Celebrated Kogo

Two albums in accordion format (orihon) with 130 finely drawn brush-and-ink and color paintings of “Kogo” by Zen’an Sosetsu on mica-treated pieces of paper ranging from 118 x 80 mm. to 68 x 60 mm., & each mounted into two vols., title labels on upper covers “Katamono Kogo. Zen’an Sosetsu” [“Celebrated Incense Containers. [Drawn by] by Zen’an Sosetsu”].

Two vols. 4to (235 x 176 mm.), orig. silk fabric over boards, orig. silk labels, a.e.g. [Japan]: “1917.”

In 1855, there was issued a “Katamono Kogo sumo banzuke,” a chart produced by tea ceremony utensil merchants and connoisseurs from Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, and Kanazawa. This chart, which rated legendary Kogo, small lidded containers for incense used in tea ceremonies, was the result of a friendly competitive vote amongst connoisseurs who participated in the spirit of the tea ceremony itself. Many of the Kogo on the chart were produced in China and Japan as early as the 16th century and are considered today to be amongst the greatest treasures of tea ceremony utensils.

The list of Kogo on the chart was highly influential in the following years as a guide to collecting tastes, and its influence continues to the present day.

This is a collection of 130 fine and highly finished drawings by the relatively unknown artist Zen’an Sosetsu of many of the legendary Kogo listed in the chart. The drawings are presented in two very tastefully presented volumes. In some cases, there are several views of the same Kogo (side view, interior, and bottom) on the same piece of paper. Each is named and with information on its ceramic style and shape.

At the end of each volume, on the gold-flecked endpaper, there is an inscription in Japanese: “1917 June. Two volumes complete. Zen’an Sosetsu sho” with the seal of “Emura.” There are a number of blank leaves.

In fine condition but with some worming occasionally touching images.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 6484

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