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Offered here is a very scarce, porcelain figurine of a Japanese Geisha by Kinkozan Sobei Vll. The figure stands 7-1/8 inches tall and is signed beneath the base with impressed chop mark and there is also a partial Kinkozan export label. I am not positive of the age, but would suggest the date of manufacture to be between 1890 and 1900.

This is one of only a few figurines with the Kinkozan Sobei impressed chop mark known to exist. It is also an important piece of Japanese Satsuma ware by one of the more prominent figures of the Kinkozan family of potters that had been in the Kyoto region of Japan since the early 1600s.

The following excerpt is from the Kyoto Ceramic Art Associations outline of "The History of Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware).

"In 1896 Shofu Kajo (1870-1928) and Kikozan Sobei VII (1868-1927) led the establishment of the Kyoto City Ceramic Research Center with the purpose of increasing the competitive edge of Kyoto ware in and outside Japan. Elite ceramic engineers such as Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966) who graduated from industrial colleges in Tokyo and Osaka turned to researching on the latest ceramic techniques at the time which included from raw materials, glazes to high-pressure electric insulators and dental porcelain. Many of the production techniques that have survived to this day are possible thanks to the research made during this period. In addition, a training school attached to the Kyoto City Ceramic Research Center set up for nurturing potters also went on to produce many potters who would become famous for their ceramic works. As a result of such achievements, the Ceramic Research Center was moved from under municipal administration to national administration in 1919, continuing its research and cultivation of new generations potters."

CONDITION: The head was broken off and re-attached with a hard putty, but apparently was not painted and remains in an unfinished state of restoration.
The nose has a small chip that was painted over and there is a tiny nick at the bottom of the Kimono, another small chip at the left corner of the base and a tiny nick on the back collar of the kimono. No other damage or repairS.

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