New Acquisition: Two Bizen Tea Caddies by Isezaki Jun & Mitsuru

These two distinct tea caddies with hidasuki ("red ribbon") and goma ("sesame") decor were made by the brothers Isezaki Mitsuru (1934-2011) and Isezaki Jun (*1936). Both were recognized as important heirs of the Bizen pottery tradition in Japan. Born in Imbei as sons of famous Isezaki Yôzan (1902-1961), both were members of the Nihon Kôgei Kai (Japanese Association for Arts & Crafts) (Mitsuru since 1961 and Jun since 1966) and both have won the important Kaneshige-Tôyô Price (Mitsuru in 1974 and Jun 1981). Whilst Mitsuru was awarded the title "Okayama Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property" in 1998 his younger brother, who is still alive, was entitled a "Living National Treasure" in 2004.