The box was specially made for this piece, is marked Fortune Rabbit, (Hukuusagi), and is important to its value for identification purposes. Condition: excellent condition for its age, with no cracks, or chips, and no observable wear on the piece or tomobako. Dimensions: 5-0”w x 6-1/4”d x 6-1/4”h.
Additional Information —
石田 来之助 Ishida Rainosuke, (1903- ), was born in Kyoto. His name is also spelled Kinosuke. He is a, famous First Class Potter, well respected within the pottery/ceramic community, and has won numerous awards. He has been accepted at the Nitten Exhibition, one of the most famous Japanese Art Exhibitions, many times. His work is on permanent display in the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and he is known for his skillful creation of okimono representing, Jūnishi (ジューニシ), the twelve animals represented in the Japanese Zodiac calendar.
Kyo-ware includes a variety of ceramics such as Raku, Stoneware, and Porcelain, ranging from white to many colors of clay, with some featuring underglazed or overglazed designs, and has been produced since the 1600s. Because Kyoto was the center of government and artistic output, at the time, potters came from al lover Japan to create the various okimono and tea utensils popular at the time.
Influence in Kyo-ware production came from surrounding kiln sites such as Nara, Seto, Imno, and Shigaraki, with red, black, and oribe-green the early colors seen in the wares. Over the centuries since, white, rust, and cream began to appear in okimono, tea bowls, and other associated decorative ware.