Oribe style square dish
Kitaōji Rosanjin 1883-1959
Kitaōji Rosanjin , born in Kyoto, was a man of many talents, first of all a ceramicist but also a calligrapher , seal engraver , painter, lacquerer and r estaurateur, as well as an epicure, active during the pre-war post-war period in Japan.
In his youth Rosanjin instantly became famous for his powerful calligraphy and engraving made possible by his profound understandings on ancient Chinese models. In 1920’s he shifted his focus towards food . He built his own kiln to produce vessels to serve the dishes he cooked himself at the Gourmet Club called Hoshigaoka Saryō he founded in 1925 in Tokyo. He continued his prolific ceramic production inspired by Momoyama classics of 16th century Japan . Vessels he made are often bold and dynamic in style, and are highly acclaimed for superb sense of design. Rosanjin is a true innovative artist, a pioneering genius with versatile styles. His works are sought after by both national and international collectors.